Emily Carr, Three Cedar Trunks, 1937, Vancouver Art Gallery

Early in 1937, Carr suffered a severe heart attack. Her doctors ordered strict rest from all strenuous activity, including outdoor sketching. Frustrated by the confinement, she quickly substituted writing for painting as an outlet for her feelings.

In her journal, she wrote:

“While my heart sits pumping furious rebellion, my soul can glide out of itself and be among the trees…. It can smell the damp earth. Oh the joy of a travelling soul that has learned its way about the woods!”

In November 1932, she wrote:

“The only thing worth striving for is to express God. Every living thing is God made manifest. All real art is the eternal seeking to express God, the substance out of which all things are made. Search for the reality of each object, that is, its real and only beauty; recognize our relationship with all life; say to every animate and inanimate thing “brother”; be at one with all things, finding the divine in all; when one can do all this, maybe then one can paint.”

Source: Anne Newlands, Emily Carr. An Introduction to Her Life and Art. Firefly Books.

Emily Carr, Hundreds and Thousands. The Journals of Emily Carr. Douglas and McIntyre.

I would like to invite you for a walk in one of the most monumental forests on Vancouver Island called Cathedral Grove.

One of the local attractions not far from the Cathedral Grove is the Coombs Old Country Market, also called “Goats on the Roof”:

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