October New Works and Their Stories

05 November, 2019 2 comments Leave a comment

Discovery Awaits, watercolour by Karen Richardson

It is remarkable how many memories can be captured in a simple lake scene. I grew up in the Canadian Shield region of Ontario, just east of Algonquin Park, so landscapes filled with clear water, sturdy rocks and wind-sculpted pine trees are ingrained in my soul.

October was a very productive month in my studio, ushering in seven small paintings as I continued working on my Northern Lakes series and my Pebble Beach series. You can click on the pictures to see more details about them.

Shown above is 'Discovery Awaits', watercolour on panel (no glass) 10 x 10". This was inspired by a photo taken by my long time friend Tim Thorington at Rock Lake in Algonquin Park. His photo reminds me of my childhood and is pictured below.

Photo of Rock Lake, Algonquin Park, by Tim Thorington

I inserted different foreground trees and a canoe into the scene. I feel many elements of this painting turned out exactly right: the curving line of the beach that beckons the viewer into the scene, the glow of light on the water, the unusual cloud patterns that lead the eye to the sculpted pine trees, the warm and inviting colour scheme and, above all, the sense of place.

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The Edge of Time, watercolour by Karen Richardson 

Shown above is 'The Edge of Time', watercolour on panel (no glass) 8 x 8".  This painting was inspired by the photo below that I took at Lake of the Woods in 2012.

Lake of the Woods, photo by Karen Richardson

My husband and I visit this beautiful part of northwestern Ontario every chance we get. The lake's colour, pine trees, and rocky islands are particularly beautiful to me, as they remind me of the Ottawa Valley where I spent my childhood.

In the painting, I invented a golden misty background to give the impression of a dawn or near-sunset scene. The title refers to the cusp of day and night.

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In This Moment, watercolour by Karen Richardson 

Shown above is 'In This Moment', watercolour on panel (no glass) 11 x 14". I used the photo below as reference for this island lake scene. I took the photo decades ago while canoeing on a northern Ontario lake.

Photo of northern Ontario lake by Karen Richardson

This is the second time I have painted this scene. The first watercolour, titled 'At Rest' was smaller (8 x 10"), painted a year ago, and shown below.

At Rest, watercolour by Karen Richardson

I am so captivated by this wee island mirrored in a serene lake that I can see more paintings like this in my future. Perhaps an autumn version...

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Perfect Fit, watercolour by Karen Richardson

Shown above is the first of October's pebble beach paintings. This one is titled 'Perfect Fit', watercolour on panel (no glass) 8 x 8" and it depicts a cluster of beautiful specimen stones nestled in crevices between smooth boulders. Each pebble is uniquely lovely and comfortable in its surroundings, just like a gathering of old, dear friends. This piece is entirely from my imagination, loosely inspired by blue pebbles I have seen in British Columbia.

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Settled In, watercolour by Karen Richardson 

Pictured above is a companion painting to 'Perfect Fit'. This one is titled 'Settled In', watercolour on panel (no glass) 8 x 8" and depicts another blue-themed collection of stunning stones, both large and small, created from my imagination.

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Land of the Blue Jay, watercolour by Karen Richardson

Pictured above is an 8 x 8" watercolour I painted a few years ago titled 'Land of the Blue Jay'. I loved this wee piece and I have a small collection of blue jay feathers which have been gifted to me by friends or by happenstance over the years, so I decided to paint a few more pebble beach backdrops for these iconic blue feathers.


Featherstone Finery, watercolour by Karen Richardson

Shown above is 'Featherstone Finery', watercolour on panel (no glass) 8 x 10". The pebbles are imaginary but loosely inspired by the gloriously warm-toned pebble beaches of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. Featherstone was the name of the very first pebble and feather painting I ever made, almost 20 years ago.

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Light as a Feather, watercolour by Karen Richardson

This final piece from the October collection, shown above, is 'Light as a Feather', watercolour on panel (no glass) 6 x 12". It also is inspired by Gros Morne beaches in Newfoundland. I love the contrast of the orange and blue colour scheme.

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It feels great to be back in the swing of painting this fall. Stay tuned for November's creations.

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  1. Paul James November 27, 2019

    Beautiful scenes, as always:-)

  2. Richard McGuinness November 19, 2019

    Love your work!