Afternoon En Plein Air – Gaetz Lakes Trail

A quick afternoon watercolour painted en plein air at the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada).

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En Plein Air – April 16, 2016 – Johnson Lake, Banff National Park

Johnson Lake, Banff National Park - April 16, 2016 - 5"x7" - watercolour on paper

Johnson Lake, Banff National Park – April 16, 2016 – 5″x7″ – watercolour on paper

Day 7 of en plein air painting brought a challenge. We decided to go out of town hiking, so the only way to keep up the daily painting was to pack up the watercolours for a quick paint post hike.

Another little one, 5″x7″, watercolour on paper.

Art by Debra Hunter

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New Watercolour Painting of Red Deer

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2015
9″x12″
watercolour

I have been trying for weeks to get out to paint the fall leaves, however life has a way of getting very busy and painting is the last thing on the “to do” list.

Yesterday I finally squeezed in a quick 20  minute paint down at McKenzie Trails in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada). I haven’t done watercolours in forever, but it seemed like the right choice for a quick paint. There is something to be said for working fast, the work is freer and less contrived, plus it allows one to be just a little more abstract.

Painting by Debra Hunter

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Roe Islet Watercolor Painting

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Roe Islet, BC, Canada * (2015) * 4.75″ x 6.75″ * watercolor and ink on paper

With the insanity of everyday life taking a toll on my available time, I recently decided to take a break from the larger panels and instead enjoy painting in watercolors for a week or two. Watercolors require smaller amounts of time and commitment, plus I find simply by working on paper you are more likely to experiment. Experimentation is a good thing, keeping things loose and trying new things. It is easy to fit in two or three watercolors in a day, where a bigger panel takes weeks to complete. Some of the watercolors I have been working on are also scenes I have an interest  in painting on a large panel; in a way they are enjoyable research.

When I say this is a watercolor, it is in fact a watercolor overworked with ink. I quite like playing with adding a deep black after the fact. Working as a portrait photographer I am constantly avoiding shadows, always filling them in so that lines and character don’t show through. In my painting I can embrace shadows as a good thing, a defining element that is positive, and that is exactly what the black ink gives me….a good, strong, unapologetic shadow.

This watercolor and ink is of a natural area on Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada) called Roe Islet. I have been focusing on this location as a painting topic quite a bit recently. It’s natural and rugged with plants and moss and sea views too. It seems I am currently drawn to painting trees and this islet has a never ending variety of tree shapes,sizes and colors.

Painting by Debra Hunter
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