I started this project after a walk on a beautiful sunny day. Using white fabric, I machine stitched shapes using a twin needle and then cut out parts. I coloured a second piece of white fabric using Caran D’Ache Neocolor II water-soluble wax pastels and Derwent Inktense Pencils. The plan for the piece evolved as the weather changed. An ice-storm brought down many branches from my pine trees and then froze them to the ground and covered them with snow.
I stitched the pine branches onto water-soluble stabilizer with the sewing machine and once the stabilizer was washed out I sewed them onto the back side of the cutouts.
This was the view outside my dining room window at the the cottage a few weeks ago.
I love it when the trees have started to change colours but there is still some green. This year some of the sumac was brilliant red while other trees nearby had barely started to change. The trees I painted in the watercolour started to turn well after many of the other sumac in the area.
The leaves have all gone now. Even the poplars which turn late lost all their leaves in the wind we had Thursday night.
I took a photo of these two trees because it looked to me as if they were trying to embrace one another.
The background behind them was too busy to see the trees easily so in the watercolour painting I used the background from a different photo taken nearby.
This watercolour is from a photo I took beside the Calabogie Highlands Golf Course. The tree still seemed to be healthy despite having lost part of its trunk.
I usually see this landscape from the opposite direction on my daily walk. To view it from this angle requires an extra hill to climb but it’s worth it.
An epiphyte is a plant that grows on another plant but is not parasitic. It obtains nutrients and water from the air.
This is a painting from a picture I took at the Botanical Gardens in Rio de Janeiro. There was no label so I don’t know if the other plants growing on the tree were parasites or epiphytes.
There appears to be at least 2 different types of plant growing on this tree. I took liberties with the colour of the tree trunk but the fruit was orange.
Alaska is a wonderful place.
A number of years ago my sister and I drove to Vancouver and took an Alaskan cruise. We both had a wonderful time.
I ‘m very glad that I had a digital camera, otherwise it would have cost me a fortune to get all the pictures developed.
Several of the pictures I took have ended up as watercolour paintings or sketches.
Here is one from a photo taken in a temperate rain forest.
After doing a pencil sketch I used frisket to block the paint from covering the areas I wanted to leave white.
There was a lot of leaf litter on the forest floor which was not very colourful so I added some to the painting.
The background required several washes until I got it the way I wanted.
The colours in the photos are different due to the fact that the works in progress pictures were taken inside and the photos from the finished work were take outside.
This watercolour is from a picture that I took a few years ago in the woods near where I live. There is a little creek that appears every spring and floods the path. It doesn’t last long.
Again, I have taken a few liberties with the colour. The original colours are mostly grey and muddy brown.