Bowness Plein Air…

My good friend Barbara Amos and I headed down to Bowness Park there for a bit of painting therapy. We wandered around for about a half an hour looking for spots around the lagoon but were surprised to see that the paths around the lagoon was still closed from the great flood of 2013. The next logical spot was the river and as we navigated our way around the families barbecuing  and playing bocci, we settled on a spot near a small spit of land that jutted out into the water affording swimmers some protection. Barbara found a spot about 50’ upstream from me and I ended up here. We had about an hour of light and I had to work quickly to get the rough shapes in before the sun set. As I worked a few people came over to stand behind me and watch me place the last few strokes before I had to call it quits. I’m pretty pleased with this one. I have a love hate relationship with rocks as I’ve found them difficult to capture. But I discovered that by simply letting go and “painting” and not over thinking the subject, it just went down kinda naturally. A successful sketch!


Day 12/30…

So here’s my day 12 sketch. It was from a pic I took while on a weekend trip to Kootenay Park Lodge – a beautiful part of the world along one of my favourite stretches of highway between castle Junction and Radium in the south west corner of BC. I rented a little rustic cabin and toured on the motorcycle looking for inspiration. I went into Radium one day to get some gas and realized I didn’t have my wallet. Radium is about 67km away and I made the trip there, back to KPL, and back to Radium on fumes. My bike has more range than I thought. 🙂

Beside the lodge is this beautiful stretch of the Kootenay River that I have driven by for decades but oddly never stopped. This was the inspiration for the trip. It has the most beautiful blue water and meanders lazily along the rocky banks and oddly, this is the only spot that looks like this. After snapping a few pics the light changed and I sat on edge and became very peaceful.

KPL Cabin

Grant Waddell Oil Painting

Vermillion Crossing 8.5×11 Oil on Canvas