One of our favourite destinations in Northern B.C. is Bijoux Falls, near Mackenzie. It’s a three tier waterfall, at least, but it is a slippery climb through some steep drop offs to get to the upper tiers. Safest to stay behind the fence… although someone had a sense of humour and a creative brain. We did visit the upper falls and got wet through for a reward. It’s hard to complain about leafy water when one enjoys the waterfall mist!
At Morfee Lake in Mackenzie, Northern B.C., the swallows were fascinating. They were very busy, skimming low over the lake and returning to chatter in the dead tree on a point of land extending far into the lake. They are very attractive blue and green birds. Two babies huddled together, desperate for a nap and bothered by the melee of adult family members.
Our chosen destination for the first paint out of the year was the Kleskun Hills, a geological anomaly just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. It is the site of the northernmost badlands in Alberta (maybe in Canada, I’ll check). The flora, fauna and soil is very different from the expected. Besides the hills, the place features vistas of farmland, distant hills and even the Rockies, a forested campground and a museum full of pioneer buildings and equipment. There was plenty to photograph and paint.
Judy’s paint pouring demonstration shows that you don’t have to hang up your brush if you use the paint pouring technique. Here, she poured first but added a lot of detail using her skill with a brush. It makes for a detailed, yet glowing painting with beautiful colour and contrast.
Pouring paint is a fun technique where the painting goes really fast because you literally pour on the pigment! However, there is a lot of drawing and filling in with masking fluid… which means major thinking and planning ahead. This painting shows some of my learning process, including finding out that my blue paint would granulate, but not reliably! Compare the right side with the left: the right granulated with the red while the left did not.
It seems like spring was ages ago! You don’t often hear that in May in Northern Alberta, but here we are sitting in the heat, wishing for that slow spring warming with the relief of cool nights. This picture was taken May 4th, when the green was just beginning to creep back into the landscape.