Watercolour painting of laundry on clothes lines in a backyard. Two woman are hanging up laundry in the background.
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(Regina Artworks), Undated-1
At the Archway
Living in Regina in the 1940s creates a clear sunny summer day in your mind. When you look at it, the warm wind almost blows through your hair; the familiarity brings a sense of relaxation. This work by Mary Filer, apart from her other Regina artworks in the 1940s, creates an image of nostalgia from the artist and viewers seeing the art. The contrasting colours used with watercolour, and the grayness of the sky reflecting with the bright clothes on the clothesline, create a sense of comfort within the piece.
Why This Piece Was Chosen
The swiftness of Mary Filer’s artwork grasps my eye in every sense. This piece is about how life was in Regina in the 1940s. The bright colours and slick way of her watercolour took my breath away. The undetailed way of her work almost creates a more precise image in your brain. She lets the work speak for itself. The simplistic way of her work brings coolness and a liking to me. The idea that this is a calm summer day brings warmth to the piece and what Mary wanted others to take from her life’s work.