Between all the trips and plein air painting, packing and unpacking, driving to far away places, the heat and the cold and carrying the gear--sometimes its a relief to be out on the deck with a couple of flowers, just smusching the paint around.
"Athabasca River", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
Because of the forest fire in the Maligne Valley in Jasper that started the week were painting there, Jeanne Edwards and I decided to leave Jasper early and spend a day driving down the Jasper-Banff Highway. It is 144 miles between Jasper and Lake Louise and has been described as one of the most scenic highways in the world. Early on during the day we stopped at a spot along the river to do our final painting for the trip. It was beautiful and cool in the early morning air and a perfect spot with an amazing view of the mountain behind the river.
"Edith Cavell, Sketch", 10 x 10 In, Oil on Museum Board
At the end of our second painting day in Jasper, at the foot of Mt. Edith Cavell, I was tired! I had done one painting facing the mountain and one facing the other direction. But I wanted to do one more! This very fast sketch of Mount Edith Cavell was the result: one of those impetuous and "pray the devil-may-care painting gods will be with me!" And after 20 minutes or so, I just said, "put it in the box and for heaven's sake, don't look at it!" But when I do look at it now, this magnificent mountain and the story of Edith Cavell come back to me.
"Pyramid Mountain", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board
This was my first painting in Jasper National Park last week and it was painted close to where were were staying at Patricia Lake. We had beautiful weather, but by the end of the week an intense forest fire in the Maligne Valley filled the valley around Jasper with haze. Because of the weather, there was little snow on the mountains, but the color of this mountain was beautiful with its reddish rock.
"View from Mt. Baker Road", 10 x 12 In, Oil on Museum Board, Plein Air
We stopped at a sharp bend on the winding road up to Artist Point at Mt. Baker. The view to the Southeast was of Mt. Shuksan. The view more to the North was this one and I tried to figure out the names of the peaks by looking at the map when I got home. If anybody knows, I'd love to hear.