June 2022 – A Review

What an amazing month!

We survived lol!

I’ve made no secret of the struggles we have had here in the Babstock/Pomroy house. Dee’s health struggles continue. I’m not going to get into great detail here, it’s her story to tell. It’s been a journey with many twists, turns and bumps in the road.

We are still of course hopeful that with the upcoming tests, MRI and EEG, that we will at least have some answers and a path forward.

It’s been rough to get the bills paid, but we have once again managed to get through the month and meet our commitments. Sales have been ok, not great, but ok. Enough that we made it all come together. I am optimistic that with the fall comes an increased demand for cards/calendars and gifts.

It’s not all been bad, not even CLOSE. Made some significant print sales, calendars have been doing ok and even made some NFT sales in what has been a very challenging market. On top of that, I have gotten out TWICE for overnights in the Subaru and hope for more in July.

These trips aren’t expensive really, BUT, the Subaru is showing signs of concern. There are more squeeks, clunks and stutters at times and I am fearful that on an outing I might end up with a broken down car. It makes it harder for me to plan trips further afoot. Though, truth is, I can’t live in fear. I need to get out and capture more to appeal to a broader audience so I can support my family through the demand for my work.

Still waiting on Subaru to step up and sponsor my travels lol…

Anyway, it has been a great month. It ended with a market and an indication that we should have some success with those moving forward over the summer. Dee tried a trial on some handcrafted stickers and they were a HIT!

Here’s a little overview in photos of the month that was, starting from the beginning of June through to the end.

If you like this work, could I please ask you to have a look at my Etsy, Printshop or consider buying a coffee or two? Thanks so much, you are all appreciated.

Now the photos!

Lets see what July will bring!

Route 235 – An Overnight

A little late on this one, had a wedding reception to attend and some life stuff to take car of lol.

Earlier in the week I posted about a day trip I took on Route 235 and how I had scouted a possible area for an overnight. Well, on June 16th I decided to try it out.

It was a short trip BUT a worthwhile one, I got to test my Jackery, portable rechargeable power source and it didn’t disappoint. More on that in a bit… first, an overview of the setup in this video…

I decided after setting up to take a quick hike over the ridge. As always, curious to see what might be over the next hill lol… and I wasn’t disappointed!

It was late in the day when I arrived and the light was fading fast. while a spectacular sunset didn’t manifest, I was happy with the skies that did develop

I had hoped to get some astro photography in that night but a near full moon was giving off WAY too much reflected light and that didn’t happen.

This was a short overnight, I woke up refreshed early the next morning and took the time to have a coffee in the field before heading back home.

The jackery performed well, charged my cel phone and tablet from empty and retained almost 85% of its charge. This is a huge benefit to my overnights and a game changer!

The only thing I really need moving forward at this point is a portable toilet and privacy tent, though, I am trying to pre-scout areas for publicly available facilities and have already decided in some cases to stay at a campground to take advantage of what they have to offer.

Hoping an overnight to the Burin area soon, or the Southern Shore. My oldest is having day surgery on his foot on Tuesday so things are a bit up in the air as of yet!

I do hope you enjoyed this little post. It will be on my main blog in a few days, but as always, I wanted to share my experiences with you, my kind supporters, first.

If you did like this and would like to see more, stand by, there’s more to come. Your continued support through purchasing a work on my Etsy, my 2023 Calendar is now available there, my printshop or, simply by purchasing a coffee is very much appreciated, though not required. Content will continue to be collected and posted here for you folks always!

All the very best.

Cory

Roue 235

On Sunday I took some time to explore Route 235.

Route 235 is an off shoot of Route 230, known as the Discovery Trail, or, more so locally, the Bonavista Highway!

It’s a familiar path for me, two of my favorite communities are off route 230 as well as many other places of beauty and splendor.

I had anticipated taking photos of some eagles or maybe some whales if I was lucky. Sadly, struck out on both counts but captured some wonderful images that reflect the region, including the iceberg that has been hanging out in Open Hall for about a month or so now.

Its been fun returning there from time to time and seeing the changes occur in this particular berg. Its rolled a couple of times in its stay out there, and what we see in those photos above could very well be what was on the bottom a week ago. It’s been a wonderful draw as well, again today there were many tourists out there and I know that Shawn Prince from Sea of Whales tours has been particularly busy for the start of the season. The region needed that!

