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.
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.
The remains of an old railway snow fence still exist just out of town, standing forlorn and picturesque on a winter morning. It is the end of winter, the bright side and the hopeful part of the season. The fence is frosty on the shady face but warm where it greets the sun.
Judy painted this delicate, simple scene that is so familiar to anyone who knows Spirit River.