After the Rain painted in 1883 is a good example of Watson's art. Like most of his mature work, this painting is a piece of refined and careful craftsmanship showing careful attention to detail. This painting has a photographic-like quality. Watson's aim seemed to be to create a near exact image of the countryside, as one might today with a camera. In terms of colour, Watson made considerable use of greens and browns, creating a sedate feel to his work. The painting itself, like many of Watson's paintings, depicts a country scene in the vicinity of Doon, his home town. It is a picture of a farm after a rainfall. Looking at this painting, we can see the plowed field, note the fences in the middle background, and see that the trees in the field have been cleared to make way for farming
Please click here to read the entire article on the Mount Allison University website.