A friend of mine, whom I also happen to work with, went on vacation with her family a couple of years ago to an island just off the west coast of Canada, named Galiano Island. On that island is a beautiful Bed & Breakfast called The George, where they stayed for their holiday. One of the photos she took struck me as such a rich and peaceful scene, and this is my interpretative painting of it.
The little cottage is actually a sauna house. Just beyond the lawn is beach and the ocean. The adirondack chairs are set up so that they are just waiting for the guests to come and relax, read a book, journal, or gaze out over the beauty of water and trees. I would really like to visit The George, which is named for the dog, George, who lives there!
For this painting, I went back to a technique I have used before where I poured several layers of yellow, red, and blue as my underpainting, preserving my lights through different applications of a liquid friskit. I love the softness of the background colors, and how the pourings create the play of light and shadow throughout the painting. It is also exciting to see the secondary colors which are created with the pours of paint. This technique is rather unpredictable, but that is the excitement of this way of painting!
"Waiting" - original watercolor, 15 x 22 1/2 inches, 300 lb. Arches cold pressed paper
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