Judy’s Jasper Collection

Our art retreat with Watercolour in Jasper was a wonderful watercolour experience, and one that brought some great results.  Here are some of Judy’s en plein air paintings from the locations we visited:

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Judy’s Jasper Retreat

Our Jasper Watercolour Retreat with Watercolour in Jasper was a real treat!  We very much enjoyed the mountains, the painting and the people!  It will be an experience to remember forever, and the best souvenirs are those we made ourselves.  Here are some of Judy’s en plein air paintings from Horseshoe Lake:

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Jasper Retreat Results

Our retreat with Watercolour in Jasper was great fun and hard work.  We painted and thought about painting and talked about painting for more than average work day hours every day.  Analyzing landscape shapes and colour, organizing important and unimportant features and figuring out an approach to reproducing what we saw was intense.  Each day brought new challenges, but each day we were armed with the experience of the day before.  It was a rewarding experience, and one that brought decent results!  Check out some of Carolyn’s finished pieces below:

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.