Snow Shadows

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The crazy shadows of spring afternoons!

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Miniature Sunset

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Judy tackled the fiery skies and rosy atmosphere of a winter sunset over the Peace Country, Canada in this watercolour miniature.  Its tiny dimensions are full of wonderful light and colour, just as we see it here in Northern Canada.  Winter is very beautiful and ever changing here.

Watercolour in Jasper Home Base

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Plein Air painting in the mountains in September requires a warm home base for those days when it’s just too cold to be outside.  It’s also a good place to meet and display finished paintings, or to finish paintings after the on site light has changed.  Watercolour in Jasper has studio space at Tekarra Lodge.

Here’s Judy and Carolyn’s set up.  The big windows were great, and we had lots of space on our individual tables.  If you’ve read the blog over the past week, you might recognize some of the places in our paintings: Horseshoe Lake, Jasper Lake, and the Icefield Pass.

Jasper Peaks

Day Three of our plein air painting with Watercolour in Jasper took us along the Icefield Parkway to the realm of mighty mountain peaks and wide open rivers.  We saw many peaks, this being a crisp, sunshiny day, and the morning shadows were incredible.  We appreciated taking a little tour before settling down to paint – once the temperature rose above 0 Celsius.  Others who did paint found that their washes could crystallize as they were laid down.

By the time we settled down at a sunny riverside spot, it was warm enough to paint wearing ski pants and several top layers.  By afternoon, we were down to t-shirts and jeans.  We even enjoyed watching an Australian tourist test the frigid water – without feeling too much empathy to stand!

We did paint several of the peaks.  There were no signs to give their names, though.  The only one I know above is Mount Fryatt in the top right corner.

Photos from Tekarra Lodge

Artists with Watercolour in Jasper stay at Tekarra Lodge just outside of the town of Jasper, Alberta.  It is a beautiful location for an artists’ base: there’s a restaurant, cabins, second floor studio, animals wandering around, but most of all a beautiful landscape just a few footsteps from each building.  Here is the Athabasca River, bathed in evening sunshine.