Which way up? A painting with subject matter like this could go any which way. Which do you prefer? By the time this post goes up, the painting will be finished but the way up will still be up in the air…
The powerful colour, contrast and lines in this painting make it quite a striking snow study. Hooray for those who tried using these elements in their paintings on our Weekend Watercolour course.
We get such wonderful strong, dark shadows on a sunny winter day when the snow is fresh and clean. Anywhere there is a bush or even a blade of grass above the bed of white, a blue shadow will trail off away from the low winter sun, draping over bumps and contours.
JK and Carolyn took a walk through deep snow and tangled undergrowth to see how the river was looking this winter. We came to a steep, sandy cliff far above the river bed and could look across quite a broad area of pure white snow and deep blue shadows. The painting doesn’t show JK chucking logs off the cliff, checking to see if he’d be any good at caber tossing.
Painting a Christmas card is usually a matter of having a specific person in mind, and probably a non-artist. People expect that a card should be less work than a full blown painting, right? Well, doing a card exchange with your watercolour group is a slightly different matter!
The Peace Watercolour Society has a 43 year tradition of Christmas card exchange. Each member brings a card to the Christmas party, wrapped or in an envelope, and puts it in a basket to be chosen by another lucky member. It’s supposed to be a relatively blind draw, but of course with only six members, two of them being mother-daughter Judy and Carolyn, things are a little trickier to manage in secret. It’s a lot of fun, and of course we each receive a superb watercolour painting! Here’s Carolyn’s for 2018. Stay tuned for Judy’s.
Judy got this great shot of butterflies at Cadomin, Alberta. They are often to be found in the mud by the creek. I wonder what the attraction is? The blue one is called the Silvery Blue. The yellow one is a colias christina or a Sulphur.
JK was about to start painting when he noticed how his indigo puddle had separated and settled into an interesting delta design. Watercolour is the medium that paints itself!