From there I drove through the town of Red Cliff, I didn’t stop for photo’s there today, but continued to the place I have often described as where my soul lives. Tickle Cove.

The Subaru and I decided to take a road we had not yet traveled and am I ever glad we did!

Tickle Cove is just an hours drive from me, BUT, I will be staying at this location for an overnight soon. The sun sets on that cove, and I also get a feeling I could get some pretty spectacular astro photos there as well!

Here’s the thing about Tickle Cove… I feel connected there and I have always dreamt of owning a property there to run a small gallery out of. I know it’s out of the way, I know it’s likely not something that will happen, but we need dreams right? There’s a particular property there that has drawn me in for a LONG time and I have photographed it sooooo many times…

Here’s the photo from yesterday….

and here’s a few others from over the past year or so…

My ABSOLUTE knock it out of the ball park, pie in the sky dream would be to be able to buy that property and rebuild a modern structure reflecting those lines and incorporating as much of the original material an such as possible.

That would cost a LOT of coffee lol

From Tickle Cove I took a quick drive down the road a ways to the town of Keels. In particular a part of Keels called the Turkish Shore.

It’s another location that I have photographed dozens of times in the past but it NEVER gets old…

I do hope you enjoyed this little post. It will be on my main blog in a few days, but as always, I wanted to share my experiences with you, my kind supporters, first.

If you did like this and would like to see more, stand by, there’s more to come. Your continued support through purchasing a work on my Etsy, my 2023 Calendar is now available there, my printshop or, simply by purchasing a coffee is very much appreciated, though not required. Content will continue to be collected and posted here for you folks always!

All the very best.

Cory

St. Brendan’s Island – June 3rd-4th

Howdy folks!

Its long been a dream of mine to just be able to jump in the car, head out with my camera and just NOT be on a clock. To be able to stay, sundown to sunset, out in the field. To NOT have the expense of lodgings in a hotel or AirBnB.

Well, its now become a reality.

I have outfitted my 2012 Subaru Outback to accommodate this ol’ body and allow it to sleep, where-ever I may be.

No HEAVY mods, just an air mattress, a power pack, some bug screens and a butane stovetop. Its really all that’s needed for shorter runs, though I would like to upgrade as I go.

Here’s a short video of a Tik Tok where I review the setup in the field.

I was surprised just how comfortable the sleeping was. The ONE issue was at about 2-3 am when I needed to pee, lol, it was COLD outside and it took a while to warm back up. Beyond that though, great success!

So…

St. Brendan’s.

A small island, though larger than you might think, of the coast of Newfoundland in Bonavista Bay. You can access the island via the provincially run ferry out of Burnside. There are three crossings daily, both to and from and for a single person, and vehicle, the cost was under $20.

It’s about a one hour run on the ferry to the island. Once disembarked one of the first things you’ll notice is that the roads are all dirt. Reasonably well maintained however and no problem for the typical family car to travel. St. Brendan’s itself is made up of several smaller communities: Pennys Cove, Clay Cove, Shalloway Cove, Dock Cove, Hayward’s Cove and Shoal Cove spread across the 10 miles of so of the island.

The thing you REALLY need to know about St. Brendan’s if you are going is that there is NOTHING there in the way of tourist accommodations or resupply. There are no cabins, Bnb’s, cottages, motels or hotels, no stores, no gas station, no restaurant or even a snack truck, at least not when I was there.

So, pack a lunch, make sure your fuel is full and you have everything you need for your stay there.

There is however a very nice, clean and modern public washroom at the Ferry site that I was happy to discover could be accessed 24 hours a day!

A very picturesque island with so many reminders of the past, old homes, boats left to decay but with a modern school, community hall and post office, a reminder of the past and the present are with us at all times. One of the most amazing things that I discovered within 5 minutes of landing on the island was that it was CRAWLING with wildlife, in particular moose. I saw 17, yes 17 in the 24 hours I was there.

There were also MANY rabbits, birds of prey and more.

The other constant during my trip was a lovely iceberg that was in the bay and didn’t move much while I was there…

We are so lucky to live where we do and be visited by these islands of ice each spring.

