Does anyone else get tree cravings? It must be a form of going stir-crazy, city-crazy, something like that. I lay awake from time to time wishing for trees, not even entirely sure what I want to do with them. Walk among them, climb them, smell them, hug them, build a house out of them in them, cremate them under marshmallows. This craving can get so strong that it physically feels like a thirst, and I wonder how common it is. I should probably read more Whitman.
Fortunately, after a year or two of strong periodic craving, I got to spend the last week before Halloween in a Tobermoy cabin with family, working on my fire-building skills, soaking in the hot tub, harnessing the power of layering, sipping cider and most importantly, hiking. We explored the peninsula between Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay in several multi-hour hikes. Between the changing seasons and the crystal clear water, the colors were just breathtaking.
And the smells of composting leaves! I’d never been hiking before and it was nice to break in my new boots, and breathe and breathe, with no car exhaust stink, no emergency sirens, no trains, no noisy student neighbor parties. There’s nothing like the beauty of silence.
We had a calm day that left the lake like glass, and a windy day that howled and whipped up the night. Sadly, we couldn’t stargaze because it was the week of the full moon, which was like a massive flashlight in the sky whenever the clouds cleared away. Next time!
I also got to test my photographer’s instincts, and in the end took over 900 pictures of rocks and trees and water. I’ll spare you most of them, but here are a few of my favorites.
I have concluded that my instincts are OK but could use some honing.
Nature is the wellspring of artistic inspiration that they say it is, and I’ve had a better fill of fall than ever. I’ll be designing more line art in anticipation of winter all the way up until Christmas time.
The day of the Fest was cold, wet and blustery (we’re talking four-sweaters, touque-and-mittens blustery) and the picnic-style coloring corner I set up with pillows, free coloring pages, markers and crayons didn’t get much use, but we stuck it out and had a pretty good time anyway. My hemp necklaces got all soggy, rainwater wormed its way into the pinback buttons and I couldn’t really show off my coloring books because the rain would wreck them, but I and my selling partners still managed to make a decent number of sales. I gave out nearly all of my free buttons (with business card attached, wink wink), and sold a handful of coloring books.
Unsurprisingly, we were in good company. We made some new friends, danced and chatted and enjoyed comradery with kind strangers. Spirits were high (pun!) despite the rain and wet. Two bands, Border Patrol and Sound System, provided great music while momentary mists of smoke wafted up from circles of sitting stoners. Due to our table’s close proximity to the hot-box tent I came down with some spacy giggles, which were soothed by some delicious pulled pork from the Snackbar B Q tent.
When it came time to march, I adopted my favourite sign in the pile: a big charicature of PM Stephen Harper hitting a bong. It was a true work of art. I used another sign reading “I want to be leaf” (veteran X-phile here) for strength against the wind and tried to take good care of it. Alas, by the end of the marijuana march both signs were in tatters from the weather and had to be thrown away with the rest. I want to reiterate that I did not draw the charicature myself! I don’t know who the artist is, but initials on the sign read “LW.”
Many thanks to friends and family for your support and assistance, the transportation, setup, cleanup and company. And more thanks to everyone at Endless Heights and the Rockhead Comedy Quarry for organizing. Looking forward to next year — and hopefully some kinder weather.
For those who attended the Marijuana March and for those who didn’t, I’ve provided the event coloring poster I made, as well as a coloring page of the mandala by itself, for FREE in the shop: here you go!
The Windsor Marijuana March and Cannabis Culture Fest is coming up in a few weeks! As soon as I heard about it I knew I had to participate as a seller, which meant I needed printed books to sell, ASAP. I brought my coloring book files to Copy Shack yesterday and they were ready today. Introducing the very first printed Candy Hippie coloring books, modeled by yours truly:
I’ve got twelve copies each of Hippie Kitsch and Advanced Flower Mandalas to hock at the fair.
They’re my first books ever.
You bet I’m gonna sign ’em!
While I haven’t decided whether to sell printed books through the Candy Hippie Etsy Shop or even in my dot-com shop, these two and all the rest will be available in digital format for you to print at home or at a print shop far into the forseeable future. I figure it makes the most sense to do it this way, since there are no shipping costs with digital files and no waiting. The valuable part is the data, not the paper, so why print and ship when we don’t have to? The future is now! :D
Still, all that said… it’s really nice to hold these babies in my hands.