Monday, December 30, 2019

the promise of new beginnings

Barely There by Sara Harley
Barely There - Inspiration Collaboration Image for January 2020
The view along the river one day in December was a magical, misty scene. The stillness created a mirror like finish on the river, with hardly a ripple. The town was barely there, mysteriously shrouded in fog.

It got me thinking about the end of December...the slower days between Christmas and New Year's when the world seems to quiet in anticipation of the promise of a new year. 

As the year ends, I feel the need to re-group and think about what I want to accomplish, reviewing the year and perhaps re-setting some goals. No matter how I try to "live in the moment", I am a goal setter and list maker.

I feel a combination of excitement and anticipation that has nothing to do with the holidays. Numerous ideas and plans flit through my brain. I would dearly like to relax and nap, but the excitement about a new year just can't be tamped down.

Life is an adventure...we are who the past has made us, and we'll become who the future creates. Like the town shrouded in fog, we cannot see what the future holds in store for us no matter how many plans we make.
Barely There by Sara Harley
Barely There by Sara Harley

Friday, December 27, 2019

Point of View - 2019 in review

Point of View Magazine by Sara Harley
Point of View Magazine
I decided to put together a magazine to compile some of my favourite images from 2019, along with some thoughts.

To view it online, click on the link below and then just click on each page to move forward and backward. 

There are arrows at the top right that you can click on to make it go on full screen so it's easier to read:

Saturday, December 14, 2019

It never hurts to ask

In early December 2019 I was enjoying my weekly breakfast outing with a friend and noticed that the walls of the restaurant were completely bare. For some unknown reason I was feeling a little more confident that day than I usually do so when I was at the cash paying for my meal I asked if the manager was in.
I had to wait while he was speaking with someone else, but wait I did. I introduced myself and asked if he would be interested in seeing my artwork. He said yes, so as soon as I got home I put together a small sampling of my images and emailed them to him.
He answered back the same day with an enthusiastic yes. So I got busy printing and framing and four days later I was in the restaurant hanging 14 images.
Neither one of us expected any sales, but I was happy to get the exposure and he was happy to get some colour on the walls.
Bonus for both of us....there were sales and I had to go back and replenish the walls.
Proving the point that it never hurts to ask. You may just be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
My art will be hanging on the walls of The Biscuit Eater in Mahone Bay until the end of January.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Issue 17: RE Nature

I'm extremely proud to be included in this publication. Two of my images were chosen as companion pieces to poetry published in this magazine.

Issue 17: RE Nature focuses on environmental awareness. Check out the whole issue online at this link:

My images are linked to these articles:

The Sixth Extinction: a lament by Nadja Lubiw-Hazard


The Oriole by Virginia Boudreau

Monday, December 2, 2019

Sandscapes Magazine

From larger than life vistas to intimate landscapes, the tides and sand create visual art that is constantly in motion. If I was to wish for anything I might wish that I was more comfortable with change, adapting as well as the sands and comfortable with new challenges. But in the meantime, I find solace in the ever changing gifts and joy in the peace of mind that a walk on the beach can bring.

I have compiled some of my favourite images and verse into a magazine called "Sandscapes". Click on the link below to view the magazine online. Just click on the pages to move forward and back through the book. Enjoy!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sandscapes Magazine

After years of making photographs during our beach walks, I decided to put my favourite images into one publication. A magazine seemed the perfect format....nice glossy pages, but not too precious to feel the obligation to keep for years on a bookshelf. 

From larger than life vistas to intimate landscapes, the tides and sand create visual art that is constantly in motion. More and more often, I focus my camera on the details in the sand, what I refer to as "sandscapes".

Sandscapes is available to view and/or purchase online.