Busker girl :)

The Arnprior Sunday Market‘s been going well for Musicalmagicalaurie. 🙂 The public’s been quite supportive. People seem to enjoy what I do and I make a fair bit more than minimum wage most days- very encouraging! One more Sunday left in the season- Sept. 24, 2017.  I’ve had a lot of fun with character and costume considerations for this project, indeed. Character’s me,  I think. 🙂 But I’ve been performing public domain traditional and folk songs so there’s definitely period vibe and I’ve had alot of fun thinking perhaps there’s some gypsy in the character. Like I was just passing through Arnprior and landed on this corner to stop and have a go at giving folks some tunes. Kind of like the girls selling flowers on the street back in the day, or something.  I love period works and this has been a make your own work project I’ve quite enjoyed. I don’t know if I’ll get to wear my Jones New York dress that I picked up at our local thrift store for 4 or 5 dollars, I think it was 4, don’t remember now. I’ve been weighing it in my mind. I think it could work- hello, flower selling girl found this in the Goodwill bin, how fortunate! 🙂 We’ll see- supposed to be pretty warm weather. I’ve taken some promo photos with the dress (pale lime green), anyway. 🙂 Some others with my various costume choices, too. Most of the clothing pieces, including the shoes (gifted), were gifted to me or thrift shop purchases. The brown gauchos were purchased new from Thailand, though- love them, as you may have noticed here, previously. 🙂

 

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A couple of weeks ago, after I played my first song- 2 fives! Got one before the song, and one after. 🙂 You can see the bottom of my “Camptown Races” dress.

 

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Busking at the Arnprior Market. August 6, 2017

 

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 Arnprior Market busking again, August 13, 2017

Costume Design

If you check out my posts at The Magic Cafe down at the bottom of the forum in The Clothes We Wear, you’ll see I’ve been working on costume design for the new set/show that’s in development.  Got a few pics today. Here’s one:

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Magicalaurie’s Music

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This painting is a recreation of a moment that I, as a music lover, was lucky enough to share with Viking, the cow.  When I was staying at my Dad’s back in 2000, I think it was, I often would bring my guitar out to the barnyard and sit on the upside down (winter) water tank and play.

I’d inevitably be joined by the “watertank gang” of cats, sitting up on the tank, on the playbook, and on me, if they could manage it.  As the available space on the tank was taken up, the rest of the hayseeds 🙂 took up their chosen seats on the ground surrounding.  Great crowd. What fun to sit out there with them in the sun and play and sing. They were most supportive, indeed.

One evening, Viking stopped, very close, and just stood, facing me intently, and listened to an entire song.  When it was over, she paused a moment, before turning and heading down to the river for a drink.  One of the best audiences any musician will ever have. So polite.  It happened a little differently than the painting shows, if I recall correctly.  As I recall she just looked and listened, I don’t think she did any chewing. Just one of the most interested, appreciative, and respectful individuals I’ve ever played for.

I painted this after hearing the local library was holding an event with a music theme and was seeking art to display.

I’ll be painting more of Viking’s “haystack gang” (those who are fans will note The Waltons’ references. 🙂 ) Many of the cats were named after the Waltons characters that year- Yancy, Delia, Corabeth, Jason, Jim-Bob, John-Boy, Zeb, etc., and one of the heifers was named Livvy, and a calf was named Ike.  Guess who did the naming. 😉  Just a beautiful bunch I’m so blessed to have engaged with.

I’m still working on the custom card deck- Magicalaurie’s Custom Cow Cards. The entire deck will be of cows- each card featuring a bovine I’ve known and loved. I’ve got several started to various degrees, and a couple completely drawn. Finish those and I’ll have about 45 or so to go, if I want to include some bonus jokers.  I’ll likely use this image of Viking, probably leave out the strap and get her nose in there. Refine a few things. Might keep that piece of hay in there, though, we’ll see. 🙂 I get a little intimidated by this project, all those cowlicks 😉 , but working on this has inspired my confidence and I enjoy the work, so lots more on the way…

Gratitude

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I went out on the MacNamara Trail yesterday, for the first time in ages, and bumped right into the above beautifully magical individual.  I had seen a pic someone had posted locally a few weeks ago of, I presume, this owl. I hadn’t seen mention since, but was wondering aloud before I hit the Trail about how to find one of these creatures. I’ve not stumbled upon one, at least to my knowledge, previously.  Where do I look? What time of day do these people who see owls go out? Well, it was afternoon when I chanced upon this one.   Last night on the Trail’s fb page, I noticed someone had posted a pic several days ago of a barred owl there.  So, it seems, at least one barred owl has taken up residence visibly on the trail.  I suppose s/he was rather sleepy during the time of my arrival- I saw a large bird swoop upward into the trees.  Could be an owl, I thought. Or maybe a hawk- I’ve seen one in the neighbourhood in the last few years.  I paused- I wanted to see if s/he might return relatively quickly.  It didn’t appear the individual had flown far- the rate of speed utilized indicated otherwise- so I figured s/he was likely near.  Whether I’d be able to spot her was another matter.  I told the chickadees I was going to see if the porcupines were home, but I’d be back later. Off I went, slowly, wondering where the owl might be when, suddenly, I looked up and there s/he was, perched serenely on an arched branch, directly above the trail, I’d say, less than 50 feet from where I’d left. Looking down with interest from double arched branches directly above the trail, the image suggested to me a “Welcome to the MacNamara Trail”.  S/he graciously posed for photos.  I decided s/he would be tolerant of a direct address and so proceeded with,