It was a wonderful trip for me, a cleansing of sorts to be sure….

A great success!

I ended my time with a lovely cup of coffee at sea side…

and its was off for home!

Of course, once I returned home it was all about going through my memory card and seeing what magic I might have captured during the trip and I did have a few wins.

Here are my three favorite photos from the trip…

First, an inclusion in my Yellow – Visitations I collection. As an aside, I realize some of you may not know what that is, so here’s a link to a good explainer of what that’s about.

Yellow – An Introduction

This work is called Aloft

If you look closely you may see why its called what its called.

Second is a capture I feel plays well on geometry and the feelings of friendship and sharing.

This is also available now in my printshop, you can access that by clicking on the title

Between Friends

and last, but by no means least, is a capture of the most photographed ship in St. Brendan’s, the Island Lady. Tragic, romantic, stirring, a reminder of days gone by.

This work is also available now in my printshop, again, clicking the title will bring you there.

Ashore – The Island Lady

I do hope you enjoyed this little post. It will be on my main blog in a week, but I wanted to share my experiences with you, my kind supporters, first.

If you did like this and would like to see more, stand by, there are more to come. Your continued support through purchasing a work on my Etsy, my 2023 Calendar is now available there, my printshop or, simply by purchasing a coffee is very much appreciated, though not required. Content will continue to be collected and posted here for you folks always!

If you enjoyed this article, why not Buy Me a Coffee, it goes a long way towards making these trips possible!

All the very best.

Cory

It Begins!

After much debate and deliberation I have decided to release the first five photos from Yellow – Visitations I on Opensea.

This has been an amazing journey of discovery and self-exploration that I am thrilled to share with you all.

I cannot wait to see where the next turn in the road leads.

I present to you Yellow – Visitations I

Housekeeping

Short post.

I’ve been sharing the photos that are to be part of the Yellow – Visitations 1 collection and one question has come up again and again.

Can I purchase these?

The short answer is YES! You sure can…

The complicated answer is YES! BUT… not yet lol…

Here’s the thing. I want to have an entire, solid, cohesive collection of about 30 photos that are united by theme, but tell their own stories.

I am HOPING to collect these photos in an exhibition, an NFT collection and, lastly, some sort of book. Though the book may wait. This is Visitations 1 Afterall there could be a 2, 3, or even 4…

Foreshadowing lol…

At any rate, I’m not going to make any of these available for purchase until the whole is ready to go.

Expect 6-8 weeks.

In other news.

I have a calendar I am currently taking pre-orders on. It has been going REMARKABLY well, like, beyond all expectations well.

I set a goal of $3000, which is around what I spent on calendars last year though two orders. I set $3000 because I figured if I could pay for the calendars I sold LAST year and have that stock up front I could be better prepared to attend markets and HOPEFULLY sell more.

This IS my income right now, heck, its the families only income right now until Dee get’s her EI claim straightened away. Being better positions is everything,

Well, I am excited to say that as of this blog the Kickstarter is at $4650

$4650!!!!

What does that mean?

Well, it means I can be in an amazing place with inventory. I will have more calendars up front than all of last year, I am also investing in my line of greeting cards, buying a greeting card display rack so I am more professionally displayed at the markets..

I am investing in stock of 8×12 and 5×7 prints for both my Etsy and the markets. I am prepaying registration for a half dozen markets this coming summer. I am purchasing , up front, ALL the packaging and envelopes I will need to ship my stock this summer.

THIS IS HUGE!!!!

I am setting the table for what should be a busy summer, the first in a while where, right or wrong, our borders are open and we are inviting folks, particularly from here in Newfoundland, to come home.

It’s COME HOME YEAR!!

While there seems to be ample funding for some ventures, it looks like little ambassadors for this province are going to have a harder time accessing any of it, at least, from what I have seen. If anyone knows any different, please, let me know.

That being said, I have a HUGE sense of pride and accomplishment having raised almost $5000 through my own passion and hard work, teaming up with the kindness and generosity of all you very real folks out there. I am going to have the BEST selection possible to be a success this summer and it’s all from my own hard work and vision. I know pride can be dangerous, but in this case, I am going to bask a little in it, for the next little bit at any rate.

