Spring Crossing

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.

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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.

Hard Luck Canyon

20 kilometres south of Whitecourt, Alberta is a hidden gem for picnickers, walkers, and those who like to play in creeks.  Hardluck Canyon is an unexpected beauty spot just a short walk from the parking lot.DSCF0372.jpg

The view from the top is beautiful (in the picture you can’t see the waterfall you cross over).  The tree and cliffs are too big to fit in the camera’s view but the framing of the scene is perfect.  Steep stairs will take you down to the creek for a splash in the swimming hole and a better view of the waterfall.  There is also some interesting art carved into the soft rock:

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Not that I recommend scratching up a beautiful natural area, but is nice to see that some people received inspiration enough to move beyond “I wuz here”, “T + L” or other short words requiring limited effort and spelling ability.