The watercolor paper for this painting was prepared with a base of gesso. I like to apply watercolors to this surface as I can move the paint around, and create the natural relaxed feeling I wanted for this piece. I painted the cottage en plein air in historic Columbia, California. The house has been around since the early gold rush days. It sits next to the old fire house with its hose-drying tower. I found this backyard scene in the old town to be a charming subject.

This piece is on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display. 

- Catherine McCargar

Heart of the Mother Lode

Watercolor painting on paper

Signed on front

14" h x 20" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Getting to Know Catherine

Catherine McCargar created her first work of art at five years old, a snowman drawn on blue construction paper. A group of artists invited her to try plein air painting and she fell in love. In her eyes, “the time spent composing and recording in the open air is invaluable to breathe life into a painting.” Catherine currently lives in California and loves tending her garden and being creative in the kitchen when she’s not painting. Fun fact: she occasionally writes stories for her granddaughter with accompanying ink drawings; she recently wrote a series called “Baby Owl Learns to Fly.”