There’s something so elegant about the contours of unaltered landscape; the undulations, carvings, upthrusts and foldings. This landscape has all of those as the mountains rear themselves up from the flat bed of the plains, each segment carrying it’s very own eco system and micro-climate. How dare we ever think we can “improve” on any of that.
Well, this is officially a “Series”. I just keep wanting to play with this landscape. Today I painted the hillside red, and then let it dry. I then went in with my magc frisket pen and drew into the landscape. Once that was dry I painted over it with the blues and greens, yellows & oranges. Once the resist was removed, there was this batik-like effect. I kinda like the results and I really loved the process.
The little landscape I did a couple of days ago for this blog has continued to haunt me. I kept thinking about it…the rhythm of the strips of yellow trees and undulating hills kept rolling through my head. I wanted to paint it again in a looser more impressionisitic way. So this time I didn’t do a drawing and I only allowed myself a flat brush, and I tried to do the minimum of layering. Turns out it looks pretty much like the first one! No matter what I do, I seem to do what I do!!
I spent a beautiful morning painting on the hillside above the buildings at Echodale this summer. What a lovely old white barn, of the style built around here about 100 years ago. There are still quite a few of these around the countryside, but not many are as well-preserved as this one. The spectacular setting of the S. Saskatchewan River valley doesn’t hurt either.
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This weekend was a celebration with my classmates of our graduation from nursing school many years ago (not saying how many!) We met in Banff and had 3 days of catching up and enjoying the last days of September in one of the most beautiful towns anywhere in the world. I always like to check out the back roads, so today I took “The Cowboy Trail” from Turner Valley to Chain Lakes and then cut across country to home, gathering fabulous visuals and visits with even more friends. It took all day, so no painting…. Instead, this photo, taken about 25 miles west of Nanton, of Chain Lakes and the Porcupine Hills stretching up to the Rockies.
OK this is 4 times the size of my dailies, but this is what you get today…the creek just below my house on a beautiful spring evening. There’s that magic prairie sky, sun low on the horizon giving colours and contrast that just sings with life. Who says there’s nothing to look at on the prairie?
10 X 14″ om 200 lb paper
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Having spent time this week with Charlie Russell’s watercolours and his recording of the vast herds of antelope, deer and bison, I really appreciated seeing Porter’s buffalo on the sagebrush flat near Walsh today on my way to Maple Creek. They look so congruent in this landscape, and loving native grasslands and wildlife as I do, this sight totally made my day.
Beautiful, snake-savvy and smart, she knows my vehicle, her white blazed face following every move till I deliver the cookies, or mints or special senior horse feed (her winter treat). Or even just a good belly rub. It’s been a great summer for the horses; lots of grass, beautiful calm sunny weather and best of all….very few bugs!
I’m still down here in the SW corner of the province, lucky me, and this rugged old set of corrals with it’s breath-taking backdrop was one of the sights we passed on our way to Police outpost Lake yesterday. It’s been such a great year for rain, and the pastures and meadows are still knee deep in grass and wildflowers.
There are some tell-tale signs though that summer’s days are numbered, as time and the seasons roll on.