A Good Match

At first I thought my painting looked a bit green and maybe a little gloomy.  Then I set it up for a direct comparison… hmm.  Pretty close!

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If you look carefully through the raindrops you might be able to see the wedding arch on the grass.  Fake flowers (not melted in the rain) on the steps of a couple of ladders and a plank between them made a simple and, as it turned out, very hardy decoration.  I do hope the wedding was over though!

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Scenes From the Mountains

The Pine Pass in British Columbia, Canada, is one gorgeous view after another.  Here are some of the things we saw on our two day excursion.

B.C. is very lush: it rains all the time!  But it pays off in rainbows, cloudscapes, clear water and the sweet scent of spruce in the summer.

Bijoux Falls

One of our favourite destinations in Northern B.C. is Bijoux Falls, near Mackenzie.  It’s a three tier waterfall, at least, but it is a slippery climb through some steep drop offs to get to the upper tiers.  Safest to stay behind the fence… although someone had a sense of humour and a creative brain.  We did visit the upper falls and got wet through for a reward.  It’s hard to complain about leafy water when one enjoys the waterfall mist!

Brothers in Edinburgh

Brothers in Edinburgh

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?

Plein Air Watercolour

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:

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Paint Out at Kleskun Hills

Our chosen destination for the first paint out of the year was the Kleskun Hills, a geological anomaly just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta.  It is the site of the northernmost badlands in Alberta (maybe in Canada, I’ll check).  The flora, fauna and soil is very different from the expected. Besides the hills, the place features vistas of farmland, distant hills and even the Rockies, a forested campground and a museum full of pioneer buildings and equipment.  There was plenty to photograph and paint.

Here are some of the sights at Kleskun Hills:

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