Sometimes, especially with a show coming up, it is difficult to think what to paint! What do people want to see? What makes them stop and look? Well, I still don’t know but I liked JK’s suggestion for me: Dunvegan Bridge at night with northern lights. An inspiring subject doesn’t take long to complete 😃
The Peace River rarely freezes over anymore. Instead, large pancakes of ice lazily swirl downstream. Only when you are right above them can you see how fast they are really going, and hear the shushing noises of slush meeting slush. This is Dunvegan Bridge on the Peace River, painted from a photo taken early this year.
Ah, a step back into summer! Judy’s painting shows the St. Charles Mission at Dunvegan Provincial Park. You are looking up from the river below, catching a hint of the northern lights in the evening sky as dusk creeps into the giant spruces. What a welcome sight this small settlement would have been to a weary canoeist or rafting trader. Things would certainly seem to be looking up.
Today is a beautiful fall day in the Peace Country; similar to the day Judy created in this painting, Fall Flight. The geese know something is shifty about the weather even though the sun is bright and the ground still warm.
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!