One of our Pleasant View Painters had a Christmas card she wanted to take a crack at. Just a snowy field and some trees… but also hoar frost and a bird in the foreground! We had a great time with the bird characters and and ended up with some lovely scenes. We love our weekly laughs and watercolour with the artists at Pleasant View!
We painted (poured) watercolour owls with the adult classes. The result was a complete parliament of owls! The class got great results but we forgot to get a picture. Meanwhile, with trial runs and demos Carolyn had four owls and Judy had two. We have a portion of a parliament!
We dove right into the alcohol inks again for our adult art classes. What an absorbing medium! The ladies stayed long after the end of class watching the inks spread and blend, making bright patterns and suggestions of images.
Judy had planned a technique to make poinsettias for Christmas, but the abstract nature of the inks was so utterly fascinating most of us ended up with random riots of colour. It is very tricky to know what the inks will do and to wait for the right moment to add colour or direct the flow. Experimentation is essential!
Carolyn lucked out with this one: a previous trial was doused with alcohol to clean the tile, but not completely back to white. Somehow the crusty debris spread with the new ink to create the pleated poppy shapes.
Judy’s card for the Peace Watercolour Society’s Christmas exchange was inspired by her recent getaway to Miette Hot Springs between Hinton and Jasper, Alberta. It was good timing: they were at the springs when this snow came and didn’t have to drive through it. It was a real winter wonderland!
Negative painting can be a tricky technique to approach in watercolour, but we tried it with our gang from the lodge and got some great results. White hollyhocks were the perfect flower to start with. There were a lot of jokes about fried eggs before we put the backgrounds in, but each painting ended up looking like bright fresh flowers.