Thank you. Everyone, who pre-purchased a calendar, you may have saved our family this summer, you’ve certainly made it a little more realistic to succeed. You are all appreciated.

If you are interested in purchasing the calendar, you still can, the pre-order with all the goodies, free shipping, signed calendar, signed print and more, that ends at noon on April 4th, but after then, it’ll be in my Etsy if you are reading this a little later.

Thanks folks, thanks for helping give this old fella a little boost.

Amazing.

Cory

Travels

This project will require travel.

It’s about introducing the object to as many location as I can and exploring how it interacts, contributes, detracts or other wise influences the environment it placed in.

The original plan was to outfit my 2012 Subaru was a sleeping foam, pack up the ol’ camping gear and pick a destination. However, my Subaru is ailing right now and MAY have suffered a end of life breakdown. Yet to be determined, but needless to say, if it CAN be fixed, it won’t be a cheap fix.

Our other car. A 2016 Elantra, hasn’t moved since December when a rodent invaded it, left feces and urine all over the place, chewed the stuffing from the rear seat, chewed up the rear seat belts and heaven only knows what other damage. We are waiting for parts, for FOUR months now we have been waiting for parts.

The insurance just gave us a rental for a month, so hopefully one way or the other the car will be fixed. OR, the Subaru recovers.

It’s a shame really. The wife and I had just completed a glorious adventure and were in the midst of making plans for the next trip when the Subaru acted up, quickly squashing them.

I may pull out our old 2 man dome tent and see if that will suffice. I surely can’t afford am AirBnB or cabin every trip but I need to get out there. You see the quandary. I am hopeful that print, calendar and NFT sales continue and it will allow me some measure of stress relief from the financial side. I sure hope so, because the art, man, the ART is amazing, as is this place I call home.

Here’s a few photos from our trip along a small portion of Burin Peninsula earlier this week. Many more trips await, just need to figure out the logistics and such! Can’t wait to share more with you all.

Burin Peninsula – Bay L’Argent – Harbour Mile

and just a funny little shot of myself taking advantage of the chair…lol…

The nice thing, well, one of the nice things, there’s a lot of them really, of having Darlene join me is the candid shots lol….

That’s it for today..

Oh, one thing, I’ve added two more to the complete collection, binging the count to 4 now. You can view in the gallery!

Thanks!

Cory

The Change

So its official now…

I’ve decided to change the title of this project 100%

It’s stilled prefaced by yellow, BUT, its now Yellow – Visitations 1

Visitations 1 you say? What does THAT mean?

Could mean something, could mean nothing, could be me hedging my bets.

Time will tell.

Couple of housekeeping things.

One, my shop links and NFT links are above, as well as a link to my coffee site. I am trying, really really hard, to make a living creating this work. I am almost there… well… I thought I was at any rate.

I spoke about my wife’s health issues a little in the previous blog. They are still there and we are still awaiting her EI claim to kick in. She was on sick EI, we had hoped the transition to a regular claim once it was established she couldn’t return to the work she was doing, would be instant. We shouldn’t be surprised, BUT there a 4-6 week waiting period.

Pair that with my trusted Subaru outback being down for the count, and likely beyond the scope of repair that I can afford to pursue, we are on hard times just now.

So, if you could look at my offerings, that would be wickedly appreciated. I just added 10 new 8×12 prints to my Etsy shop as well, here those are…

These prints were going to be exclusively available in person at various markets this summer, but I felt I should offer them up to the general public as well.

I guess the bottom line is, we sure could use a hand right now. I know we have asked this before and by god you folks out there have stepped up so well in the past. I feel horrible for asking again, but here we are.

If not, please, continue to enjoy the blogs and the photos! Those are free to enjoy and always will be!

Now…

Today…

Today I visited beautiful Melrose on the Bonavista Peninsula.

It was a snow squally kind of day and there are a chain of small rock islands just off the coast there that are amazing. I felt it would be a wonderful spot to set up the yellow chair and take in a little visitation, a moment with the divine….

Such peace and solitude in the face of nature. I hope you enjoy these works. I have a feeling at least ONE of these will make it to the final collection of works.

The Squall
Solitude
Pensive
Visitation

I do hope you are enjoying these works. It’s been a growth experience for me. I find myself spending as much time sitting the chair absorbing where I am as I do capturing it with a lens. I firmly believe the best work comes when we are exploring and learning about ourselves.

