This watercolour was based on a couple of old photos of my Grandfather coming to the Peace Country. That’s him in the red coat. I’m not sure why the wagon wasn’t loaded. They wouldn’t have arrived in the spring during the thaw; perhaps this was an expedition rather than a challenge on the settlement trail. The second photo was of the horses pulling up on the near side of the river. So they made it and continued on with whatever their business was.
The painting was done using Moonglow, except for the red coat. I like the monochrome but I also like the way Krieghoff used bright red so sparingly and so eye-catchingly.
One winter morning an orange hue was cast over the whole view. It was particularly striking in combination with the boxcars lined up just outside town. The colours and perspective held great promise for a painting. A few years later, here’s the result, almost finished.
We had a fast and furious hail storm last night. Supper got a little burnt as we all went to look at the weather. It was sudden, noisy and dark but even before the ice fall stopped the sun was out and a rainbow was shining across the sky. I don’t have a picture of the rainbow yet because I took a “real” picture of it.
We spent two lovely days at Fort Dunvegan Historical Site on the Peace River, Alberta. We roasted bannock, toured historic buildings, listened to the Grande Prairie and District Pipes and Drums, played old fashioned carnival games and had rides on horse drawn carts. Happy (belated) Canada Day!