PWS Christmas Party

The Peace Watercolour Society has been enjoying a Christmas get-together for decades.  It involves a yummy potluck supper, a good discussion of all things watercolour, and a card exchange.  That way, not only are we inspired to paint a card, we get an original watercolour from one of our peers!

This year Judy’s card was inspired by a local scene, the Spirit River itself.  The deep blues of the shadowy riverbed look peaceful and mysterious.  Whose tracks are those? What goes on down there where nobody goes?

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Dunvegan in January

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The Peace River rarely freezes over anymore.  Instead, large pancakes of ice lazily swirl downstream.  Only when you are right above them can you see how fast they are really going, and hear the shushing noises of slush meeting slush.  This is Dunvegan Bridge on the Peace River, painted from a photo taken early this year.

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.

Skipping Out

Four of us have been working very hard to get our painting, framing, and cataloguing finished for our show.  It is difficult to work in the basement when the sun is shining full force… especially when we hear that snow is coming on the weekend!  On Sunday we just had to skip out for an adventure 🙂  We had a look at Many Islands campsite west of Worseley, then Carter’s Camp west of Hines Creek.  Here’s the road down to Carter’s Camp.  We also had to ford a stream.  It was a satisfying trip, especially since we were avoiding work 😉DSCF9447.jpg