Elaine Watts
Watercolourist and Printmaker


(posted on 5 Sep 2015)

After a few months of travel and hosting, I'm happy to be back into the swing of my studio. Getting prepared for all the fall events is exciting and challenging, and I'm also getting into my studio a lot more than I have over the summer.

We had a few great trips in June and July, and came home to ongoing hospitality for all the wonderful friends and family who we hope will sometime move to the Okanagan so we can see more of them!

Next year this time we are hoping to make a very special trip to Mount Assiniboine, in the BC Rockies, but in the meanwhile I thought I'd show you the beauty of the back of Lake Louise. If you look very closely you can see Abbot Hut, perched on the top of the Continental Divide.

We walked as far up the Trail of the Plain of the 7 Glaciers where we could just see this alpine hut (not available to scale from this side, but from the BC side of the Rockies, in beautiful Lake O'Hara.

I still have a 5" X 7" card of this painting (that I did as a sample, before doing the larger version) as the large one sold to the first people who saw it.

We also had a great trip to Barkerville, a historic old gold rush town in central BC, and a couple of trips to Vancouver Island and Quadra Island, fishing, hiking and generally having fun in the sun, in the early summer.

Then I came home and started working on my 2016 calendars and some new cards for the fall shows. The calendars have arrived and will be $12 each. Same desktop style, suitable for mailing easily, and sitting by your computer or your mantle for a quick glimpse of the month at a glance and a different piece of art every month.

This is the cover page:

Let me know if you want one (or more!)

On to the shows.

First up is the DeVine Art Group show here in Summerland. Local wineries and over 10 local artists, as well as a local chocolatiere, team up to provide an exceptional event you won't want to miss if you're in the area! Details here.

And immediately on to the next show which opens at 7 pm October 1, at the Summerland Art Gallery. "20 Minutes Max", as it is called, reflecting the longest pose the model holds on our Wednesday night Life Drawing at Shatford Centre, will be a selection of works from about 10 artists who regularly attend the drop-in sessions. We are calling ourselves "The Group of 6 or 7" (a reference to the famous Canadian "Group of 7" artists--although we're certainly not that famous!)

You can expect to see a selection of work including some in colour (from me!) and others which are in charcoal or ink (black & white) or conte or pastel. It's a fabulous bunch of artists and I'm really looking forward to the response.

After that it will be knuckling down for Christmas shows and parties--although that seems a long way off now.

Hope to see you at one of my events, or in my studio, before the year ends!