the park

LIMITED WATERCOLOUR SERIES

As a great-granddaughter of Ralph Bice, I always feel at home when in Algonquin Park. I knew my great-grandpa as a funny old man who told ridiculous stories about ducks flying away with frozen lakes! Through his stories he passed on his deep love of conservation and nature.

Now this limited series shares my love of “The Park.” Each scene is an original, signed watercolour painting, inspired by my portages in Algonquin Park.

4×6 watercolours

5×7 watercolours
Canadian Ontario Algonquin paintings landscape flora fauna watercolours Heather Castles
5×7 greeting cards
originals… NOT PRINTS

I love the tactile feel of art, so offer this collection exclusively as original paintings. You will not find these pieces mass produced or sold as prints. They are not serialized because while they are similar, each is unique.  Just down-to-earth paint & pencil on paper.


Where can you find them?

This July, my framed paintings and greeting cards are available exclusively at Nostalgia Antiques in Kearney, the biggest little town in Ontario! The adorable shop is a converted church tucked away in town… worth a little detour on your way in or out of the park’s western entrance near Rain Lake. Quantities are limited.

If a road trip up North is not in your near future, don’t fret, I will be listing a small number of pieces from “The Park limited watercolour series” in my online shop.

Canadian Ontario Algonquin paintings landscape flora fauna watercolours Heather Castles

work in progress

This was the first in this series, done quickly in watercolour on paper. Has been fun painting these, as each time I choose different trees to study, different shapes and textures, and treat the reflections in different ways. I like to paint quickly as it forces me to paint loosely.

Painted at Scarlett Point, Kearney, Ontario (June 2021)

This is something new for me, filming while painting. I’ve uploaded several videos of my watercolours from The Park collection, sped up so you don’t have to watch the paint dry for as long as I did!


Canadian Ontario Algonquin paintings landscape flora fauna watercolours Heather Castles

care for your artwork

If you have purchased one of my pieces, I have a few tips for caring for original watercolours. Keep them out of direct sunlight (or they will fade) and display in a dry place (or they may get mildewy). If reframing, be sure the watercolours do not sit against the glass surface, as the pencil can rub off and smudge into the watercolours over time. Do not handle the watercolours with dirty fingers or it may leave oils and smudges. Other than that, enjoy!