After ten years absence I returned to British Columbia. I was tired of winter and wanted to go for a vacation during May to sketch and paint the familiar landscape of Nelson BC and the Kootenay area.
After doing a few paintings I realized how I had never seen British Columbia before painting it. The whole of my landscapes were dominated by variations of green with hardly any dry yellow grass and pink rocks in sight.
Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories speak a completely different language and I was inspired by British Columbia and challenged to paint lush and dominant foliage.
For the entire month of May, 2016, I sat in many nooks and crannies with my easel and painted, and painted, and painted.
At one point I was chased away from my painting materials (and my lunch!) by a bear. Another time I got splashed by a hawk and an eagle fighting over a fish. I found myself rained on numerous times and disappointed as my freshly painted creation melted in the pelting of water drops.
All in all it was a beautiful trip and I am glad to have enjoyed Nelson, my home town and its neighboring cities.
I will be having a show at ARCC in June.
Opening night will be June 16th from 7pm-11pm at ARCC: Old Town at #3 3541 McDonald Drive, right by Great Slave Lake. The show will be up from the 16th until June 26th.
The gallery will be filled up with the En plein Air (paintings done from life) which I completed during my month in Nelson BC.