This beautiful photo, taken by Willow is a special spot on the Pacific Ocean shores of White Rock Beach, British Columbia, about 20 minutes from where we live.
The photo holds great significance for Doug, his Mom, the kids and I… because it was taken when the five of us gathered together to say goodbye to Doug’s Dad, Erv. As many of you know, he passed away after an incredibly swift battle with cancer. Erv loved this beach very much, and it was where we laid his ashes to rest.
Both Doug and I grew up in the small beachside community of White Rock… Doug a few more years than myself. His parents, back in the early sixties, bought a home overlooking the water, up on the hillside in the top right corner of this photo.
I grew up about ten minutes away and spent a good chunk of my teen years combing these very beaches, tanning, cruising and searching for beach glass.
Doug and his family also spent many hours beach combing and playing in the sand and water. They went to bed many an evening watching the sun set and then waking to the sounds of the waves rolling onto the rocks the next morning. So when it came time to say goodbye to Doug’s Dad (Grandpa Erv) for the last time, this was the most fitting place we could think of.
It was a warm and peaceful night. The sea was flat with only the slightest breeze to carry the salty scent of the ocean air across the sand and the rocky coastline.
The five of us sat quietly on a large sun dried log that was left behind from one of the Winter storms. We listened to the sound of the gentle waves and tried to come to grips with letting him go. Reflecting on the time we spent together and the memories of the tall, quiet man with the large callused hands of someone who worked hard, but the gentle touch of kind heart that was loved by many.
When the night came to an end, we each chose a rock from the beach to remember Erv by. He was always filling his pockets with rocks and shells and sea glass… declaring he’d be the first one that day to find the clearest agate.
We miss you Erv. We will think of you every time we gaze across the water and beyond to the horizon. You will forever be in our hearts and there along the seashore, searching for treasure and breathing in that sweet briny air.
The following Vol-052 A-series White Rock Beach color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of September 2012:
- Peace (Recipe 052-1A)
- Calm (Recipe 052-2A)
- Adrift (Recipe 052-3A)
- Silhouette (Recipe 052-4A)
… Peace is the soft Apricot Pink found in the sunset on this quiet reflective night on White Rock Beach. Calm is the name I gave the Gray Blue of the almost flat water. Adrift is the Brownish Gray of the damp driftwood scattered along the shore. And Silhouette is the Smokey Gray Black of the darkening hillside, where the Lietz Family once resided, many happy years ago.
I always make the color recipes… we enjoy your palettes – always. Thanks for adding this PLUS to your Polymer Clay Tutor videos!! ~Patt-W
I would be one sad girl if I were to miss any of Cindy’s beautiful colour sets. I have gotten in the habit of religiously responding to emails first thing every morning… of course on Fridays I am very tempted to skip to Cindy’s email, but I force myself to read them all in order. Then I save the B-series first (actually to my hard drive AND to a separate USB drive, just in case LOL). Only then do I wander over to the members-only section. I am happy to say I have never “forgotten” any recipes with this habit. When I am ready to mix clay colours I also have a little notebook to do my calculations as I make very small samples, just for reference, since I don’t buy much Premo brand. I save my baked colour samples in the same notebook to have for comparison. ~Monique-U
Cindy – I’ve never commented on your color recipes, but appreciate them and your videos so much. No doubt there are plenty of others like me who sorta hang out in the background and let others do most of the talking. I don’t make jewelry – the necklaces, earrings etc. – but I spend hours making things to give away. Tons of key rings, badge reels, magnets, bookmarks, etc. I’ve covered lots of tins that everyone seems to like. Little kids especially seem to love them. And I get lots of comments back from people who seem to like to take the beads and turn them into pendants, earrings and bracelets themselves. I put lots of beads on the little ball chains and tell people to attach them to gift packages or cards. I’m well into my senior years – have mobility problems so don’t get out that much. I do have a great mobility scooter that weighs under 40 pounds so I can lift it and put it in the back of my SUV which lets me get to Hobby Lobby and Home Depot to get some of the supplies you recommend. But I mostly shop via the internet. Your videos mean the world to me – so thank you so much for all that you and your family do that make my days so much fun. And to all you other people who – like me – have neglected to tell Cindy how much you enjoy those color recipes and her videos – do it now!! ~Fran-R
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