It was late afternoon, and we had already spent far more time by the seashore than we had expected to. Simply wanting to stay felt reason enough to do so; it was so peaceful - the tide was low, children were wading and observing and playing. Suddenly I wandered into this little haven of a spot, and watched the sailboats come into view in each window and disappear between them, much like when I used to close one eye and then the other as a child when experimenting with my field of view. It seemed like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, watching and waiting as the sailboats glided in and out of view. And with them glided time, but we stood there as if its passing did not matter.
Spring is upon us (or is upon being upon us).
With the end of the dreary winter months and the changing of the clocks comes the start of a fresh season of markets, shows and fairs - a perfect reason to get out, meet up with some friends and do some perusing or shopping!
On Tuesday, March 29th, I will be participating in the Market Cooperative Spring Forward fair, held from 11 am to 5 pm at McGill University in Montreal (SSMU Building, 3600 McTavish, above Sherbrooke, H3A 0G3).
Mark your calendar and come say hi! I'll have some of your favorite fine-art and metal prints, as well as some brand new photographs. The "Perfect Square" 8x8s will also make their first market appearance!
I am excited to be part of this event for the first time, especially because it takes place at my alma mater. The Market Cooperative was founded in 2013 by a group of students who are passionate about the local community, its economy and the sustainability of its artistic and cultural scene. Through markets held several times a year, the Market Cooperative not only creates opportunities for artists and musicians to showcase their talents, but for the McGill community to connect with the larger Montreal community.
Hope to see you there on March 29th!
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Increasingly, though, I felt the urge to join in on the fun. Hashtags are annoying, sure, but they are brilliant. And one of this year's main goals for Veni Etiam is to grow more connected to the community, to fans and to artists who do the same type of thing.
And so, three days ago, I took the plunge and created an Instagram account! And boy, let me tell you: the feedback is immediate (and addictive) on Instagram! I decided to make it an exciting mix of product previews, favorite photographs (that are either part of my collection or not) and perhaps even take some "day in the life" shots on the go, the way Instagram was meant to be used. So, whether I am in town or travelling, selling prints or just sharing them with you, you can follow my channel to find out what inspires me, and let me know what inspires you, too.
Of course, if you're hesitant with the whole Instagram thing as I was, you can still find me on this blog, or follow me on my other social media channels. Except Twitter, for now.
It happens every so often that I feel nostalgic of the countryside in Ostuni -- nostalgic of the peacefulness of those rustling leaves accompanying the constant chirping of crickets, of the smell of the dry earth baking under the hot sun, of food and wine so good that you catch yourself inhaling deeply with every bite and every sip, of those long inspiring conversations with locals who love what they do and live for what they do, in such a way that fills you with dreams and makes you think, "Yes. This is exactly how life should be".
What place are you nostalgic of?
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There are people who do their job, and people who LOVE their job.
Similarly, there are people who have the natural ability to make you feel like you are part of something meaningful and special, and who instill in you a sense of community that, in turn, propels you to give back with the same tireless dedication.
That is why I have supreme admiration for Caroline and Mathieu - proprietors of a Montreal boutique called "Affiche en Tête". They specialize in custom-framing but don't stop there; the boutique is a reflection of their love for vintage home decor items and of their commitment to encouraging local artists. Fine-art illustrations, photographic prints, greeting cards, serigraphs - a collection that is carefully curated and thoughtfully merchandised. The space is not over-crowded and short blurbs of local artists are often displayed with the items, enhancing the community feel. The shop-windows are as dynamic as Caroline and Mathieu are; there is always something new "en vedette" (in the spotlight), always a reason to stop-by and take a peak.
Caroline and Mathieu are just as lively on their social media channels, where they enthusiastically continue the conversation with their fellow artists and followers. A true sense of community that transcends good business sense, and that just radiates FUN. They are also wonderfully committed to supporting other business owners along the famous Avenue Mont-Royal and of the neighborhood - a burgeoning part of the Plateau Mont-Royal called the Village de Lorimier. You'll even find them on Instagram positively reviewing new restaurants or brasseries that open up along the Avenue!
This past year, which was the first for Veni Etiam Photography, I was blessed that so many artisan market organizers and boutique-owners gave me a chance, and offered me a place in the community. These experiences have been immensely rewarding in terms of what I have learned from talented individuals who have been at this way longer than I have. But if you're attuned to the way these collaborations make you feel, you quickly discover which ones stand out for you and make you think, "Yes! I want to be a part of this for as long as they'll have me!".
It is with this enthusiasm that I delivered my new spring collection to Affiche en Tête this week.
Head on over to find my colorful photographs of Montreal and of the world in 8x12 and in my BRAND NEW 8x8 squares. (And, you guessed it, you can have them framed!)
I am sure you'll love the boutique and all the other visual-art and decor items they offer. Let me know what you think!
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A Fisherman in Bari
It is a region of Italy that basks in sunlight and is continuously caressed by the salty breeze of two Seas. It is a place where culture and tradition reign, where the people are deeply rooted to their land, and where everyday simplicity is heart-tuggingly beautiful. Everywhere you look, there is something - or someone - that makes you want to keep looking. This fisherman caught my eye as he sat quietly, going about his daily business, in the only boat that wasn't blue.
For more glimpses of Bari...
If the colors and feel of Bari inspire you, check out more glimpses of Bari that you could purchase for your home in the online shop in a size and finish of your choosing.
Suggested on acrylic, but also available in canvas, aluminum, wood or as a fine-art print
Suggested on aluminium, but also available in canvas, acrylic, wood or as a fine-art print
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