Friday, May 30, 2014

Stepping Out

"Snowy Egret"
6x6 WC
I painted this little watercolor on a 6x6 block that I just couldn't resist buying. The paper is very smooth and slick with sizing but I like how I can move the paint around on it. The washes stay wet and the paper doesn't buckle.
A  birdwatcher friend was highly amused when I told him how I reminded myself that this bird is a snowy egret. Snowy egrets have yellow feet and to make that association was to think 'don't eat yellow snow'.  I know, but it worked ;)
Last Sunday I had the most fabulous day out visiting friends and artists at the annual North River Arts Festival. Despite the gloom and doom weather forecast both days ended up sunny and beautiful.
These photos of the Puppet Parade say it all!

The NRAS bathing beauty and her cabana
can you see who's inside?

It took me a while but I figured out 
who was underneath this outfit ;)
It was 'Honorable Mention" winner Sally Dean 
with her fantastic mosaic "Amelia"


art by Michael Perchard said...

Hello Mary! I love your "Snowy Egret!" Also get a kick out of how you remember them!
Great photos of the festival. Glad you had fun!
Love your art Mary!
Bay State Buddy!
(Also Nova Scotia!)

CrimsonLeaves said...

The egret is beautifully painted, Mary. I love the shadow on her side too. The parade looks amazing and I do so love that mosaic!

Sally Dean said...

thanks MSW- you da bomb!
LOVE the watercolor….

Paintings by Patricia said...

Love that little watercolor....nice clean washes..
Fun parade.

Lorna said...

Mary, I don't know why but I immediately got a brainflash of Groucho Marx in a university gown. Wrong colours, but still a very strong image! This says nothing about your talent, but you know how I feel about that.

Maureen Brookfield said...

Fun Story! And a really fun, loose and painterly watercolor! Best, Maureen

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

who's the engine behind and the creator of the cabana?
Our own Girls Just Wanna Paint girl, Nancy Colella!!
I thought it was genius ;)

Art Maine said...

Flowering Snow
Deep Thoughts

A snowy egret
never sees snow but
a watercolor
painter always sees
the paper white's bloom.

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