So here is my 15th painting of 30. It was from a shot taken while heading through Southern Alberta. For those of you who have driven highway 3 or more commonly known as the Crowsnest Trail, past the rocky tomb of The Frank Slide (yes, there was a town under all that rock) and then through Coleman on your way to Crowsnest lake and the B.C. border, you will have seen one of the most majestic mountains in the, oddly named, Crowsnest Pass. You’ll never guess what it’s called… Crowsnest Mountain. Standing 2785m, it is the highest of the peaks which form the panorama – Seven Sisters mountain can be seen just behind it to the north. It attracted a rather famous British mountaineer named Edward Whymper, who was the first to climb the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Whymper was unable to successfully put this feather in his cap and the first ascent went to Tom Wilson in 1904 (Wilson was the first white man to set eyes on Lake Louise).

The painting took me about three hours to complete and again, delves into some experimental brushwork that looks half OCD and half too much Gin. But I have to say, I am really enjoying the strange feeling of expressing the way something makes me feel and interpreting what I’m seeing rather than mimicking it.

Grant Waddell Oil on Canvas

Crowsnest Mountain
Oil on Canvas

One comment on “15/30

  1. Deb says:

    I think it quite cool how you are playing with the paint at the moment. It is a departure from replicating a photograph.


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