Low tide

I had one little 7″ x 10″ sample of paper left from Papeterie Saint-Gilles so I tried it out yesterday using a reference photo I took in La Malbaie at low tide. This sheet has rough-textured surface, and is 100% cotton rag, handmade in Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive. If I had to choose between the two sheets I tried, I would say I prefer the smoother surface one that I used to paint cherry tomatoes. It really took the colour well. In fact, before coming home, I did go back to the store to buy a few larger sheets that I hope to use in some studio watercolours. I have a feeling I will have lots of time for that this winter!

28 Comments on “Low tide”

  1. Bernadette says:

    So beautifully done. This conveys so much emotion. Lovely.


    • Thanks so much Bernadette. When I was taking photos of this scene, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was. But when you see something that beautiful, it is sometimes hard to replicate in watercolour. Glad you like it!


  2. Susan says:

    This is absolutely beautiful, Shari, even if you did’t care for the paper.
    I think you had much more rain than we did here. It continues to be hot, humid and mostly sunny.


  3. Cathy says:

    That is a real beauty!


  4. Thx for paper review. I will get some before summer’s end. Low tide is the best time. Love your interpretation, especially the reflecting water.

    Regards Mary (Molly) Harvey



  5. sandidureice says:

    Love Love Love


  6. Judy Sopher says:

    7X10 isn’t little to me. I can’t believe I used full sheets at one time. This scene is lovely. Peaceful and lovely. The muted hazy background is really effective.


  7. Chris Rusk says:

    So beautiful


  8. Linda King says:

    Love your painting!


  9. Denise says:

    Hope your vacation was as wonderful as all the pictures you sketched along the way! I lived vicariously through them, and enjoyed the “ride”! Still not venturing far from home these days, but escape through painting. Thanks!


  10. joantav says:

    Nice sense of distance with the tide and the mountain.


  11. Leonie McLaren says:

    OMG this is amazing – when I looked quickly at it I thought it was a photo. Beautiful work once again


  12. Susan says:

    OK, well that’s just a gorgeous little painting. Thank you!


  13. Linda Murray says:

    Oh my!! Lovely, just lovely!


  14. Absolutely exquisite colors (My fav – brown and blue) and execution, congratulations! Can’t say I’ve ever seen a painting I’ve enjoyed more. Is it for sale?


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