Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Wishing Well

Arranging Shapes Creates Movement

Arranging Shapes to Create Movement

Seeing this 2003 Watercolor made me pause and think of wishing you all well. I hope you and your family are safe. It’s pure imagination to consider that throwing something down into a well will make a wish come true, however, paraphrased the  law of inertia states “Every action creates an equal & opposite reaction”. Perhaps a short wishing well is best in order to bounce an idea upwards. A positive example is “if you roll a ball, it will continue rolling unless friction or something else stops it by force”. Clearly action is required to make things go forward. No matter what, it is a good idea to take steps towards your dreams and protect them from interfering force.

When I look at this painting I immediately feel a swirling motion. Arranging shapes diagonally creates movement, so the strong vertical of the hollyhock buds starts you into the painting and the white flowers swirl downward at an angle. Then the curved blocks of the wishing well bring you back up again circling you back into the painting again. Diagonal arrangements of shapes suggest motion.



Two of my original paintings are currently being displayed in national juried exhibitions! If you are nearby, feel free to stop by and see the beautiful paintings created by watermedia artists from all over the country included in each show.

“Next in Line” is in Texas at the Watermedia National Juried Exhibition Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary at 1100 Annie Oakley Drive, Anna TX 75409 until October 31st.  Reception & Awards is October 31st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. To view the show online go to

“Starry Fields” from my personal collection is at the NorthStar National Juried Art Exhibition, open to the public now through November 13, 2020 at the Wildwood Library, 763 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN.
Hours for viewing at the library are:
Mon, Wed, Fri, and Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. |  Tues and Thurs: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
– View all 58 paintings on NorthStar Watermedia Society website







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