Broad leaf evergreen tree native to Canada, because they do not like shade and must have well drained soil.
Restricted to a narrow band along the south coast they are often found on open clearings and exposed rocky bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Their twisting trunks and reddish-brown bark that peels in thin flakes exposing greenish to cinnamon-red bark underneath, have been the inspiration for many artists. Me included!!
Living in East Sooke surrounded by nature and access to some of the most stunning hiking trails, I feel truly blessed.
The trunk of this arbutus inspired mosaic tree where made up of found beach crockery.
The well worn and natural patina of these beach crockery pieces, where a perfect fit for this particular mural, especially since I found them on the beach in front of the park where this mural is installed.
Last summer my Grand children came from Nova Scotia to visit , we spent many hours beach combing looking for treasures.
Much to my delight my little Abby is collector, she would spend hours at the beach with me never tireing, in fact I would try to tell her it was time to go ...."OH NO Grndma don't you want to find more" she would say.
Anything would please her, drift wood (which I still have her collections) pine cones from our friends back yard, she would quickly turn into her own creation to be gifted.
One of all our favourite finds would be heart rocks from the beach.
To Michael and Abby
Happy Valentines Day!!!
Love from Grandma
The final step grouting, for this I used two different colors of grout a bit tricky but well worth the extra effort.
Just a bit more polishing and then off to Ahimsa Yoga studio
Ahimsa meaning reverence, love, compassion for all.....
The first time I saw the logo for Ahimsa Yoga studio in Sooke I imagined it as a mosaic, so when I was asked to do that very thing I was so excited.
Just using old china bits and pieces my challenge, to do justice to this logo.
On one of my usual second hand store rounds I found these old crackled side plates, pale yellow just right for the sun rise sky.
There where a half dozen or so in this set a good day for collecting!
Just about to completion , next step grout!
Ed Macgregor Park
Named after the first Mayor of the town of Sooke.
The Parks Location is in the 6700 block of West Coast Rd Sooke B.C.
The Mural "Sunday in the Park" was created as a part of the 25th anniversay cellebration of the Sooke Fine arts
The Mural depicts the annual events that take place in Ed Macgregor Park.
The Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra hosts the annual Philarmonic Fling a free concert taking place in July.
Another popular event ART IN THE PARK happens in August.
follow the path........
the mural is finished and ready for installation
sometime in Oct.
Many Many thanks to all of those helping hands and to those of you who dropped off boxes of dishes and tiles thanks.
It was great to meet new people and share my love of mosaics.
Vicky from Redding California..........., the lady in the yellow dress turned out superb!!
Thanks for sharing....and allowing all of us here in Sooke to be a part of your 50 day cellabration, take care and be in touch.
The" Bitchin Babes", take the stage.
This project was a part of of the 25th anniversary cellabration of the Sooke Fine Arts
Getting closer to the finish......a few more pieces, then on to grouting.
More on that later.....
Its starting to take shape..... the coummnity effort is paying off!!!
thanks to all who added their bits!!!!
The Mural is really taking shape....
fun was had by all