This 12-year-old is painting Canada in watercolour and it’s beautiful

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-05-24 06:00

Paintings began as remedy for lockdown boredom

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Carter Noseworthy


Halifax, Nova Scotia



Claim to fame

Although lockdown has been rough for many Canadians, some are finding that the experience can add colour to their lives.

That’s certainly been the case for Carter Noseworthy, a Halifax boy who took time in lockdown to teach himself watercolour painting.

Carter started learning the art form only a month ago and he’s already made enough paintings — mostly of buildings from across Canada — to build a paper city

A watercolour painting Carter made for his mom on Mother’s Day of the first house she built in Barrie, Ontario. (Image submitted by Colleen Wade Noseworthy)

From boredom to technicolour

About a month ago, Carter was looking for a way to fend off lockdown boredom.

He decided to give watercolour painting a try.

It’s a type of painting that uses pigment mixed with water to create very liquid paint, which has a light, pastel quality when applied to paper.

After a bit of experimentation, Carter started painting different buildings from all over Atlantic Canada.

Carter’s painting of the famous lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia. (Image submitted by Colleen Wade Noseworthy)

“You can easily do it anywhere you are. You can go to buildings downtown and it's very relaxing to do at home. I really enjoy it,” he said.

One of Carter’s first pieces was of St. Patrick's Church in St. John's, Newfoundland, where his grandparents got married.

He sent it to them as a gift, and said they were ”very impressed.”

A painting of St. Patrick’s Church in St. John’s, Newfoundland, where Carter’s grandparents were married. (Image submitted by Colleen Wade Noseworthy)

His mom has been equally impressed.

“To see him construct an image in sometimes under 30 minutes, and then paint it in about five more minutes, it's just kind of mind-blowing for me ... I think it's a gift,” she said.

Sharing the gift with the world

Carter decided to start sharing his works online so that other people can enjoy his creations.

He’s already started getting some commissions.

Carter’s painting of the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, which he says is one of his favourite places to visit. (Image submitted by Colleen Wade Noseworthy)

His tip for other kids wanting to try it out?

“Watercolour, you can be really fluent with it. Just do whatever you picture and it'll turn out great.”

Carter has dreams of being an architect one day.

With files from Brooklyn Currie/CBC News
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Image submitted by Colleen Wade Noseworthy

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