Going out to my dad’s at any time of year will always prove to be a beautiful experience. I love the country, not only is it peaceful but there are so many stunning views in a landscape full of simplistic, delicate, natural beauty.
This is one of those times when the sunset was just so breathtakingly soft yet warm, shining onto the snow, displaying intimate, soft pastel colours contrasted against the naked trees and bushes.
It is so satisfying for me to paint thin layers of paint onto the canvas and see the bounty of life’s blessings come alive.
The new painting that you see below is titled “Trees at Night”; it is done with thick painterly strokes using a palette knife and brushes. Take a close look, the colors are deep and lush, mimicking gems, they are alive with rich, vivid pigments.
There was a flood that caused a lot of damage in Calgary last June. [see link below] One place that is still affected is Bowness Park.
Bowness Park was one of our favorite parks to go to on a weekly basis; they were hit hard by this flood. I was at the park one night while there was still snow on the ground before the flood; I was taking photos of the trees. I shone my headlights into the trees to see what effects it would have in my photos, this painting is inspired from those photos.
I have fond memories of Bowness Park and those times were special to me because it was a place where I could go to have some quiet time. We would often walk the paths and there were sections of the park where we felt as though we were not in the city….almost.
There will be many more paintings to come from the inspiration and impact that Bowness Park had on me and my family.
Painting this yesterday was very freeing for me. I have been in somewhat of a holding pattern lately because I desire to go out and paint but it is not always possible, especially right now with the weather being so cold. Hopefully one day soon I can take the Westy Van out to do some plein air painting from it with the heat on.
Oil on panel
10″ X 12″
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One of my favorite time of year is when the weather is so gorgeous and I get to go outdoors to paint…it’s called Plein Air painting.
I pack up my paints, a lunch and all of my gear and head out usually toward Kananaskis to paint with my painting partner Shirley Adams. It is a lot of work sometimes, but it is sure worth it. I get refreshed and in spite of the wind or the heat of the sun or the bites from bugs…I love it.
Here are some of the paintings from this year, I painted at Spray Lakes West, and CNIB, Glenbow Ranch and a few other places.