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Sunburst at Achaguie
Watercolour, 10 x 14 inches (25.5 x 35.5 cm)

The snow has all gone now, so this might be my last white painting for a while. I don't know whether we'll have any more wintry weather. There was snow in February last year, so it's quite possible.


  1. Love it, Keith I do wonder are you left-handed? If all the rain here would be snow we would be completely cut off now. It's cold though, very cold, I really don't know how you guy cope with that, and paint with Water for that matter as well.

    Take care, ... you water-wizard

  2. Thanks René. No just plain right-handed.

    The rain is turning to snow again here and it's getting colder.

    When I see David McEown's paintings nothing seems too cold.

  3. Thanks Stuart. I hope you're coping OK with the winter down there.

  4. Thanks Julie. I had some good material to work with.

  5. nice bit of drama keith
    i'm fed up with the snow now!

  6. Yes it get to be a nuisance after a while Rob.

  7. Hi Keith,
    how do you manage with the cold weather and the watercolour drying times? I had an afternoon recently and when the paint on my palette froze, which was an interesting experience...and then ice crystals formed on my paper. Amazing, but I didn't get any more painting done that day. I get a bit frustrated waiting in the cold for my picture to dry and have given up doing multiple washes in winter. Do you have any restrictions or do you work with it?

  8. Hi Liz,

    I know, it's frustrating. I paint in a direct way with one layer of paint as much as possible, so that helps a lot. I don't have the paint too wet either. Big skies are a problem though and I often leave them to put in when I get back home.However, when it's so cold that the paint is freezing on the palette, as it has been recently, I tend to do sketches in graphite or watercolour pencil and paint at home. This painting was a studio one.

    I've heard that adding gin or vodka to the water helps to delay the freezing, but I haven't tried that yet.

    Have you seen David McEwon's work? He seems to accept the frozen washes and make them part of the painting.

  9. Thanks for the David McEwon link, I can see some ice crystals in his work. How interesting. Hadn't heard of anyone doing that before. I tried to recreate that happy freezing accident the next day but it didn't quite work out as the crystals disappeared when it defrosted. And I hadn't heard of using Gin or Vodka either... a bit for me...a bit for the palette..things are looking up afterall.

  10. The idea of using vodka is, perhaps, not so stupid - after all, it would have to help against the cold, in more ways than one! Lovely painting, Keith.

  11. Yes, much more useful than the other idea I've heard of - adding glycerine!


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