That would be a bit of set painting for Vanderhoof's production of Cariboo Magi. Most of the painting involves a wintery twilight Cariboo landscape which I do on site and this saloon sign on which I went to town because it was completed at home.
If less is more imagine how much more 'more' is??
Last sets...the high school performed Into The Woods very nicely and these sets should be my final contribution to theater in Kitimat. The main pieces were three giant books - this above plus Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Each book opened to reveal an interior and text page beginning that characters story and two of these also had an extra scene on the back. Didn't look like so much to paint when I began but it actually amounted to a fair bit of square footage.
Following the final performance I was presented with this lovely sentiment which I then affixed to the arm of seat H23.
So now we'll forever be 'in the house'.
Last Friday I received a phone call requesting some very last minute touch up on the Alcan Christmas sets, so I packed my paints and brushes and headed down to Mount Elizabeth Theatre to obscure various scrapes and dings that had accumulated on Santa's workshop since the last time I had been called upon to fix and freshen. I got to meet the entertainment - a juggler named Sand - who commented that she'd never seen a more elaborate Christmas set which was indeed gratifying. She even held the ladder for me when the Theatre Tech was off finding things for her. Very lovely person and from what I saw of her act, entertaining as well.
On Monday I put another 4 hours onto the set with the hopes that it might survive fairly unscathed for another 19 years.
That is one more 'last' for me; I've been noting all the last times I'll experience situations in Kitimat as we will move to Fraser Lake next summer after 32 years in this little town.
Last falling leaves...last first snowfall...last deep, icy snow puddles...
Author: Eileen Hutson
'You need the dark to see the light'. Advice picked up in painting workshops has become a treasured mantra in both life and art.