June, 2019     Volume 3, Issue 5.

Please sponsor me, and I’ll paint for six hours straight!

Come watch me play on my latest painting of a tall ship in a bottle this Saturday (June 1st) at the Art School of Peterborough, and support a great cause while you're at it!

Oh, and read all about my latest painting and what wood I'm turning into frames now.

Watercolours by Dwayne

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Upcoming Shows...

The next few months will be a busy one for me. At present, I’ve got over a dozen shows booked, but am always open to finding more. Most of them are local, and the most distant one is the "Atzscape by the Bay" show in Sarnia that takes place concurrently with the Tall Ships Festival.

Here's my current list. Hope to see you at some of these events over the next few months. As always, suggestions for new shows and festivals are most welcome.


This Saturday (June 1st), the Art School of Peterborough will be holding its ninth annual Art-a-thon. Taking place concurrently with the Taste of Downtown, the art-a-thon will see a number of artists do creative things publicly for a solid six hours to raise money for the art school.

I’m happy to be participating this year, and will be playing on my latest painting, another in my series of boats inside bottles. This time it’s the Bluenose with the famous Peggy Cove’s lighthouse in the background. 

Here's an in progress image:
And, here's what I'm got planned for the image in its entirety:
Stop by the Art School of Peterborough on Saturday June 1st to see it live and in progress!

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"Canadian Canoe"

One thing that always amazes me at art shows is how people are automatically drawn to my latest painting, even people who have never seen my art before. It’s not like I lead them to it, or even point it out. Many times, I’ll be standing off to the side painting, and people will walk right up to it no matter where I have it hanging.
"Canadian Canoe"
Watercolour, 20" by 20"
Copyright 2019 by Dwayne James.
That was certainly the case this last weekend at the Apple Blossom Tyme Festival in Colborne, Ontario. This was the first public viewing of my latest painting of the silver dollar titled, “Canadian Canoe.” I had barely hung it up on the wall (right beside "Canadian Wish" to show how they fit together) when one of my fellow vendors approached me and asked if I was a coin collector. When I responded that I wasn’t, but that I was drawn to paint them, he told me that he liked my creation a lot, but that 1935 wasn’t actually the first time that the voyageur canoe appeared on the Canadian silver dollar.
The first two coin paintings in my planned polyptych, framed and hanging side by side the way they were designed to hang.
“That would have been 1911,” he explained. “The Mint struck only six coins, and only one actually made it into circulation, making it the most valuable Canadian coin out there. Then, in 1935, the canoe came back as you show in your painting.”

Then, he went back to setting up his booth which, it should probably come as no surprise, was for his coin collecting business. He had as many coins with him last weekend as he had stories and interesting trivia. He was forever coming over to show (or gift) me with coins that he thought would make great paintings!

Talk about an amazing coincidence - that he should be there on the first show where I’m displaying my coin paintings. It certainly has given me enthusiasm for continuing to work on the entire planned nine-part polyptych (shown below with the dime and silver dollar completed.)

Reclaiming wood...

There was something else about my painting of the silver dollar that was attracting attention at the Apple Blossom Tyme festival. Namely, its frame.

I've always been very big into using reclaimed wood in all my framing projects. Whether it was barnwood, or wood that my father had long ago discarded as he was building stairs. A couple of years ago though, I lucked upon a wonderful discovery.

It was when I was doing some organizing in my workshop shortly after I had moved into it. Part of that organizing involved dismantling a poorly made work bench. As I pulled several of the large planks off, I noticed that the grain pattern - hidden under a peeling coat of dark stain - was unique. It was a bird's eye design. It clearly wasn't maple, but I'd heard of other words having this highly valued, pock-marked grain.

It wasn't until just last month when I finally got a chance to rip a few of the planks that I found out that the wood is spruce. Once I got it cleaned up, sanded, and stained, I finally realized just what a treasure I had. It makes for some lovely frames (such as the one I made for a small print of "Jody's Woodland"). Clearly, I'm not alone in this opinion. At my most recent show, I've already taken a custom order for a print of "Golden Tears" framed in bird's eye.

About Dwayne...

Watercolour artist Dwayne James lives near Lakefield, Ontario where he paints as often as he can, that is when he’s not spending time with his daughter, twin boys, and his very forgiving wife.

Dwayne studied archaeology in University, and as a result learned how to write creatively. “The most important skill I learned in University,” he says, “was the ability to pretentiously write about myself in the third person.”

With no formal art training, Dwayne has always preferred the self-guided, experimental approach. In fact, he taught himself how to illustrate archaeological artifacts while completing his Master’s degree at Trent University. Said his thesis supervisor at the time: “There might not be much in the way of coherent theoretical content in Dwayne’s thesis, but damn, it looks pretty!”

After working for close to a decade as a technical communicator, Dwayne chose to look at being downsized in January 2009 as an opportunity to become a stay@home Dad for his newborn twins and pursue his painting and creative writing. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.

A self-taught painter, Dwayne’s  highly-detailed watercolour paintings have been described as “unconventional” yet “absolutely authentic.”

Fascinated by both texture and dimension, Dwayne channels nature to create personalised images that are not easily captured with conventional photography.

Dwayne seizes a moment in his paintings that shifts every time you view them. You may have seen watercolours before but, chances are, you have never seen watercolours like Dwayne’s.

Copyright © 2019 Watercolours by Dwayne, All rights reserved.

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