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Ellen Kappes' Lively Watercolor Paintings

A watercolor painting of a row of trees in front of a body of waterKing's Point at high tide, watercolor


Ellen Kappes creates delicate yet lively watercolor paintings in blue and green hues. As subject matter, the artist favours landscapes, rendering lush green trees in daubed brush marks over deep blue washes as oceans.

A watercolor painting of trees overlooking a body of waterOtter Point surf, watercolor


I like the way that the artist utilizes the medium of watercolor – Ellen doesn’t try to force the thin paint into fine details, but rather runs with the slightly blurred, soft-edged aesthetic necessitated by the dispersed pigment and flowing water. At the same time, she manages to maintain strong color saturation. Her tones never seem overly washed out, and the subtler, dilute tones always serve a purpose within the image. 

The front page of Ellen Kappes' art

 Ellen’s silkscreens are almost the opposite, aesthetically speaking. It’s fascinating to see the artist using a lot of the same subject matter in these works, interpreting it in a delightfully different style. Her silkscreens are hard-edged, graphic, and modern. Ellen’s portfolio serves as a testament to the way that an artistic interpretation can change one’s view and recollection of a space.

A screen printed image of a seaside houseisland view, silkscreen

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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