The idea for this painting came about when I was teaching. We were discussing low key and high key paintings. I had started this before when I was at a residency at the Banff Springs Hotel, and then continued on it after my class. It is a quiet painting that reminds me of past hiking and camping trips.
We've worked hard to get to this spot, now it is a time of repose.
Alberta Wetlands36 x 48 Acrylic on Cradled Wood Board
The inspiration for this piece is Lloyd's Park, which is a bit south of where I live. It is a great place to go paint as there are so many different types of birds in the area. This is a studio piece worked up from smaller studies. It has a lot of ultramarine blue, which historically was a pigment more expensive than gold.
I wanted to highlight this colour in this piece--it really should be named after Ultramarine. The pigment's name "beyond the sea" was due to the fact that it was imported to Europe,via Venice , from the mines in Afghanistan. That made it one of the most expensive pigments used by Renaissance painters. Often it was reserved to paint the robes of the Virgin Mary. Now most Ultramarines are manufactured pigments. In order to highlight this colour, I've also built up some areas over silver foil.
This 9 x 12 painting is a plein air piece done on board. It will need a frame before it is ready to hang. Ask the gallery about the frame service they can provide.
This 9 x 12 painting is on panel. It will need a frame before it is ready to hang. Mountain Galleries can offer you this service.
In Fairmont BC there are great hot springs. When we were vacationing there a local guy told us to go behind the pools onto a hiking trail. About ten minutes down the path is a natural pool that has this waterfall.
I did this plein air piece on my birthday.
As my birthday is in March, I can tell you it was really cold. But the colours on this blustery day were beautiful. The Alizerin of the bushes contrasted with the blues and greens of the trees and mountains.
This piece is 9 x 12 on board. It will need to be framed before it is ready to hang. Mountain Galleries can do that for you.