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:


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.


Finally Finished


It took a long time to paint this one as opposed to a landscape.  I found the composition much trickier than usual because each leaf, bird and branch could direct the eye.  It makes for a more active, chaotic image than a nice peaceful landscape, but there is certainly plenty to look at.  I enjoyed the contrast between the loose background and the very exact birds.  This piece will probably be call Warmth and Light or something along those lines.