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Kimberly Hart

Living in Goderich for much of my life, I've almost always had a connection to Lake Huron. You'd think that I'd be quite the guppy by now, but truth be told - I don't even really know how to swim, nor do I really like to tan in the summertime.

Listening to the incoming thunderstorms come off the lake in the Summer is one of my favourite times to be at the beach. The crashing waves, the rumbling thunder in the distance echoing off the banks, and the smell of rain in the warm breeze - I love all of that. Late night walks along the boardwalk, with the sounds of calm waves on the rocks and the stray seagull, are a tranquil solace.

For this project in particular, I was inspired by Nicolas of Lettremix and my good friend Brock of Paper Pixels to create one of my mandalas in hand-cut paper. It was drawn in pencil and then cut by hand using a blade and a single piece of black paper. The design itself is a whirlpool, reminiscent of the waves and sun on our coastline. It sits elevated on a watercolour splatter in blue and green tones.

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