The Making of Superior Gems

28 July, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

 Superior Gems, watercolour by Karen Richardson

Knowing how much I love stones, one of my painting students suggested I would enjoy a visit to Pebble Beach in the town of Marathon on Lake Superior's northern shore.

A few months later, our travels took us by that location, and we made a point to check out this beach. Am I ever glad we did! The beach is composed of smooth round stones the size of citrus fruits - from limes to grapefruits. The colours are rich and varied, especially when the stones are wet, and many have interesting stripes or other markings. One wonders how stones from many different rocky origins ended up in one place.

Recently I completed my first painting of this beach (shown above) and am totally thrilled with it.

I photographed each step of my painting process and created a one-minute time lapse video, to show you the flow of this painting's creation. Click on the picture below to view the video and get an idea of how I work.


I am looking forward to doing more paintings of this remarkable beach. If you are a 'rockaholic' like me, you will understand my compulsion.

For more information about this painting, click here.

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