I seem to be in the midst of a period of prolific creativity. I think it’s the result of a convergence of a number of influences. I’ve been studying Don Andrews and Joseph Zbukvic extensively. I’ve poured over their videos and it’s all just making sense. I have often heard that when you ready to hear something your ears open and I’m very much ready to hear (or rather see) how they approach their paintings. I’m interpreting it as a much freer and more spontaneous use of water. We can only half control water but when you understand that and work with it rather than trying to control it it’s an amazing partnership. Before I used to do what so many other watercolourists do ie do a detailed drawing and colour it in. Now I may or may not do a detailed drawing but I paint right through it, letting the colour flow and create it’s own spontaneous effects. I know that I’ve never had as much fun as I’m having now. I’m also producing at a much greater rate and I feel that my images are getting much stronger. It’s very liberating. I’m just designing a 1 day workshop that incorporates many of these ideas. Stay tuned for that.
This image is a little study that I think has a nice feel. It’s a favourite subject. The rocks and landscape of Echo Bay on Lake of the Woods. I used the 6 stroke method to do the water. I really liked it but I forgot to leave the highlights at the bottom left so I added a second wash to the water leaving spaces for the lighter reflections.