“I guess you’re used to people, here,” or something of the like.  I think I took some more footage before s/he calmly flew back in the direction she had commenced from.  I gave my thanks, audibly, as I do, and continued on my way to check on the porcupines.  It was quickly obvious no one had ventured their way in some time. The snow was significantly over my boots on their trail. Back tomorrow with my snowshoes! I decided, and turned back to see if I might be able to find the owl once more.  I did, and s/he allowed more photos and video and was so wonderfully open and interested. S/he turned away a few times, nodding off, I thought, but then would turn back toward me and give me a little more attention. I filled my memory card and then stayed just watching.  I moved closer, heading in the direction of home, slowly, and the majestic creature took flight once more.  That was enough.

I was back on the trail today with my wooden snow shoes- fantastic contraptions they are, indeed.  No sign of the owl. A few squirrel tracks, instead. So, they’re enduring, it seems.  All was quiet with the porcupines. The den didn’t appear to be occupied just then, but difficult to say one way or the other unless you actually see their white quills in the dark space.  I didn’t take notice of any, today.  There were some apparent trails there, though, so I think they are using the den, generally.  The weather was turning and it was snowing heavily when I left. I had figured that might end up the case, earlier, when the friendly owl was notably absent from view.  Sleeping in a tree, maybe, today.

 

 

 

Empowerment through the classic palm. :)

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I remembered this great keychain today.  I found it in a second-hand shop several years ago. At the time, he was one dusty beaver who hadn’t seen a pond in awhile. 🙂  I brought him home and gave him a bath… and put him away. He’ll work great in the new set, I think.

I really have so many cool pieces I’ve picked up over the last decade or so, and haven’t used them yet.  I think most magicians are also collectors… of books, of coins, of magic, of methods… one piece leads to another and I love artistic pieces, especially if I can find them inexpensively- then I feel like I’ve really accomplished something. We’re treasure hunters, indeed.

Well, I picked up a fairly large “coin” (actually an art medal, but same difference 🙂 ) today, in my hand and palmed it. CP took a few tries because it’s not milled. Once I got a little more familiar with it, no problem at all.  I felt empowered.  🙂 CP, FP, TP.  It’s been  awhile since I’ve really worked on my magic.  I started to earlier this year, but there’s been a lot going on and I didn’t progress with it.  This time I will get a set up and running.  Ideas starting to flow.  I thought of an effect I could add just a little while ago, in fact.

I sorted props this afternoon and this set has its own carrying apparatus now. ie. miniature knapsack.  🙂 Focus pocus! That was the name of my group’s theatre company back at Algonquin College 2003-2004. 🙂

Will start working effects tomorrow.  Here’s a few more prop pics I took before starting to write here tonight:

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He’s really quite a handsome beaver, isn’t he? 🙂

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“The Table”!  🙂 I still have to make “the tablecloth”. 🙂

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The elk! I’ve been thinking of putting them in with the wolves in a spellbound-type effect.  Elk are absolutely gorgeous creatures, I really find them so pretty.  Along with many others, of course, that’s me. I’ve got lotsa company, though, I think, really.

Bears are in…

The bears will be in.  I’ve gone back to researching beavers and there are lots of great connects.  I’ve been thinking bears, beavers, wolves, and moose- not necessarily in that order, though I think I will start with a Grizzly bear coin going into a change purse ie. hibernation. 🙂 Purse will remain in view “over the winter” 🙂 and a special reveal will be made later, in the Spring.  I have a nice prop to tie the bears in with beavers and now I’ll be able to use it.  My sister got me this great pen in Banff, years ago:

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I’m thinking of going with Roth’s “The Table” with Canadian nickels, as well.

Wolves have significant links to beavers, moose, and bears, so they’ll be a unifying feature of the set.  I might introduce elk, too.  I’ve got another medal from the Northwest Territorial Mint featuring elk that I think I’d like to use in a spellbound type bit in the set.  So presentation’s coming together,  I’ve settled on effects for the most part, and have been scouting methods.  I think I’m ready to start practicing.  I will be investing in a beautiful bear coin to join the rest of the bear props that will be featured.  I enjoy looking for beautiful coins and I found one.  The 2011 Year of Bear bimetal lira from Turkey. I’ll post a photo once I’ve acquired one of these coins.  Will be practicing with a substitute til then. It’s a coin that will be versatile, compatible with others I have that I won’t be using in this set. I like finding props that I’ll be able to bring in harmoniously with what I’ve already got.  That’s a design challenge, I suppose, and it’s one that I find very interesting.  There’s so much you can do.