Not Quite on the Drawing Board

Dozens of practice versions have not quite led to what I would like to put into a large painting.  I saw a magpie sitting amid berries like these, with a sprig of them in its beak.  The strong reds and greens contrasted so crisply with the soft winter hues of the snow and the black and white of the bird that the scene stuck in my mind instantly.  I’ve even dreamed the composition, turning the magpie’s head to compliment the arc of the branches…  Some day this one is going to come out on paper and it will be very interesting to see how it has evolved from the original idea!

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Painting Christmas Cards

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When the boxes of Christmas decorations pile up so high at the Lodge we can’t see our paintings bulletin board, it is time to start painting Christmas cards!  If the ladies want to send them, they must be painted.  These are all Carolyn’s demos because the Lodge painters took theirs home.

Just outside the windows where we paint at the lodge there is a mountain ash tree.  In the fall and early winter it is covered in bright red berries (and sometimes gobs of snow).  Then two weeks ago a hoard of waxwings came and took all the berries.  Gone are the bright berries… except for the ones captured forever in our paintings, ha ha!

Looking Up

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Ah, a step back into summer!  Judy’s painting shows the St. Charles Mission at Dunvegan Provincial Park.  You are looking up from the river below, catching a hint of the northern lights in the evening sky as dusk creeps into the giant spruces.  What a welcome sight this small settlement would have been to a weary canoeist or rafting trader.   Things would certainly seem to be looking up.

Crisp Cattails

Crisp Cattails.jpg Judy’s bright frosty painting of cattails in the winter sunshine is full of warmth, the kind you can only appreciate on a crisp winter morning.  The sharp blades of frost crystals contrast with the softness of tightly packed fuzz.  Their presence tells of the stillness in the winter air.