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

Moody Skies


Sometimes it is difficult to decide if you like a painting or not.  Sometimes an experiment clearly works the first time, sometimes it needs more work.  What about this trial run?

The idea was to glaze Moonglow over warmer colours like Azo yellow, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Rust.  Then Cadmium Orange and Cobalt came into the picture.  Perhaps on a larger paper this would have worked better, as the first two layers were pours.  Perhaps there should have been a sketch.  There is something about this painting that makes it not quite likeable and not quite a total loss… what about some more tweaking?

Judy’s Jasper Collection

Our art retreat with Watercolour in Jasper was a wonderful watercolour experience, and one that brought some great results.  Here are some of Judy’s en plein air paintings from the locations we visited: