Sisters: don't mess with them!


Sisters always stand by each other.  They are sharp-witted and far more wordy than boys.  In any battle of words, girls will come out ahead.

"No one could have called Mr. Standen quick-witted, but the possession of three sisters had considerably sharpened his instinct of self-preservation." ~ Georgette Heyer, (1902-1974) a prolific historical fiction writer who specialized in the Regency era.

Three Sisters - Watercolours and Micron and Pitt pens on Canson XL watercolor paper

Three Sisters - 12 X 18" watercolour and micron pen (mixed media) on Canson XL watercolour paper.

Although we were only two girls and one boy in our household, the girls always stuck together no matter the issue or problem. Our unfortunate brother was caught in the middle, literally and figuratively.

Of course, much of the time, he was the author of his own the time he went into the freezer and ate the filling out of the butter tarts mom had made for Christmas. Or the time he nearly electrocuted himself, or set the house on fire. If he tried to pin the problem on us, we were quick to defend each other, and place the blame right back where it belonged.

I can only imagine adding one more girl into the mix! It would certainly keep any boy on his toes if not teach him quick comebacks.

So when I read about Mr. Standen and his "sharpened instinct of self-preservation", I laughed at the memories the quotation conjured up for me of my childhood. My brother was always in some sort of trouble at home, and the girls watched as fate or sometimes mom, meted out the consequences.

Watercolours require patience

Angela Kennedy"s workshop inspired me to paint this portrait. I have admired her work for such a long time. 

I learned to curb my impatience with watercolours and to add layers slowly allowing each layer to dry.  This sounds easy but isn't when you are used to working with acrylics that dry very quickly whereas watercolours do not. This is often the most frustrating part of working with this medium.  

Each painting is a new learning experience for me. I love experimenting and then discovering that I have moved forward as an artist by trying something new.

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