Painting En Plein Aire

In the summer of 2013 I spent two weeks painting in the Crowsnest Pass.  My goal was to gather as much information as I could, in that time span, to bring back to my studio for some big-time painting.  So each day, after a hearty breakfast and cranked up on a couple of cups of coffee, I headed out the door with my paints and faithful companion, Shadow.  I didn’t always know where I would paint that day, but drove down unfamiliar roads until the inevitable incredible view popped up around a corner.  Most times I sketched in my book and sometimes I produced a small pen and watercolour, but each day I started some works in acrylic. Sometimes I lasted until 2 or 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  After I would head back for lunch and a quick break, and then work on my pieces indoors while they were still fresh in my head.  By supper time I was ready to put my feet up for the day and enjoy a glass of red wine – well deserved, I thought!

Painting outdoors is a joy when the weather was as beautiful as it was this August.  It is so easy to get lost in the peace and quiet, the incredible Alberta landscape and the paint.

While I have finished many of the works I started on in the Crowsnest, I still have a lot of paintings to complete.  Enjoy the pictures of my trip!