Covid Creativity: 30Sep2021

by Susan Irving

The first painting, Staircase in Queensferry, was done about 15 years ago.  I’d sold it but posted the photo on Facebook recently.  One of my  Welsh cousins, who lives in Scotland with his Scottish wife ,told me she had grown up in that house and wanted to buy the painting.  But of course it was long gone.

Staircase in Queensferry, watercolour

Since they had just moved into a new house, I promised I would do another version and send it as a house-warming gift.  But I haven’t done serious painting in watercolour for many years and it certainly was a challenge to begin again.

I had also lost the original photo I took of that staircase the last time I was in Scotland.  I did have another photo, but from a different angle that was not very good in terms of composition. So I really had only the photo of the painting I had posted online.

After about five failed attempts, I settled on the second one:  Stairs, North Queensferry.   I am not so sure I like the second painting as much as the first, but the colours are more in keeping with the area of Fife, Scotland, which is near Edinburg.

Stairs, North Queensferry, Scotland #2

Anyway, I emailed the photo of the second one to my cousin and he said he loved it, so it has gone off in the mail, unframed and not matted.

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  1. Good job, Susan. Not easy trying to pick up watercolour again (I’ve tried) and not easy either repeating a composition. Lucky cousin.


  2. Thank you for all the kind comments. Now that I have a new kitten and no way to block off my studio from the rest of the house, I shall probably be doing more sketching and/or watercolours and less acrylics, pours and mixed media , since aforementioned kitten is very “helpful” and into everything. Oh well, I need the practice anyway!


  3. Wonderful, Susan! A beautiful reproduction, not quite the same but as close as you’d want it. I agree with Lynne – lucky cousin!


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