conveying mood

May 14, 2015

THE HERITAGE HOMES in our city of Kamloops were built at the turn of the 20th Century and are really rather distinctive, reflecting a very decided Victorian panache.  Here are a couple which have been perfectly maintained….



PAINTING-WISE, the more interesting homes are, for me, the ones which have been given up for rooming houses, and therefore rather neglected….



‘Columbia Street Noel’, 7″x12″, watercolour, (sold)

THE OBJECTIVE is to successfully convey a particular mood to the viewer–in this case, a certain melancholy–a fragile attempt at dressing-up a once-proud home in the midst of frigid temperatures and icy snow.

The buyer of this painting saw it in the Gallery and exclaimed that her parents had had this house built, and immediately claimed it for her own.  It suddenly made me wish I hadn’t been quite so accurate about painting in the worn and shabby details.


10 Responses to “conveying mood”

  1. With an artist’s freedom, you’ve produced a watercolor with much more charm than the photograph of the house. I see other people have left similar comments.


  2. Jackie said

    Beautiful painting and wonderful story behind it. 🙂

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  3. You created the perfect mood here. Beautiful.

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  4. Now those are real houses. Left Miami in January and now in Greensboro NC and there are many of this type here. Always wanted to restore the exterior or a house like this but get shaky on a 6 foot ladder.

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  5. I am touched and confirmed thanks so much cynthia


  6. This so beautifully illustrates a difference between photography and painting…the presence of the human hand and mind, unmediated by machine… immediacy.

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  7. Beautiful painting and geometry

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  8. Aww thanks! I’d love any suggestions for improvement. I feel like I have so far to go, particularly with the watercolor renderings I posted today.

    I hope to one day be able to produce something this beautiful in watercolor. It’s such a challenge, but what a payoff when you get it right, as you’ve done here.

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  9. oh my that’s so nice. I really enjoy seeing your ‘Mother’s Day flowers’

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  10. It looks much better in your rendering, much more alive and sparkling. I think you did it justice. It’s a beautiful painting.

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