I’m not sure why this photo makes the painting look so soft. It is actually composed of hard edges and lots of stark, white paper. That’s how a frosty morning in winter looks and feels here in the Peace. Only the bird is soft and a touch warmer – the short Interlude between those stiff and frozen cattails. The title Interlude was also meant to suggest something to a musical mind. I thought the candlewicks (a term I learned just now for the seed heads) at various heights were reminiscent of notes, perhaps the little bird’s song. Can you whistle it?
Interlude, a watercolour by Carolyn Brown, is one of the paintings on display now in the Peace Watercolour Society Fall Show 2014 in Beaverlodge, Alberta.