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!
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!
Judy has done a couple of versions of this story time painting of a Nana and her grandchildren gathered for an afternoon read. Sunshine creates a warm shimmer across the group. Watercolour is wonderful for building a feeling of soft, airy light.
Coming home on a late summer evening, sun bathed the fields and hills, turning the scene into a collage of light and long shadows. The setting sun is aimed directly down the highway, so that the outskirts of Spirit River are almost silhouetted in the golden light. Here’s Carolyn’s rendition of the scene:
Spirit River was settled not long before the World Wars and remains a farming community with strong Ukrainian heritage.
The hospital in Spirit River has a great little gallery where local artists can show their work for three months and, in return, donate 25% of their sales to Palliative Care right here in the hospital. Staff, patients and the general public enjoy the changing scenery. As we take down each show, eager questions as to what will be up next are proudly met. As we hang each show, passersby stop to take in the appeal of brand new art.
Judy is a long time member of the Palliative Care Committee and was the genius behind our hanging system. She has been booking artists and hanging shows since the space was first set aside for a gallery. Carolyn is good at helping to hang, label, and take down shows as well.
Until June, members of the Peace Watercolour Society, including Judy and Carolyn, will have their work hanging in the hallway gallery. We hope our pieces brighten the days of all who pass.
Carolyn had the pleasure of being commissioned to paint a watercolour of this familiar local scene (the Dunvegan Bridge over the Peace River) to be presented to a famous Canadian. The new owners brought great joy and excitement to our Peace Country, and hopefully some of that feeling went back with them in this painting.