I try to take my sketchbook with me wherever I go, but sometimes I leave it at home when I'm running what I think is just going to be a quick errand. I know better. I got caught without it the other day which worked out, as I was stuck in rush hour traffic and wouldn't have been able to quickly sketch out what I had seen right then. Instead, I took a mental photo and wrote down my ideas as soon as I go home. I also know better than to run errands downtown at 4:30 in the afternoon in Edmonton...but apparently that was not the case Monday afternoon. Sigh.
On the other hand, while crawling along Wayne Gretzky drive at 20 km/hr, I glanced to my left and saw this beautiful clear winter sky at dusk peeking out from behind heavily snow draped spruce trees and thought "WOW! THAT needs to be on canvas!" So, after much thinking, inking and waiting for it's layers to dry....here it is. It's done from memory and mimics drawings I did of spruce trees when I was younger. It's hard to tell from the photo, but all the little spruce needles are indeed drawn individually. It's very spruce-like in real life.
From peaceful winter trees and right into old trucks rusting on the prairie somewhere in southern Alberta....the painting continues!