Medicine Lake, on the Maligne Canyon road east of Jasper, Alberta
Here I am in the heart of the Rockies, in Jasper!
What a blessing to be able to spend the next 2 weeks here, surrounded by the glorious mountains, the larch turning all shades of autumn gold and red and orange...stunning.
Last night, we had our get-together in the studio, 24 artists from western Canada and western U.S. and our darling instructor, Gregg Johnson and his fabulous wife, Darlene. After catching up on each other's lives over the last year, we set up the tables, set out our art supplies and then ate several servings of Darlene's scrumptious apple crisp. She bakes for weeks in advance of this workshop, making 2 weeks of desserts and sweets for our morning and afternoon coffee breaks. Truly, different dessert for each break...can you imagine the work?
I didn't sleep at all last night. Too much stuff running around in my ever-fertile imagination. Every noise was a spook, every crack of the water heater was the boogey-man coming in for tea...what a night!
Early this morning, we met in the studio again, and got down to business! Everyone's on a different level. Some are fantastic artists, some are middle-of-the-road artists and will be fantastic in a few years, and a few are beginners. All are lovely folks!
After a quick lunch, we drove to Lake Annette for an afternoon of painting en plien air. Now, watercolours in the great outdoors are not an easy thing, because the wind and the sun dry the pigment and water on the paper inordinately fast. It creates some 'interesting' pieces!