Happy Dog


That little spot just above the snow is Pip, elated to be following his big buddy wherever they might be going.  An adventure!


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!

PWS Christmas Party

The Peace Watercolour Society has been enjoying a Christmas get-together for decades.  It involves a yummy potluck supper, a good discussion of all things watercolour, and a card exchange.  That way, not only are we inspired to paint a card, we get an original watercolour from one of our peers!

This year Judy’s card was inspired by a local scene, the Spirit River itself.  The deep blues of the shadowy riverbed look peaceful and mysterious.  Whose tracks are those? What goes on down there where nobody goes?


Moonshine Beauty

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Our local lake is Moonshine, a fairly small lake with lots of bird life, beaver, otters and all sorts of wildlife in the woods, including campers, fishers and boaters.  Often though, all one sees is the calm, quiet beauty of the lake.  An evening with a sunset sky reflecting in the water is always lovely.  Judy’s painting, Moonshine Beauty, captures one of these peaceful moments.