It’s that crazy and wonderful time of year again! Like you, I’ve been busy!! – happily sending off perks and gifts since the campaign ended, organizing finances, sorting presents, zipping around Gabriola visiting my talented artist friends… but I also got to do some more filming as Tony Grove and a few good friends reefed Dorothy‘s seams & removed chainplates in late November, which was satisfying. Good to get back to work!
And last week I was able shoot something I’ve never done: an artist at work. Oh it was fun, but I tell you, I thought keeping up with “Tony the boatbuilder” was a challenge, but “Tony the painter” is equally an experience!
Tony has to work fast to avoid paint drying before he can blend it, and he was quite often finished a section just as I was finally set up, framed right and focussed. So… now I’m set, ready to shoot him painting. But THEN he would stand back for 5 minutes and contemplate. Sigh. Re-frame, capture and… he’s moving again. Ahhhhhh….. Seriously hard work. But it’s worth it because this wonderful painting he’s working on will figure in our film (“Between Wood and Water”) as we discover Dorothy in a new way – through the eyes of a marine artist. Isn’t it beautiful?
Next week I’ll post some updated shots of his Dorothy painting, once Tony’s satisfied with it and happy to release it into the world. (Special thanks to the donor from Cowichan Bay who contributed $1,000 to the film for a print of this lovely painting – we are sure you’re going to love it!)
10 days left til Christmas Eve… are you feeling as unprepared as I am? Or are you one of those who is eagerly ready by Dec 1, with that contented feeling that your Christmas Cake is well soaked in rum, your presents are wrapped, and you have already picked out the Gift Crackers to put on everyone’s plate? Wait – I don’t know anyone like that, so don’t feel bad if you are still running around. It’s that crazy, wonderful time of year!
However, if you’re strapped for time and still need some gifts, Dorothy and I are here to the rescue! We have some wonderful perks left over from the campaign, and if you get your order in before Dec 16 I can get it to you in time for Christmas:
Dorothy Tee-shirts – a bargain at $30 ea. (incl. shipping within Canada), or $25 each locally (Gabriola Island)
Sapphire (top left) in kids sizes, and Men’s Sm and Med
Indigo (top right): Men’s Sm and Med, an XL or 2
Blue Dusk (bottom left): Men’s Med and XL
Navy (bottom right) – LOTS of Men’s sizes: Sm, Med, L and XL
and some Women’s Sm, Med and XL (sorry no Large left)
– hand-screenprinted “Dorothy and the Grey Whale” Tees by local artist Kate Wood: $35 (incl shipping) or $30 locally. (Note, Men’s coral not available, I believe we have a pale Blue instead)
– a wonderful kids book “The Sniffer Sisters and the Mystery of the Magic Collars” donated by Gabriolan Jeffrey James (based on his real-life Labradors Oli and Madi)
This is a GREAT book for readers age 7-9, or adults! Anyone who loves dogs will love this… I laughed aloud reading it, and the illustrations (by Kerry Bell) are simply beautiful. 2 available: $20 each (incl shipping within Canada)
If you need more, you can order from Jeffrey’s website www.sniffersisters.com and support a local artist!
And finally, one big-ticket item left that was not claimed during the campaign: a framed archivally framed giclee print, by renowned nature photographer John Poirier: “Gabriola Island Forest Details No. 20” (11 x 16 inches in a 16 x 20 frame). 1 available for $150 (plus shipping)
Thank you so much for your support everyone, and happy shopping, sailing, or cozying up by the fire!