I have been invited to Show my work in a Real Gallery exhibit, Dear Readers, and it has caused me to have to step out of my comfort zone! I apologize for the blurry photo, but my hand was a little unsteady when I first arrived to the Gallery Opening on Sunday and saw my drawings on display, so the photo is not very clear. The show is in a local gallery CX Silver Gallery, and the exhibit is the art of the faculty (and staff!) at the school where I work. They wanted a selection of my Christmas Card Drawings.... and when they saw that the recent ones were all about Dollhouses.... they wanted one of them too! I decided that the only one that was portable enough... and finished enough... was The Secret Christmas House....
So I put together a little display with the Secret Christmas House
carefully set up under a glass dome,
with a magnifying glass for looking closer.
On one wall are eight of my early cards....
done all in black and white...
because color reproduction was terribly expensive back then.
Of course, they are full of tiny detail
and you can't get a good view in these pictures.
On the opposite wall are a few of the early ones where I added color....
You can see a little more detail on these.
And on the third wall are the rest of the color ones.
You have probably seen these before
as they are all more recent and I have shown them
here on the blog at Christmas.
Just to their left is where the Secret Christmas House sits,
so the reference to it in the Cards becomes obvious.
They want me to do a book...!
And meanwhile, Dear Readers,
all I can think about are the leaves I have to make....
Ten more leafy branches done!
(I know this will get boring!)
And blossom number Fifty!
And in the box!
I know the temptation is there to celebrate now...
But we are Not Quite There!
Do you see the empty corner in the box...
I am aiming for at least two more Blossoms
before I am satisfied!
But perhaps we can Celebrate
the Gallery opening, Dear Readers,
Because every little Showing
has to Count for something!