At one with Nature – Watercolour in a Watercolour Moleskine
Please indulge me on this one. When I was ten years old I contracted scarlet fever and was bed ridden for 10 weeks. Many personal possessions were either fumigated or destroyed as this was a contagious disease in the 1950′s, in fact it was only because my mother was a nurse that I was allowed to recover at home and not in hospital. Our neighbours collected old books and other things to keep me occupied – they would also be destroyed later. One item was a pair of old encyclopaedias. This image is from one of these books. It described how the Native Americans lived in harmony with nature. The scene is meant to show one such person paying homage to a huge redwood tree so I’m guessing this was on the west coast of the USA or maybe even in Canada.
Isn’t it strange how we remember things? I mentioned this to John Stremikis recently and he encouraged me to try a painting and compare it with what I remember – a really exciting exercise as it turned out. I wish I could remember the original source.
This was my second attempt. The first one is at
and is in acrylic. I decided to redo it in watercolour as I was able to “lift out” the shafts of light more easily.