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Mother's Watchful Eye
"Mother’s Watchful Eye"
©2019, 30" by 22", Watercolour

I have always wanted to paint a wolf, but I just didn't know how to do it in a way that hadn't already been done a hundred times over. Then, not long ago, it occurred to me that I could make it into some kind of family theme.

My wife and I have twin sons who are nine. When they were born, they were a handful and didn't much like to sleep, so my wife and I had to grab our rest whenever and wherever we could. Even so, that rest was often fleeting, and easily and frequently interrupted.

This painting is meant as a tribute to my wife who fought hardest to get the sleep she needed because the boys, to this day, go right to Mommy whenever they need anything.

In the scene that I've created in the painting, Momma wolf is trying to have a nap with the pups, but that nap has been interrupted by the unexpected arrival of a chipmunk, who clearly wants to be anywhere else. Wearily, Momma is opening one eye to see what's going on.

From a technical standpoint, this painting was an experiment. I based it on about a half dozen different photographs that I arranged in this particular composition so that the natural edges would all point towards the wolf pups. In terms of the photographs, there is the image with the mother wolf, then another with the bodies of the pups, and another with the wolf heads I wanted, and then another with the shocked chipmunk.

As for the rocks in the foreground, I chose something appropriate for the family-theme. If this sounds confusing, let me explain. These particular rocks are located at an idyllic campsite on Bentshoe Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. Starting in the early 90s, my friends and I have gone camping there many times over the years, and always found these particular rocks useful because they were both flat and elevated, making them a perfect “table” for preparing food. I’ve camped on this site in summer, a few times in the winter, and even one Thanksgiving when we cooked a turkey over a campfire. It really is one of the nicest places I’ve ever pitched a tent.

Then, in 2013, I took my wife and four-year old twins there, and it was magical. One of my favourite pictures from the trip, and the one I used as a source image for the painting, was of my sons sitting on the rocks eating oatmeal. I composed the finished image in such a way that they boys were hidden, but one of them still snuck into the painting anyhow without me even realizing it. Take a look under the left leg of the wolf pup who is howling. See that line of white and the splotchy, greenish wall just below it? That’s the white shirt that my son was wearing as well as the pattern on his pajama bottoms. When I was painting that area, I thought the white was a pattern in the rocks, and that the pajama design was lichen!
Viking Spirits
This watercolour painting, of a Viking boat inside a bottle on a cobble beach, was created specifically for a class that I teach at the Art School of Peterborough. The course is titled "Illustrative Watercolours" and teaches how to leverage props and technology to plan out a specific image and then paint it.


Dwayne James
Watercolour artist Dwayne James lives in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada where he paints as often as he can, that is when he’s not spending time with his young daughter, newborn twin boys, and wife Sarah.

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!”

Dwayne had played with watercolours a little in his life, but it has only been in the last few years that he truly began to experiment and develop his style. An avid paddler and wilderness nut, it’s natural that most of Dwayne’s paintings should reflect this passion.

After spending close to a decade as a corporate drone at IBM, Dwayne opted to look at their Jan 2009 decision to downsize him as an opportunity to pursue painting on a full-time basis. It is a decision that continues to make him giggle with wild abandon to this very day.

Current Residence: Peterborough
Favourite style of art: Watercolour
Personal Quote: Always look for opportunities. It takes very little to turn chances into changes.


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MistiqueStudio Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm so inspired by your story. The same sort of thing happened to me (i.e. downsizing) in May of 2013, and I'm attempting to get back into art-full time again.

Love the artwork AND your writing. Kudos!
dwaynerjames Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Thanks so much MistiqueStudio! Best of luck getting back into it!
ernesin149 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
your work is AWESOME. thanks!!
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