When the to-do list is long, and adventures are looming, my mind wanders incessantly. The August installation of 'the anti-portrait show' is one piece away from completion, and the alleyway show (my solo exhibit at the Crowsnest Pass Gallery in Frank, AB) in September is coming along nicely, so this weekend I decided I could let myself paint some things that weren't related to the tasks at hand. I let my mind wander back to an earlier adventure.
Back in April we packed up the car with camping gear and our dogs and headed off to Vancouver Island. I snapped this photo on a rainy evening as we were coming back from a quick visit to Campbell River. By this point, the rain had stopped and the cloud was beginning to dissipate, but the reflection of the sunset on the smooth, wet road was just too lovely to pass up. I knew immediately I wanted to put this to canvas somehow, and have been wanting to, and thinking about it ever since. It was very satisfying to get to work on this piece this weekend. It reminds me of a painting in the library of my High School in Red Deer. I can't remember who the artist was, but it was a painting of a vehicle on a road in a field, with this stormy prairie sky dominating the top two thirds of the canvas. The vehicles headlights shone brightly toward the viewer. Perhaps it was an evening storm? Or just really dark cloud cover? I don't remember exactly, but I have been through such moments myself, and it was the first painting I remember really resonating in my young brain; the first time I realized that you could create interesting pictures from of everyday life. I guess this is kind of my ode to that painting. I wonder if it's still there?