Cutting it Down to Size

Sometimes a painting is much improved by a liberal cropping.  This one was a typical shape, 12 x 15 or so, and the point was the bright sky overhead.  Something looked a bit “pretty” about it though.  It wasn’t quite appealing.  When looking for something for a members’ show, Carolyn needed to frame something fast.  There was a small frame in a long rectangle… hmm!  Cutting out that bright sky changes the centre of interest.  The river still reflects the sky without having both actually showing.  The shape is lovely for accentuating the depth of the valley.  Success!  And just in time 🙂FullSizeRender (78).jpg


Oil Painting Course

Judy started out in oils.  So did Carolyn.  Only she ate them.  So Judy and Carolyn retired from oils for a while.  Just recently, however, both took an oil painting course.

Our styles our similar… our colour choices differ quite a bit.  Can you tell whose is whose?

The finished result.  We were both quite pleased with our oil paintings.  There may be more seen here in future.

(Judy left, Carolyn right)

Dark and Light Sides of Grade Four

Grade Fours have one hour (minus taking off coats, being quiet, listening to instructions, teaching each other about the magnetic strip in their foreheads, cleaning up and leaving) to produce their watercolour piece for the show.  Each and every one came through again!  We were experimenting with light and shadow, not to mention the structure of a mountain and the nature of watercolour.  Here’s an idea of what their show will be like:

Mixed-Media Mountain


This painting was begun ages ago when Judy was trying out some texturing goop (can’t remember the actual name of the stuff).  Then she whipped up this bright mountain scene a few days ago using watercolours.  The combination is lovely: the goop makes texture similar to a palette knife acrylic painting but it has the lightness of watercolour.  Also, the whiter-than-paper goop enhances the feeling of cold, pristine snow.

Miniature Lake


This mini is based on a painting I did on our Artist Retreat.  The original shows Maligne Lake with the mountains done carefully for accuracy, but since this was so tiny I felt I had more license to just doodle what I wanted with the shadows.  It isn’t the best picture, but I have a brilliant new lamp that makes for better pictures in future!

Creek at Miette Hot Springs

Judy’s card for the Peace Watercolour Society’s Christmas exchange was inspired by her recent getaway to Miette Hot Springs between Hinton and Jasper, Alberta.  It was good timing: they were at the springs when this snow came and didn’t have to drive through it.  It was a real winter wonderland!



Mystery Lottery

Dawson Creek Art Gallery is gathering work from artists and writers for this year’s Mystery Art Lottery.  Paintings are donated, hung on the wall and paired with a piece of writing they have inspired.  People have a few days to try to match words and visual art.  Then the pieces are covered, words attached to the paper wrapping.  At the live event on November 3rd, ticket-holders are drawn at random to make their selections while onlookers gather on the spiraling ramp in the grain elevator gallery for a bird’s eye view of the surprise.  It’s very exciting, especially this year because it’s a masquerade!

Here are JK’s, Judy’s and Carolyn’s donations to the Mystery Lottery Fundraiser 2018:


JK: Snowy Hollow


Judy: Cascade


Carolyn: Sparrow