Undesignated Direction

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…


This way looks airy and draws attention to the grouping of three in a row.

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No, this doesn’t work. None of them look right side up necessarily, but this one looks upside down for sure.

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I don’t like the movement in this one. Some kind of shuffling dance jerking to the right.  On the bright side, the flower on the left looks quite striking.

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This is right side up according to the original plan. It has the advantage of the light being at the top and all those shadowy stalks moving upwards.


Using Strong Lines and Contrast


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.

Miniature River

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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.

Christmas Card Exchange

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.

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