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Winter’s Colours

I emerged from the dungeon this evening just after 6. The fall lite had let go and that blue darkness was descending already. Each year I lament the loss of daylight hours but tonight I embraced that special winter colour.

The snow has come and gone here twice but we’ve been fortunate to escape what our neighbouring provinces have been hit with. So I didn’t use a real scene as my inspiration but rather the scene my instructor drew. As you can see no two turn out identical. We used the same three colours but have vastly different looking paintings. I think that’s why watercolour can be a challenge as it’s hard to replicate something exactly.

Now in a more experienced hand the results are softer. The shadow and tree branches more balanced and the bushes in the distance have more definition.

I forgot to take a picture of our instructor’s picture but suffice to say it was really good. We also discussed that we all seem to demand a lot from ourselves and that everyone else’s always looks better. We are, as always and in most of life, our own worst critic.

I for one, am going to use this card. I’m going to sign and date it and send it out into the world. I’m going to trust that it will be recieved with an open heart as a hand crafted original!

That’s a positive spin for sure!



I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

7 thoughts on “Winter’s Colours

  1. I think your card is beautiful! And, btw, comparison is a killer of creativity. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s hard to compare the work of someone who’s just started against someone with years and years of practice — hard and it isn’t fair! Be fair to yourself — and congrats on having the courage to send out your card — it is a beautiful expression of your gifts.


    1. It’s interesting that their are four beginners, one intermediate and our advanced friend in the class. Each one of the beginners thinks that the other beginners work is better than theirs! I think, like quilting, distance is a good thing. Starring at it from working level isn’t the same as looking at it from across the table.
      Now sure how much courage it will take to send it seems it’s going to M — my classmate and long time friend!!


    2. BUT — it’s sparked a thought in my head about my advent activity and I can’t wait to chat with my advanced friend and flow adventer about this possible activity!!


  2. Everyone looked great, you are inspiring me to find a watercolour class in my area.
    No snow here, just lots of wind and rain, many of our trees are just now turning colour.
    I always enjoy your blog. Ronda


    1. Thanks for stopping in Ronda to leave a comment. It’s always nice to know my writing has connected me to a reader.
      Go find a class — it’s turned out to be a lot of fun. I’m not ever gonna set the world on fire with my paintings but now I know a lot more about it.
      Lots of our trees have lost their leaves after two snow storms but a few rrmain with colour. I think next time we come to visit we will pick this time of year so we can see the stunning fall colours.


  3. I admire anyone who can draw or paint a recognizable subject for all to see. Looks like you are making progress. Some days, I am not sure I can even draw a straight line, which is odd, as I used to be an Architectural draftsman. Happy painting, Bernie. Allan


    1. Turns out you don’t have to draw that much. We just follow a vague outline and it’s easier than you think.
      Of course the real question is could I do it if the instructor wasn’t leading the way step by step? I’m very symetrical and linear. I don’t think that she ever does building etc in the class but I feel that’s somewhere I might go!


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