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Words written in watercolor

November 1st, 2003 · No Comments

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, here are myriad words painted poetically in watercolors by Victoria Harrison . Our neighborhood is filled with wonderful creative people, and it’s been great getting to know Vicky. She’s a wife, mother, painter and a generous gardener too: when she heard how I was searching for plants last spring, she gave me some of the perennials she split out from her own yard.

Her paintings depict flowers and gardens, but also simple scenes of nature, from the Northwest and other places. She even did a picture, one of my favorites, of a European arbor, entitled “Geneva Stroll” (thought that might be intriguing to you readers who are familiar with Switzerland!) There are pathways and reflections, breezes and views. A sunrise over a harbor. Disappearing fences. Floating fall maple leaves. Lilies. Irises. Lavender fields. There is a sense of invitation in her work, and also mystery, in the pathways that curve out of view. I also sense peace and tranquility in her watercolors. Eye-catching color. Detail. Depth. Expansion. Freedom. Refreshment. Beauty. Those are some of the words that come to mind when I look at her work. Take a look and discover what poetry you find her paintings. I hope you find you like them as much as I do…

Tomorrow we’ve been invited to attend an Arts Walk Gallery Reception, featuring Vicky’s watercolors, at the Performing Arts Playhouse. Titled “Simply Bainbridge”, the show is included in the Bainbridge Island Arts Walk from 12 to 5 pm. I wish we could go. In the past I’ve gone to other art walks and admired Vicky’s works. As a family though we have other plans for the day, since we are on vacation, but I hope we can fit in a few moments to go see these enchanting paintings.

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