June 3rd, 2009:
I am in Jasper right now painting up a storm. I was invited by Mountain Galleries to be their artist in residence for a week in Jasper.
It is very beautiful here. I’m enjoying myself a lot. Yesterday I went on an awesome hike at the top of Whistlers Mountain with a full 360degree view – it was incredible.
My ‘en plein air’ paintings are so different from my studio work. I usually paint snow scenes so these spring mountain scapes are full of new colours. Each one has something different I like about it. I can really see what Wendy, the owner of Mountain Galleries in Jasper, Whistler and Banff, meant about colour outdoors as opposed to photos. In my camera the same mountains look grey but in real life they are red and orange, gold, blue and brown… and grey too in spots. ;)
We haven’t had any one-on-one time yet which I’m looking forward to since she is also a successful artist.
Yesterday I took pictures all day from 9am to 10pm. Today I got up at 5:30am!
Here are two ‘en plein air’ paintings I did of the Pyramid Mountain at different times of day from different locations: