Outside! My word for 2019
As I look back on a year of painting, gardening and greenhouse work, I feel blessed to have hiked, paddled and explored some beautiful landscapes with amazing groups of artists and with family. Most recently, I met with a new group of watercolor artists of the International Watercolor Society, Canada branch. A few of us Edmonton region members were able to gather for the first time for a fair weather October paint-out at Elk Island National Park.
Jasper Watercolor Retreat
I am so falling in love with Jasper National Park. And it helps that a great group of watercolor artists with the Jasper Watercolour Retreat Society keep getting together for plein air painting every fall (and they meet in spring). I love hanging out on the beautiful Athabasca, Snaring and Whirlpool Rivers. And I'm getting to know Jasper's hidden gem creeks and mountain peaks. This year it was pretty cold, but we still had some wonderful sessions. It helps that we have a cosy indoor painting space at Tekarra Lodge too.
Beauty in Winter
This landscape is inspired by the natural prairie settings where I live. Riverlot 56 Ski Trail celebrates the beautiful low winter light and the crisp fresh shadows that unfold under an Alberta sky. So happy this painting found a very good home as soon as it was framed.