Friday, 7 July 2017

The Fascination of Water Scenes

Ottawa River, Whitewater Region, Acrylic, 12" x 16"

Blog 28

As this blog falls within my holiday season at the cottage, I decided to write about the fascination water has for most of us. I am not talking about the water coming from the sky, even though I love the rhythmic patter of the rain drops on the roof and windows and the fresh air that usually follows a good rainfall. I love looking for rainbows when rain and sun meet. However, this spring, we have seen so much rain that my excitement is at a low whenever I see dark clouds moving in.

What comes to my mind when I think about water is a white sand beach with the blue waves slightly dancing in and out. This image makes me feel happy, calm, and peaceful. I can feel the warm sun on my skin and smell the salt in the air. It reminds me of holidays and a break in the daily routine. This is a place to relax and re-energize.

However, it is not only the calm water that fascinates me. Every year, when our group of painters goes to Kamouraska for a week of painting, we are excited and inspired by the ever changing scenery. The changing tides make areas visible that were hidden moments ago and the other way around. The sun, wind, and clouds change the colour and the temperament of the water and its surroundings. Water is mesmerizing and challenging to paint because sometimes the changes happen in a blink of an eye.

Why is it that water captivates us? It must be more than just the beauty of the scenery. Maybe, it is because it resembles life where everything is quickly changing, and where dark clouds and turmoil are sooner or later followed by a phase of beauty and peacefulness. Maybe, we feel drawn to it because it is so important in making life possible. Our body consists of more than half of water. We need water to survive. We use it to create energy (both mental and physical) and to clean ourselves and our possessions. Water helps to create income. Not only the tourist industry depends on water but also the recreational sector, transportation, and the fishing industry.

I think the attraction of water lies in its ability to make us feel something, either peacefulness and joy or the force of the water threatening our lives. Both positive and negative emotions are easily visualized. I am sure most of the victims of the recent flood agree, even though the water threatened their possessions, once the flood receded, the beautiful sunsets and the sun rays dancing on the water surface made being close to the water just irresistible.

Here are some of my favourite water scenes:

Left from top:
L'île du Gros Pèlerins, St.-André-du-Kamouraska, Oil, 11" x 14"
Peacefulness, Acrylic, 16" x 20" 
Rocky Shore, Oil, 8” x 10”

Middle from top: 
Wolkenspiel - Cloud Formations, Acrylic, 11" x 14" 
Catching The Fall Colours, Oil, 8" x 10"  

Right from top:
Ste. Lucie Swamp, Oil, 11" x 14" 
Along the St. Laurent River, Oil, 8" x 10" 
Fall Splendor, Acrylic, 18" x 24"

How do you feel about water? Do you love it or fear it? Does it remind you of happy times? I would love to hear from you. You can just leave a comment or reach out to me at or on Facebook at


  1. Water, lakes & Rivers brings memories of my parents taking us to the lake for a swim or cool off after dinner. Often, we would meet some cousins there as well. This is many++ years ago and good memories

  2. Canadians are lucky to have so many lakes and rivers in which they can swim. We always love our times at the cottage where we create some new memories.