I came across one of my earliest portraits. Aiee! Good thing I drew the same man twice. It is a good reminder that practice really does do wonders.
This watercolour was based on a couple of old photos of my Grandfather coming to the Peace Country. That’s him in the red coat. I’m not sure why the wagon wasn’t loaded. They wouldn’t have arrived in the spring during the thaw; perhaps this was an expedition rather than a challenge on the settlement trail. The second photo was of the horses pulling up on the near side of the river. So they made it and continued on with whatever their business was.
The painting was done using Moonglow, except for the red coat. I like the monochrome but I also like the way Krieghoff used bright red so sparingly and so eye-catchingly.
Two watercolourists making lunch for 4 and a chocolate mousse cake. It all worked!
One winter morning an orange hue was cast over the whole view. It was particularly striking in combination with the boxcars lined up just outside town. The colours and perspective held great promise for a painting. A few years later, here’s the result, almost finished.
Here’s what the efforts of a whole Grade Six class look like. A magnificent display of skill, paying attention and following instructions! Well done Fairview Students!