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Watercolour lessons #3

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If you are staying at home more than usual in the coming weeks, I hope you have an interest to pursue, one to relax and involve you.


I have been taking watercolour painting lessons. As part of our recent practice of self-isolation, the lessons themselves have been postponed. But, with what I have learned, I can practice and enjoy what I find very relaxing. There is something calming about watching the colour flow from the brush to the paper, especially when using the wet on wet technique (paper is wetted prior to adding colour).


This afternoon I painted two studies of the Teton mountains which we visited in 2001 (totally from memory). I thought the first painting could use improvement, especially with respect to the trees on the right side and the water in the lower half of the painting. Actually, I don’t think painting 2 is an improvement. Copying watercolour is more difficult since the paint has a mind of its own. Also, the second painting lacks the spontaneity of the first.




As a result of this post, I give you two possible activities to help you during isolation:

1. have a look at the two and tell me which you think is best and in what respects.

2. pick up the tools for an activity you love and spend some time doing.


We are a social species. Although social-distancing and self-isolation are different for us, we are also a thinking species. We can understand that success against the coronavirus requires a community response. I have faith that we will soon be able to return to our normal activities.


All my best,


Written by jane tims

March 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm

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  1. For some reason I like the first one better. It seems more natural and less “blocky.” (Not sure I can find words to articulate what I mean!)

    I’m enjoying jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, yoga and family history research… I do wonder how long it will be before things will be normal again.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    March 16, 2020 at 8:32 am

    • I agree with your assessment. The first one is best. And I know what you mean by ‘blocky.’ If China’s experience is typical, it will be mid to late summer. Perhaps the little viruses won’t like the humidity of summer.


      jane tims

      March 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm

  2. Lovely suggestion. Lovely examples!

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    Jane Fritz

    March 15, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    • Hi. Hope you are finding a way to settle into this new (and temporary) way of living. I also think my blog will get a bit more writing time.

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      jane tims

      March 15, 2020 at 7:47 pm

      • Actually, like you, I go have sustaining projects, and blogging is one of them. Maybe I should get my watercolours out again!😏


        Jane Fritz

        March 15, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      • Yes! So relaxing. Funny because I find painting with acrylics quite stressful. Must have something to do with arm movements!

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        jane tims

        March 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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