These are two of Judy’s alcohol ink creations now on display in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. The colours are very bright and pure, making these quite striking pieces. They are painted on 6 x 6 ceramic tiles and framed in shadow boxes.
I’m still on the human figures kick and I jokingly boasted that I would take a photo of a busy street in Edinburgh off the fridge and draw every single person in the picture. I didn’t promise buildings. Two weeks later I sat down to do some simple silhouettes of people, using the photo as an example. Somehow I started drawing the buildings, then filling in some of the people… finally I gave in and admitted I was aiming for a full painting. I am happy with the loose background and anonymous people (I tell myself to let them be, not add detail, but that rarely happens), but I do like the brothers being more defined and actually recognizable. After all, they are the only part of the painting that I know personally, and the difference between them and everything else makes them stand out as the important features they are.
This was also a fascinating lesson in perspective. I tried it with the photo: the lines don’t just line up with a single vanishing point at the bottom of the road. Is it because the road descends, so the buildings are all stacked at a different height?
Judy’s plein air painting of Kleskun Hills was done from the top of a hill overlooking the park. She hauled art supplies up the trail and sat out in the elements until she’d captured the view, like a dedicated painter should.
The Kleskun Hills, an unusual outcropping of badlands, melds with the usual northern Alberta landscape. The tiny ecosystem of sandy soil and desert-like plants survives despite visitors climbing all over the hills. In days past, there were organized fossil hunting picnics for the locals, who would park at the base of the hills. Now the site is better known for the campground, picnic site and museum.
This is the first painting I’ve done in the new studio, after organizing and before renovating. It is a lovely place to work, especially on a hot summer’s day. I was inspired by the amazing clouds we’ve been getting lately, although the foreground is more reminiscent of our time in Scotland. I find that it doesn’t really matter what it is, exactly; I’ve achieved a feeling of freedom and possibility that hopefully bodes well for my future time in the studio!
Judy visited the jewel of the Pine Pass, a small lake surrounded by green mountains and rain forest like foliage. Here is her painting from this most recent trip. These waters and every tree along side have been well known to us for about 26 years.
Judy went on a holiday to the mountains of Northern British Columbia, a land clear water, thick forests and ever-changing skies. She found a couple of opportunities to sit outside and paint for a while, coming up with some beautiful scenes that are already sent to the Dawson Creek Gallery’s Members Show. Here’s Pine River:
I’m going on a paint out this fall and I need to practice! Not that I’m liable to be brave enough to paint the other artists at work, but you never know. If I keep working on figure drawing, the confidence might just be there in three months. However, this painting was done using masking fluid and pouring paint, so it was far more practical to work indoors.
The colours are a little off. I took the picture under warm studio lights and somehow the pure cobalt in the trees is showing up as purple. Also, I fixed the face on the man in red. Well, I changed it. I’m not sure it is really improved.