Adventures in painting

I’m enjoying learning how to paint with watercolours. Writing is an abstract and intensely mental art, and painting is such a contrast. It’s refreshing to create with “stuff,” and to be so immersed in the world.

Each time I begin I feel that it’s going to be an impossible task to create the image before me or in my mind, but painting is a step-by-step process, a slow layering—so very much like writing.

Here are some of my newest paintings, beginning with a chicken and evolving toward a raptor theme (the subject of my next novel). They are all watercolor with some use of gouache.


(August, 2015) I put brushes and paints away for several months, and seemed to have forgotten all that I learned. This is one I made following a lesson on YouTube:

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(April, 2015) This last one was by far the most challenging. The photo is of my husband Richard, but the portrait doesn’t look like him. It is going to take time to learn how to paint portraits!

It is also my last one in a Donna Dickson class, for she’s moving to the Pacific coast. I’m going to miss her!

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Final. People are hard to paint!

 

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First “draft.”

 

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The photo.

 


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The photo I was working from.

 


(March 2015) My dear Finn, R.I.P.

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The photo.

 


This is the first of my paintings that I actually signed. :-)

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(January 2015) I painted this one at the beach, “en plein air” as they say. It has messy bits, but I like the feel of it.

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(December, 2014) There is one tiny error that would be easy to fix: see if you can find it on the door knocker.

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(December, 2014) This was my first in Donna Dickson‘s class in San Miguel de Allende.

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(Summer 2014) I painted this one on my own, after taking a one-day workshop with Joyce Burkholder in Wilno, Ontario. I have more paintings to post here, but that will have to wait until I get back to Canada.

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