Discovering Landscapes

I knew that moving to a new part of Alberta would inspire changes in both the subjects I chose to paint and my style, though I didn't know how.  If you've followed my journey, you probably know that the bulk of my paintings have been portraits of either humans or animals.  To some degree, that is still the case.  However, I'm beginning to find the joy in painting landscapes.

Just before leaving Fort McMurray, Heather and I did a walk in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, exploring the burnt forest.  This one blackened tree stump jumped out to me.  I couldn't get it out of my head, so I put it on canvas.

A client asked me to paint a forest scene with a cabin in the background and bench in the foreground, based on an amazing photograph taken by her three year old daughter.  A few years ago, I might have balked at this kind of request.  As soon as it came in, this photograph grabbed me and I couldn't wait to bring it to life.

Early one morning, I snapped a photograph deep inside the Old MacLeod Trail that runs between the two hills that sit behind our property.  The light was streaming in early in the day, giving it such a mystical quality.  I decided to paint this one on a larger canvas to see what would happen.  After getting it started, I decided to do a time lapse video of the second third of the journey.

While you may not notice at first, the painting still has a few of my "magic" colours, usually found in all of my paintings.

It's important to me that in exploring landscapes I try to express the natural world using my unique voice.  In other words, I want you to be able to see my style in the finished product.  It will fun to see where this intention takes me.


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