Clinical Theme

For a private group workshop, we thought we’d do a clinical theme.  Each person was equipped with latex gloves, absorbent pads, syringes, and scalpels.  You might call the other items tincture bottles, sample cups, and test strips.

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We were pouring paint, making bright, beautiful, living northern lights.  The swirling, breathing paint mixing together on paper certainly had the aura of northern lights about it.  It was amazing to have 11 people pouring all at once and having very different results.



Still Out Here

Hello Everyone,

Just checking in to say we are still here!  We’ve had some busy days with local craft sales and the Mystery Lottery at the Dawson Creek Gallery, and now we look into the near future with Members’ Christmas shows in three galleries.  So we are busy making art, but the art isn’t quite making it to the blog…

The Mystery Lottery was great fun.  Those who had tickets to draw names had a lot of fun guessing which painting they might get based on the clever poetry printed on each mystery package.  Art that was left after all the tickets had been drawn was auctioned in a silent auction, again hidden in brown paper with a clue-poem for each one.  It was tastefully done: it can be very awkward for artists and bidders to see work go for far less than it is worth, especially at a fundraiser.  But in Dawson Creek there was an art community spirit infused into the evening, as well as some fantastic artwork from local artists.

As for our own work, Judy finished quite a few crochet or fibre arts projects in time for the big craft sale.  Unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of most of the hats before she sold them.  Carolyn made a few books for the sale, and got a great idea for a new one for 2018.  You’ll see it here soon.

We had a great evening at a private group art class painting poured northern lights.  The ladies should be proud of what they did!  We were very impressed.

Our home art classes start next week.  We have exciting projects for kids and adults coming up.  It is fun to work with all age groups and see the different perspectives on art.  We are always happy to see that kids are interested in creating things, although often it is more remarkable to find adults who are brave enough to show their work in a group setting.  We learn something from each person and look forward to seeing everyone.

Happy creating, fellow artists!


Mystery Lottery

Dawson Creek Art Gallery is gathering work from artists and writers for this year’s Mystery Art Lottery.  Paintings are donated, hung on the wall and paired with a piece of writing they have inspired.  People have a few days to try to match words and visual art.  Then the pieces are covered, words attached to the paper wrapping.  At the live event on November 3rd, ticket-holders are drawn at random to make their selections while onlookers gather on the spiraling ramp in the grain elevator gallery for a bird’s eye view of the surprise.  It’s very exciting, especially this year because it’s a masquerade!

Here are JK’s, Judy’s and Carolyn’s donations to the Mystery Lottery Fundraiser 2018:


JK: Snowy Hollow


Judy: Cascade


Carolyn: Sparrow

Moody Skies


Sometimes it is difficult to decide if you like a painting or not.  Sometimes an experiment clearly works the first time, sometimes it needs more work.  What about this trial run?

The idea was to glaze Moonglow over warmer colours like Azo yellow, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Rust.  Then Cadmium Orange and Cobalt came into the picture.  Perhaps on a larger paper this would have worked better, as the first two layers were pours.  Perhaps there should have been a sketch.  There is something about this painting that makes it not quite likeable and not quite a total loss… what about some more tweaking?

Painting Tekarra


We painted at Tekarra, then Carolyn painted Tekarra Lodge environs after beating a hasty retreat home when the snow came down in blobs.  This is one of the cabins, similar to the one Judy and Carolyn stayed in on the painting retreat with Watercolour in Jasper.

There is an initial pour with Moonglow and some of the sparkly mineral paints from Daniel Smith.  That created the soft, moody atmosphere over the whole painting.  The rest was sort of a palette clean up of the paints used on the retreat.