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Had to kinda use the imagination just a bit. Understand we have plenty of rivers, but I’m close to the ocean, so there is more old scrub oaks than anything else. So why the Birch trees, because I needed to create something my new watercolour students could use their masking fluid on for the first time.

Buy it, I’m already well into my 60’s and if I’m going to be famous, well, I’m running out of time. I like to think my work has been influenced by the great impressionists, although my wife says it’s because I won’t go and get my eyes checked. At any rate, I do love to paint watercolour and acrylics and it’s a true wish of mine that you enjoy viewing my work. Go ahead and let me know what you think, I love to read your comments. (Well….the good ones anyway.)

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 2 years ago

    This is very different Jimmy! Are you a bit of a masochist??? LOL! It would have been horrendous trying to match up those reflections, but you have achieved a real eye catcher with this one….

  • Now that’s weird, I typed the wonderful reply a good half hour ago, came back to this page and it was gone. You don’t suppose I actually didn’t hit the ADD REPLY button. Anyway the original reply was – Lynda, you are a real sweetheart, because we both know that those tree reflections don’t really match that well, but the positive side is that this painting served great as a teaching piece for those new watercolour students who were ready to try out their masking fluid. Thanks dear for a wonderful comment.

    – Jim Phillips

  • marlene veronique holdsworth
    marlene veroni...almost 2 years ago

    Lovely work Jim – great colour combo!

  • Thanks Marlene, that very kind of you to say.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice work.

  • Much appreciated Albert, thank you.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely work Jim . x

  • Thank you Irene, sweet of you to say.

    – Jim Phillips

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...almost 2 years ago

    Ya know…I have actually heard of the masking process in painting…. Just finished painting the house…oops….different masking…..
    Nice piece here brah’

  • No it’s not, pretty much the same, I actually use masking tape as well as masking fluid on some of the watercolours. Thanks KJ and yes I know you were just playing. Thank you brah’.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinalmost 2 years ago

    gorgeous work, Jim!!

  • Thanks so very much Sally.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromalmost 2 years ago

    I need to come and take a water color class…just could never get my head around water color! Scared the heck out of me… how funny is that!? I love the blocks of color in this, the relflection is spot on!

  • You know it would just tickle me to death to have you in my watercolour class Susan, but I’m reasonably sure you could find a qualified instructor closer than North Carolina…

    – Jim Phillips

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 2 years ago

    wonderful work Jim great reflection

  • Much appreciated Maggie, thank you dear.

    – Jim Phillips

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 2 years ago

    good old masking fluid keeps those highlights I hear..but I never use it Jim…I really must try some one of these days… then I will report back to the teacher! wonderful demonstration for your students Jim..

  • Great to use, especially with watercolours Linda. Teacher’s Hint: don’t use your finer brushes, use a cheaper one and even then you can drip it in some type of liquid soap and just squeegee it with your fingers, don’t use water until you are finished with the masking fluid, the soap will assist in getting the fluid off the brush. It really can ruin a quality brush, so go cheap.

    – Jim Phillips

  • Val Spayne
    Val Spaynealmost 2 years ago

    I love birch trees. Really like how you have done the light and dark bank Jim.

  • It was a teaching piece Val, not intended to be very complex, so thank you for your very kind remarks.

    – Jim Phillips

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