The Icefields

For the last 280 days I have posted on Facebook a painting each day as a brief diversion from the lockdowns and other bad news this year. Neglecting my weblog, I’ll post in the coming days some of my better posts.

Canadian Rockies, 22×28, acrylic on canvas

   Regarded as one of the most stunning alpine drives in the world, Icefields Parkway is an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in the Canadian Rockies.   Also know as Canada Hwy 93, it connects the towns of Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rockies.   With soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys all along the route, every winding curve of the parkway fills the windshield with a new view.  Jaw-dropping vistas of the Rocky Mountains and jagged snow covered peaks dwarf the glaciers in the valleys below.  In addition to the extraordinary views, wildlife such as elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and the occasional bear or wolf are often spotted from the highway. 

   I traveled the Icefields Parkway in the mid-80’s in my RV, and have itched to go back ever since…but never have.  We had lunch at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise during the journey decades ago, and on my bucket list is to return and stay for a few nights.

  Lets leave the troubles of the USA for a moment and go north to Canada with today’s diversion from the bad news.  From the “naujas studijos karantinas” with a painting along this wonderful parkway.  This is one of my older acrylics and depicts the Bow River, but not sure what peak is in the background.

Breakthrough Part 2

Yesterday I started the first in a series of how I learned to paint water. As I mentioned, what took me a week some forty years ago, I now do in an hour or two. Being primarily self-taught this is the second painting I did trying to learn to paint the multiple layers of water.
From the “quarentena de novo estúdio” I completed this around the same time of the work posted yesterday, around 1979. It was from a photo taken on a backpacking trip in the high Sierra. The deer weren’t there, but added them into the scene. Painting in oils, I first did the rocks, then let it dry, and kept glazing and adding layers. It took weeks between the drying and painting process. Now days I have learned how to paint wet into wet and everything can be done in one sitting.
This piece was also given to my parents which they hung in their home for many years, and now I think one of their grandchildren inherited it.
The photo might be a little blurry as it was scanned from a slide, and not sure what happened in the process.