At the very end of HWY 66 past Bragg Creek is a great little spot in the Shadow of Forgetmenot Mt. beside Little Elbow Campground. I was up there last year to get some reference and came across this happy little scene. Hard tom paint as there is lots of stuff going on. Keeping in mind that these are designed to be sketches.
So after being completely bogged down with life, I have come to realize that getting 30 successive paintings done in a row is not going to happen. So I am going to simply paint 30 on as near a daily basis as I can muster. And in that spirit, I got busy last night and painted a scene which I saw west of the city on 53st. A lovely little wetland that straddled the road. I took the liberty of bringing the mountains closer as the camera as we know, likes to shove everything back as far as it can till you can barely see it. This was about an hour and a half total.
What an amazing experience this has been. After so many years of working in Photoshop professionally, I was able to relinquish control to serendipity, smell the chemistry that made it possible, and feel that magic I felt so long ago. It was 27 years since I stepped into a darkroom and I thank my wife Stephanie for nudging me to go and Diane Bos for being such an inspiration.
I was at the Banff Centre today for a workshop hosted by Diane Bos. A photographic fine artist specializing in pin hole photography. I made a camera from a large gift box and took it out and shot this image. Very cool considering there’s no lens.
Here’s another image from the Waterton Area. It was on a day that I saw a huge herd of Elk in a Valley behind where this shot was taken. I’m not posting over the weekend as I’m busy in a workshop at the Banff Centre but I’ll get back to it on Monday. I’ll probably retake the photo in the morning as it looks a bit wonky under my work light. I think I may trim off the most of the blue at the bottom when I mount the sheet. A bit much I think.
This was from a picture I took while I was down in Waterton. I rode out one morning to see what I could find and came across Spread Eagle Road just a few miles from the park gates towards Pincher Creek. Looked like decent gravel road and the Vstrom is born to ride on this stuff so up I went. After a long windy tour past some gas wells and random cattle, I ended up at the highest point on the journey with this convenient pull out. You can just see the trees over the hill. It was a beautiful spot to get some pics and have a bite and a break. The results are below.