Rural Missouri - May 2011 - (Page 8)

Jim Peters' Passion Above: Washington artist Jim Peters painted all four of Missouri’s covered bridge historic sites. This one is Sandy Creek bridge. Below: Baling straw was the subject of this painting. Life becomes art from the brushes of this artist by Jim McCarty jmccarty@ruralmissouri.coop and the subject he’s working on, the medium making the colors flow could be something strange. C alling the color flowing from Jim Peters paintbrush “watercolor” might be a misnomer. Depending on his whimsy This Washington artist might be loading his brush with milk like he did for a painting of a cat lapping up spilled milk. Or it could be some form of alcohol, including beer, wine, whiskey or gin. If there’s a storm raging in the background, he might be painting with rainwater. Or if he’s illustrating the storied Missouri River flowing past Washington’s historic riverfront, he might use water from the river itself. Sometimes the unusual liquids Washington • uids have flowed from his brush. “Anything that is water soluble, I’m going to paint with it,” says Jim. “I think it means more to people. I did a commission for an old stone house and I thought, ‘I’m going to go out there and get some water from their creek and I’ll paint with that.’” The odd liquids are another way Jim adds realism to scenes that often stress high levels of accuracy not normally found in watercolors. A case in point is his mule painting. Jim spent as much time on the harness as he did on the rest of the portrait. “Every strap has to make sense,” he says of the painting. “You have to do it right and I didn’t. Some old guys who saw it told me you never cut the ears off a mule.” photo by Jim McCarty Jim works in watercolors and has recently been experimenting with using other liquids, including beer, wine, tea, coffee, melted snow, river water and milk, in his paint. His works run the gamut from nostalgic pieces to farm scenes and wildlife. 8 don’t work that well. Jim once painted a picture of a barn with a Pepsi sign on it, using soda for the sign. “I wanted to put a heavier coat on,” he recalls. “The darker parts I had to give more paint. It got shiny because of the sugar, I think. I did another one with 7-Up or Sprite, that works better.” Pond water, salt water from the Gulf of Mexico, snow melted from his driveway, coffee or tea, even holy water brought from a cathedral in Canada — these and many more liq- WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP Jim admits some of his paintings take realism a little too far. A recent work showing Alaskan fishermen turned into a major ordeal when he added every strand of rope in the nets. “I don’t know when to stop,” he says. “I just keep working and working and working. I tell the whole story too much. You can’t put everything out there. You’ve got to leave a little mystery.” It’s hard to classify Jim’s art. He’s “brought the outdoors in” as his brochures proclaim with wildlife art ranging from wild turkeys to antelope in Yellowstone National Park. He’s done http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2011

Rural Missouri - May 2011
Table of Contents
Comments
Columns
Jim Peters’ Passion
Help & Hope
Twist of Fate
Mail Bag
Shoot Like a Pro
Out of the Way Eats
Aircraft From Another Era
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The Pared-Down House
Marketplace
Around Missouri
Neighbors
Just4Kids

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