I’m feeling the cold. When I go outside I feel it gnawing at my bones and the sinew that hold those bones together. It’s not a pleasant feeling but one that comes with living in a part of that world that tilts annoyingly away from the sun for a good portion of the year. The one benefit of where we live is that that very sun sits in a brilliant blue sky free of cloud overtop a dull gray landscape. It penetrates the darkest room bouncing it’s way into every nook and every cranny and you can feel the heat, where it’s allowed to gather free of the cold north wind.
I am reminded of when we lived in Vancouver and winters were considerably different. It rained or more accurately, drizzled or even more accurately misted a good portion of the time. Oh yes, it was green and mild, but also came with its own gray dank dullness that blocked that beautiful sun. It’s as if the landscape was flipped over. The gray on top and the color below. An umbrella was almost pointless as the whole idea of an umbrella is that it provides protection from “falling” rain – a concept that is lost on mist. And cold? Oh yes, it was sometimes very cold. I don’t care what anyone says, damp cold is real. It slithers like a snake down through any opening and finds the warmest spots to curl up in.
In Vancouver, in the rain, I was glad to be inside. In Calgary in -25? I’m glad to be inside as well.
The difference? – I don’t have all the lights on.
I think I’ll go paint.
I started this painting of a gravel road southwest of town, and I was going to do it in my usual way. Try and stay loose and free and let it flow out. Well… I did let it flow and stayed loose but I also let my head go for a walk and just painted. Colours where I normally wouldn’t use them, shapes that were more emotional than representational. More feel and less think resulted in something that looks pretty tight which is not what I expected. I peeled the tape off after giving it a couple of hours and smiled – not necessarily because I thought it was great, but because it was different.
Crisp October Road
Oil on Canvas
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.
Oil on Canvas
Yes, it’s been a bloody long winter. This was shot just outside of Waterton Nation Park in Southern Alberta. One of the most beautiful places on the earth. The clouds on this day were striking and were begging to be shot. I spotted this small stand of trees alone on the hill and, with the dramatic sky behind, I couldn’t resist. I love trees and plan to do a series on them.
I had the good fortune of being able to try out the wonderful user friendly Pentax 645D over the weekend. It has a 40 megapixel back built in and is weather sealed. For a camera that looks pretty chunky, it feels great in the hand and very large bright display and amazing image quality. Here’s an in depth review on Luminous-Lanscape.
Another oil painting from my Thursday class. A little over two hours. Needs more work but don’t we all 🙂
At the office, we have an old wooden window that overlooks the forest in Bragg Creek where I have an office. This was the pattern of frost that was on the lower pane. A beautiful ice crystal forest that seemed to mimic it’s counterpart outside.