Pysanky a Plenty
Colourful eggs among the spring gold
Back when I lived in Halifax, my neighbours had a tradition of inviting friends over every Easter to eat snacks and make pysanky, or Ukrainian Easter-eggs. It was always such a lovely time, creating designs by candlelight with friends.
After moving to BC, I missed it so much that I bought myself a kit at the cute Ukrainian Canadian Cultural Centre gift shop and taught Seán & his mom how to make them, to try to recreate those warm feelings and have fun playing with dyes and wax.
🌺 ✨ Hummer Nectar Schedule 2022! ✨ 🌸
It's a new year, and you know what that means.... time to print out your shiny, new & improved ✨Hummingbird Nectar Refresh Schedule✨!
Last year, I was dreaming about including a flip-side to the schedule that would provide a recipe, helpful tips and interesting facts. Whelp, with a timely nudge from the Rocky Point Bird Observatory (who asked to display an updated version on their website), I finally achieved this!
Download the new schedule here & read more about the process in Kate's Patreon post.
January 1, '05: Dusk. Four Annas feed together.
Two strange creatures spotted collecting acorns here recently...
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December 7, 1999:
Last winter, put a "roof" over where Annas male sat all season.
Removed in spring, and recently re-nailed.
Now see Annas sitting on same perch under his roof.
#art #winter #日本
Artistic Inspiration: Kristyna Baczynski
Over the past several months, we've been greatly inspired and delighted by the work of UK-based artist Kristyna Baczynski — whose Patreon we both subscribe to, where we're rewarded with in-depth explanations of her creative / business process which has been masterfully honed over many years of making beautiful comics, zines, prints, and more. She's also been incredibly generous in offering advice as we've been developing our own creative practice together as Hummingcrow & Co.
A few weeks ago, we were overjoyed to receive her gorgeous Wild Year zine set highlighting wild plants growing in her region of Europe each season – and thought this would be a great opportunity to highlight her work! One of our biggest hopes and dreams is to eventually create our own zine series about the various goings-on around Hummingbird Hill over the seasons, and if we're able to manifest something half as magical as Kristyna's creations, we'll be very happy indeed.
Pollinator Week Finale: A Tale of Two Pies
As you're all no doubt aware, today is Tau Day! So no further explanation is neede-
Oh! It seems that Quinton is unfamiliar with this widely-celebrated and much-beloved human holiday. So before we continue, here's a brief bit of background:
Pollinator Portraits: Skip and Sweat
Due to the current heat-spells in our region, we haven't been able to spend as much time as we'd like observing who's been buzzing and fluttering around our flowers during this year's Pollinator Week. Instead, we took to the shade and comfort of our workshop to continue our Little Paintings series. We each chose a species that caught our fancy and spent some quality time interpreting their likenesses and doing some deeper research into their lives & habits.
Here's a peek at our colour-testing sheets for the portraits— read on to see the results... 🌼 🐝- – -
Bewick's Bird Card + Farewell-to-Spring
Wren by Seán, environment by Kate
We're so happy and honoured to have had the opportunity to join a community of artists and naturalists from around our region once again in highlighting 36 of our avian neighbors for the latest set of Art Bird Cards. This was a great opportunity for us to continue honing our digital art skills and we learned a lot in the process of collaborating on this illustration of a Bewick's wren (Thryomanes bewickii)—a year-round resident here atop Humm Hill.
Artistic Inspiration: Drift Body
My friend Scott recently started publishing a beautiful quarterly zine series called Drift Body filled with wholesome, enchanting original poetry & prose alongside inscriptions from ancient Orphic tablets. I recently received the first issue and carried it with me down to the water below one of my favourite nearby wandering areas, Fort Rodd Hill, to read alongside a couple of old birthday cards & writings that my grandfather sent me two decades ago.
~ Minna Kikeru Monday!
One of my favourite discoveries while virtually wandering Japan last fall with Kate was Minna Kikeru ( みんなきける / “Everyone Can Listen”) — a digital music shop/space created by a group of musicians (loosely emanating around Tenniscoats / majikick) who wanted to showcase & support independent music which is otherwise difficult/impossible to track down outside of 日本, and in the process circulate positive energy and a greater sense of connection throughout their community during the pandemic.
We now have a tradition of listening to Minna Kikeru releases on Mondays here (in a series of alliterative music days, followed by Tape Tuesdays & Wax [LP] Wednesdays), and once a month I buy a few more releases to add to my growing collection — Bandcamp-Friday style.
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#music #art #日本
A couple weeks ago we ran short of places to plant our more-numerous-than-originally-intended vegetable starts. So, we had to get creative...
Full story & more photos on my Patreon.