For a private group workshop, we thought we’d do a clinical theme. Each person was equipped with latex gloves, absorbent pads, syringes, and scalpels. You might call the other items tincture bottles, sample cups, and test strips.
We were pouring paint, making bright, beautiful, living northern lights. The swirling, breathing paint mixing together on paper certainly had the aura of northern lights about it. It was amazing to have 11 people pouring all at once and having very different results.
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:
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?
We painted at Tekarra, then Carolyn painted Tekarra Lodge environs after beating a hasty retreat home when the snow came down in blobs. This is one of the cabins, similar to the one Judy and Carolyn stayed in on the painting retreat with Watercolour in Jasper.
There is an initial pour with Moonglow and some of the sparkly mineral paints from Daniel Smith. That created the soft, moody atmosphere over the whole painting. The rest was sort of a palette clean up of the paints used on the retreat.
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:
Our Jasper Watercolour Retreat with Watercolour in Jasper was a real treat! We very much enjoyed the mountains, the painting and the people! It will be an experience to remember forever, and the best souvenirs are those we made ourselves. Here are some of Judy’s en plein air paintings from Horseshoe Lake: