Wash day

Wash day

Superb depiction of the outdoors. You've caught a great atmoshere throughout the painting, wonderful!

I like this very much, Sharon, it has movement and atmosphere.

That's nice and very effective use of water work will limited colours Sharon. Impressive.

The way you have captured the white washing against white Sharon is superb. Beautiful washes.

A lovely painting.

A wonderful contrast of darks and lights Sharon, you've done a marvelous job of converting the photo to colour.

A really good watercolour here Sharon :)

A good drying day I can feel the wind!

This is a beautiful painting - great technique and a super soft palette.

Thank you all for posting your comments, they are such a great encouragement. So fine to get such positive feedback.

How interesting, hanging the washing over the water. I have never seen this. I live in a port, but here the men who lived by the sea all knew about pulleys and so created washing lines that could be hoisted really high in the back gardens. The lines were often double to take double the washing. Lovely painting.

Superb Sharon a gorgeous work

Such accomplished use of wet in wet and the white paper left in the water is quite inspirational.

Love this..great work.

Posted by T H on Tue 06 Dec 08:39:55

Precarious work she is doing, and beautifully worked using the medium to strength

Wonderful watercolour Sharon, beautiful colours and washes and great atmosphere.

I love that Sharon fabulous painting

What a wonderful water colour Sharon - perfect use of the medium


Thank you all for such generous feedback ; really gives a lift to read such lovely comments. Linda, this lady is actually standing on deck - she probably didn't have a garden! The barge families lead a rather nomadic life, have to send their children off to special boarding schools etc., whilst they travel the length of the European waterways. Not so many of them left these days, life is pretty hard for them. Forgot to mention that I was very impressed with this 100percent cotton paper. Used it for the first time, and it reacts brilliantly. Only negative possibly is that it lifts out very easily - usually an advantage, but you have to be careful.

Thanks Margaret and Gudrun, much appreciated.

I thought you would like to know that I thought of you on my recent Holland America cruise, as there were Dutch scenes of canals and docks decorating the corridors. but there were none as lovely as this painting!

A lovely compliment Linda ! I have replied via your portrait of Dagmar, hopefully you will get an email message.

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Loosely based on a black and white photograph from our local archive, which has recently been made available online, and which my watercolour group is using as inspiration for a series of paintings. This scene was originally shot more than thirty years ago in the small commercial port where the barges used to come and unload – and the skippers’ wives had time to do a bit of washing in between trips, rain or shine. Watercolour on Canson Moulin du Roy NOT 300gsm, 25x35cm. Original photograph courtesy of Archief Eemland/Amersfoortse Courant.

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