Memory Exercise

Obviously I could use some memory exercises!  I wanted to paint a picture I took out at Moonshine Lake but I couldn’t seem to get the picture and my paint kit in the same room at the same time.  Since I’ve seen this scene in person millions of times I figured I could paint it from memory.  I knew the prevailing colour was purple and there was snow globbed on the trees and under the cattails.  Long shadows stretched across the ice.


As I painted, I thought I was getting quite close to the way the scene is, although I wasn’t quite satisfied with the colour scheme and thought there was some disconnect between the warmth at the top of the trees and the chilliness of the ice and shadows.


Only when I finally put the two together did I see how off my colour scheme was!  Why didn’t I remember the near monochrome qualities of the snow and shadows?  Was I fooled by the old “trees are green” rule?

We always tell students that no one really looks at things until they try painting them. It doesn’t matter if you get something that isn’t absolutely photographically “right” so long as the overall effect is pleasing.  That’s what art is!


The Star Seeker


Sometimes a painting just turns out!  I’m very pleased with this one, especially since I’ve tried the technique twice more and have not achieved satisfying results.  Is it the colours?  The paper?  The mood?  Why do the colours sometimes feel so heavy, yet other times give the vast, open feeling I’m looking for?

One of the big lessons in art is to notice the successes and celebrate them!

A Musical Miniature

We have a miniature show or two coming up and since I was on a musical portrait bent already I decided to attempt a watercolour of a clarinet.  Originally the instrument itself was supposed to be featured, but once I looked at all those keys I thought it might be a good cheat to add the person playing the clarinet.  It is someone famous, although it isn’t meant to be a recognizable person.  Can anyone guess who it is?



Fernando Sor


I was given a challenge: to draw a portrait of Fernando Sor, musician and composer.  It was an assignment gladly accepted because I do like drawing portraits and it has been a while since I’ve done one.  Deadlines generally mean watercolours so all else falls by the wayside.  Anyway, here’s the result.  The only known portrait of Mr. Sor on the interwebs is a drawing itself.  I wonder whether this is how he really looked?

Judy had a great oval frame with daffodils carved into it, which seemed to suit the romantic style of the portrait.  It was well received, and may the portrait inspire its’ musical owner!