I hope you stay for the journey.

Cory

Yellow – An Introduction

The FIRST photo

If you have been following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram you will have noticed that lately, my photos have a special guest in them.

A humble, yellow, wooden kitchen chair.

What’s going on with the chair you might ask, and you would be right to do so!

Well, lets start back before there WAS a chair.

In the fall of 2021 I was working on another project entitled Saltwater Cathedrals. It was an exploration of the buildings, artifacts and materials used in the fishery for generations. It was also an exploration of how these places had a heavy “weight” to them, the history, the generations of hard work and how that might have imprinted on the structures.

In addition is was an study of the landscapes these places and objects were located. Often grand sweeping vistas, powerful seas, rolling waves, the power of nature and the divine. It was as if subconsciously there was an effort to get closer to the other. It resonated with spirit for me.

Then a health scare hit our home. My beautiful wife, Darlene, had tonic colonic seizures and then developed a yet to be diagnosed abdominal ailment. As a result of the seizures she lost her ability to drive, so I had to stay closer to home. My plans for exploring outport Newfoundland took a little hit.

I didn’t want to wallow in that and started thinking about ways I could create an interesting project closer to home. I started thinking about how I always liked to tell a story with my work, I also started to think about how to invite the viewer to spend a little more time in a space, how to not only grab their interest but to invite them to stay a while, get comfortable, explore.

I struck on the idea of a kitchen chair.

Now, before I get into what I chose a chair, among other things, let me just say I drew some inspiration from local Newfoundland artist Will Gill and his extraordinary installation The Green Chair in Maberly, Newfoundland. I suggest you visit his site by clicking the provided link. It’s STUNNING work created a stir for all who visited.

Incidentally, I have reached out to Will and explained my project and to thank him for the inspiration. While our work is linked by object, our explorations are of different themes. I did want to ensure that he was aware I was utilizing the chair. We had a great conversation, he looks forward to seeing what comes out of the project!

So, why the chair?

I wanted to explore what happens to a space when you introduce an object that doesn’t really belong. I also wanted an entry point to the photo, basically inviting a person into the space to sit and absorb where they are. I used a chair, in particular a kitchen chair, because there’s a comfort in that, a sense of warmth, kind of like Nan’s house.

Chairs are ALMOST universal and easily recognizable. Their function is known and they have a place. Its interesting to me what happens when that place isn’t what we would expect?

I chose yellow because of the association it has with dories, a traditional in shore fishery vessel here in Newfoundland, and the Government wharves constructed in many bays. Yellow is also associated with memory and recall.

That’s where the idea started, now its spread out from there a little and with the creation of this blog today I will share these photos and the thoughts behind them!

I hope you enjoy!

Cory

Discovering Discovery-Day 116-Sept 24, 2021

I’m still terrified…

But the anxiety is down a little.

Its sink or swim time, I have about a month to two months grace before the situation goes critical and if it becomes critical, well, then I’ll do the right thing and get a job where-ever I can.

It might seem egotistical, and its not because I think I’m too good for retail or the food industry, I just feel like I am doing a disservice to the talents I was given. I have a vision and I love nothing more than sharing it with the world…

BUT…

It needs to make sense to do so, mental health is one thing, but not being able to pay the bills will erode the mental health faster than almost anything else, and heck, if it was just me I would suffer a little, the craft is worth it, but I have family that depends on me.

Ah who knows, maybe I sell through my Discovering Discovery collection, get my ArtsNL grant, sell a load of prints, calendars etc and get my book deal and I’ll look back at this time and chuckle about how melodramatic I was.

Updated the Gallery located at Cabin 6 in Milton today. I had all canvases in there, but now have a selection of framed works in there. Hopeful these prove popular and I sell some of them.

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Also got to hang out with this fella a bit, Darrin Reid, owner, operator and driving force behind Cabin 6 Stone Fired Pizza.

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If ever you needed proof that hard work and believing in yourself pays off then look no further, a REAL success story and I couldn’t be prouder to know this gent…

Folks, that’s it for this evening…. keep your collective fingers crossed for my sanity and lets all pray for success, for us all, these coming months….