autumn walk I, mixed media on canvas, 20x20 (in)
Every now and then, you just need a walk in the woods to clear your head and run the crazies out of your dogs. We have one of the nicest park systems here in Edmonton, although I might be a tad biased about that because I live here. The same can be said of Red Deer's river valley trail system! I spent hours biking, running and walking Gershwin on those trails when I lived there. The one thing that Edmonton's trail system has on Red Deer's is dog parks. Multiples.
The piece above I painted for (and at) the 6th Annual Edmonton Timeraiser on November 8th. I started it ahead of time (base color, outline, first paper layer and some blocked in color) and mostly finished at the event while folks milled about and watched me work from behind full wine glasses and over the shoulders of friends. When the bidding opened, there was a line-up at the sheet to bid on my painting, and the sheet was full and maxed out after 25 minutes. I met a lot of nice people and received a lot of great comments on my work. Good times were had by all that night, I'm sure. Now some lucky lady has a year to complete 100 volunteer hours for a non-profit of her choice, and once the year is up and the hours of service have been tallied, she gets to take this painting home. I met her. She was pretty excited. Timeraisers are a really neat concept and I hope I get asked to participate again.
But I was talking about trail systems. Right.
autumn walk II, mixed media on canvas, 30x30 (in)
I took some lovely photos during some of our most golden autumn dog walks in the Terwillegar Dog Park (our favorite) and posted them to my Instagram feed and figured I should paint some of them, especially since I love painting trees and yellow isn't a color I paint with very often. This piece I just finished last night and hung it in my show at the High Level Diner this afternoon. Luke happened to make it into both pieces. He's turning into a regular four-legged photo bomber. What a guy.
So here are my visual odes to a lovely late summer of golden walks in our favorite park in Edmonton.
And now for some winter paintings. Yea!