a quick visit to Jasper

Last week my friend Robin and I got up early and went to Jasper for the day to do some drawing. It was just after the cold snap, a few days of minus-thirty-with-the-windchill type days, but was forecasted to warm up later that day. It did, but the wind through the valley where we did most of our drawing was brutally cold and difficult to take pictures in. Thankfully the sun was out and the roadside pullouts were clear of snow and ice, so we were able to park in the sunshine and draw safely and comfortably in my car.

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Due to limited space and time during our little day trip, I waited to colour these in in the studio at home.

The wind wasn't too bad in the trees, so we did get some good photos when we pulled off at the air field, and when we visited the upper part of Maligne Canyon. 

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I tried out the monochromatic instax film on my classic mini. It shoots really nice, and makes the photos look like something you pilfered from the archives. I'm thinking of ways to translate these wonderful images into black & white acrylic paintings.

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I'm planning a few more drawing adventures in the next few weeks; one to the Muttart Conservatory and another to the Devonian Gardens. It'll be nice to spend some time drawing amongst green, growing things.