Emily Carr, Sunshine and Tumult

Emily Carr believed that her purpose as an artist was to reveal the spiritual energy present in nature. Her struggle to convey a sense of movement and energy in the landscape was finally achieved when she developed the method and materials necessary to her artistic aspirations. She began painting on cheap manila paper with white house paint that she tinted and thinned with turpentine. This technique gave her the transparency and fluidity of working in watercolours while preventing the colours from bleeding or floating on the paper. It also allowed her to work more spontaneously in nature, capturing her response to her surroundings in gestural and inspired images of the British Columbia forest.
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