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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All my best,

Jane

Written by jane tims

March 15, 2020 at 5:03 pm

Tea berries

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Teaberry

Gaultheria procumbens

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leaves shiny, thick

capsules waxy, red

aromatic oil

methyl salicylate

mint and wintergreen

tea soothing, blood thinning

creeping wintergreen

spice berry, drunkards

staggering over

the forest floor

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Copyright Jane Tims 2019

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All my best

Jane

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August 28, 2019 at 7:00 am

Raspberries

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It’s a great year for berries. Our blueberry bushes are loaded with the biggest, sweetest berries I have ever tasted. The raspberries are full and sweet. The blackberries are still mostly unripe but the canes are heavy with future berries.

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raspberry ramble

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every berry

a sweet cup

detached

from its cosy seat

deep in brambles

juice pressed

between teeth

seeds and briars

handfuls of sun

rain clouds

warm winds

gravel soil

eager fingers

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Copyright Jane Tims 2019

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All my best

Jane

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August 25, 2019 at 8:11 pm

getting ready for fall – rose hips

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Jane Tims August 25 2016 'rose hips'

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Rose hips ripening … another painting towards my fall sale of books and paintings.

Along the road at our cabin is a small bush. Pink flowers in spring and plump rose hips in fall. Anyone who does cutting or roadwork at our cabin gets strict instructions not to disturb the rose bush!

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

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August 26, 2016 at 8:14 am

remembering spring – wild strawberries

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I have completed one of the paintings I am preparing for my fall sale of books and paintings. This painting is of the wild strawberries growing at our cabin property.

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July 31, 2016 ‘wild strawberries’ (acrylic, gallery edges, 10″ X 8″) Jane Tims

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I hope when you see these paintings, they will remind you of the berry-picking seasons to come!

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Copyright 2016 Jane Tims 

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August 1, 2016 at 7:00 am

art auction – new painting

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September 17, 2015 ‘Outside-In #3 – Far from the Sea’ Jane Tims

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I have submitted another painting to Isaac’s Way Restaurant, for their 25th Art Auction and Sale.  This event will run from September 27, 2015 to late January, 2016.  The proceeds from the auction go to sponsor kids-in-need. My latest painting is titled ‘Outside-In #3 – Far from the Sea’.

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The painting is the third in a series of still life paintings I have done about the many elements of nature we bring into our homes.  This includes items collected on walks, motifs on fabrics and metals, small statuary and so on.  My first painting in the series was ‘Outside-In’, a Chinese dragon hiding behind a glass cloche. The second painting was ‘Outside-In #2’ , a still life of a potpourri jar.

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Jane Tims 'outside-in' February 12, 2015

February 12, 2015 ‘Outside-In’ Jane Tims

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Jane Tims 'Outside-In No 1' May 2015

May 2015 ‘Outside-In #2’ Jane Tims

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For the new painting, I used Chromium Oxide Green, Burnt Umber, Titanium White, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow, Quinacridone Magenta and Cadmium Red.

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If you are in the Fredericton area, please drop in to Isaac’s Way. Their food is delicious and over fifty artists have their paintings on display. Bid and you could take home a piece of original art!

http://isaacsway.ca/art/

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Copyright  Jane Tims  2015

 

Written by jane tims

September 18, 2015 at 7:52 am

heart of darkness

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I love to read.  Certain scenes in the books I read stick in my head.  Sometimes they inspire me to try to capture the author’s words on canvas.

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I thought I would share a few of my paintings over my next few posts.  If you have read these books, perhaps my paintings will remind you of the words and scenes they try to portray.  If you have not read them, perhaps the paintings will inspire you to add them to your reading list.

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Jane Tims 2002 ‘Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness’ acrylic on canvas, 20 X 16

 

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‘ … Only the barbarous and superb woman did not so much as flinch, and stretched tragically her bare arms after us over the somber and glittering river …’   – Joseph Conrad, 1902, Heart of Darkness

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I first read Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ in school.  First published in 1902, the book is set against a background of British colonialism and the ivory trade.  The novella takes us on a dark journey along the Congo River as the narrator travels to meet Kurtz, the chief of the Inner Station of a Belgian Trade Company.  The book is a study of what happens to humans when corruption and greed become the drivers for life, and when they are left to operate outside the norms of society.

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The painting tries to capture the moment in the story when the steamboat is about to leave the Inner Station with the gravely ill Kurtz.  The natives he has been living with come to the shore.   Kurtz’ ‘mistress’, a ‘superb woman’, reaches her arms towards the leaving steamer.  A moment later the men on the boat use the people on the shore for target practice.

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My battered and dog-eared copy of Heart of Darkness. Leonard F. Dead (ed.) (1960) ‘Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness – Backgrounds and Criticisms’, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

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Copyright  2015  Jane Tims

 

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March 6, 2015 at 8:53 am

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