I’m getting ready for this weekend’s Oxford Studio Tour, and have now framed some more of my work that I just recently finished. I thought I’d put the ones I have done of Jasper National Park, Canada, all together (except for the one that sold, and the one that is being juried for a show) in this post even though one of them (the last one in this post) has been featured before in my Happy Holidays message.
This first piece is of a view from our hike along the Maligne Canyon. I don’t mention the name of the canyon in the title because this particular scene doesn’t really give you an idea of the depth and narrowness of most of the canyon. I just really liked it. I actually struggled with the title for a while, and finally settled on Canyon Creation, Jasper, because I think it shows how the canyon is at least partially created by the water flowing through the gaps in the rock, carving out potholes and other interesting features. This one is done on gesso-coated paper, (Strathmore Aquarius II 80 lb paper that I coated with Liquitex gesso), so it looks a little different from the other two, which are done on cold-press Arches bright white 140 lb paper.
The next one is of Pyramid Mountain, which was my favourite mountain in Jasper because of all the colours of rock, and the sort of diamond-shapes formed by the rock. I just found it really pretty. We did the Pyramid Mountain hike on our first full day in Jasper, and were lucky it wasn’t quite as smoky from the forest fires in BC that day as it was on other days. Beautiful hike, even though we went in a direction we didn’t at first intend to! This is the same hike that had the birch trees you can see in my previous post Hopeful Ventures.
This one is of Fourth Lake, one of the lakes the Valley of the Five Lakes, which we also hiked on our first full day in Jasper. Lots of beauty along that hike too! And the lakes really change colour depending on which direction you are looking. See my post titled ‘A watercolour inspired by this summer’s trip to Jasper’ for more about the hike and another painting which is already sold.
All three of these, along with many more of my paintings and my digital art, are available at my gallery in Otterville. I hope if you’re in the area you’ll consider coming out to see them in person this weekend during the 11th Annual Oxford Studio Tour. Maybe you need a little bit of art on your walls!