Carolyn’s “Behind the Words” Donation 2019

This year Carolyn has donated a sketchbook art kit to Dawson Creek Art Gallery’s “Behind the Words” fundraiser.  This is an entertaining and exciting annual event held at the Gallery.  Artwork is donated to a live lottery event; ticket holders choose an item in the order their tickets are drawn.  Donated artwork is on display beforehand.  The fun comes in once the pieces are cloaked and given a description composed by local poets.  Draw winners must try to match the words to the artwork they desire to take home.  Did they choose correctly?  The piece is unveiled for the live audience to see!

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This is a hand bound, deerskin book that includes a variety of papers for sketching in pencil and ink as well as painting, using the removable watercolour palette and water brush that are included.  The pencil and pen will be replaced with new ones before the item is delivered.  It features an original watercolour painting on the cover.

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Judy’s “Behind the Words” Donation 2019

This year Judy is donating a needle felted baby owl and a nuno felted merino wool and silk scarf to Dawson Creek Art Gallery’s “Behind the Words” fundraiser.  This is an entertaining and exciting annual event held at the Gallery.  Artwork is donated to a live lottery event; ticket holders choose an item in the order their tickets are drawn.  Donated artwork is on display beforehand.  The fun comes in once the pieces are cloaked and given a description composed by local poets.  Draw winners must try to match the words to the artwork they desire to take home.  Did they choose correctly?  The piece is unveiled for the live audience to see!

Judy is having a hard time giving away this cute little guy!  Carolyn says just make another!  It only takes 6 hours 🙂

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A Pile of Miniature Books

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Here’s the reason Carolyn got into making miniature books – her entire stock fits in a square foot.  These are ready for the Dawson Creek Gallery Christmas sale and the Spirit River Craft Show and Sale.  Some may end up in other places as well, but they’re also laughably easy to transport!

Pleasant View Painters Paint Again

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Our ladies have done it again!  Here they have created sunsets through the trees: follow the trail home before it gets dark!  Most of these painters have been through one to 12 years of watercolour once a week, but the artist who did the painting on the top right has painted exactly two paintings.  Last week’s fall trees in Brusho was her first attempt.  Wow!

Something Unique

People can’t tell what a book is about if they can’t see a title, and, especially with hand made miniatures, people don’t look inside for content if they don’t get a hint that the book is full of words and pictures.  Putting tiny titles onto tiny covers made of leather is tricky, and making leather frames is a long process that can fail miserably if the leather doesn’t cooperate.  Sometimes thinking outside the box offers a welcome break from the usual process.  These flaps are not without their challenges, but they add a real hand made feel.  And the loops?  They do fit a small finger, so you might want to carry a book that way.  Otherwise they are strictly aesthetic, and I like it!

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Here’s another example of invention, this time born of necessity-due-to-mistakes.  That double frame is the result of measuring once, cutting… oh no!IMG_2075.jpg