Every fall, for 2 weeks, a group of intrepid watercolourists get together in the Rockies, those stately and beautiful mountains that run nearly the entire length of our continent from top to bottom.
I'm blessed to be able to study with my favorite artist, Gregg Johnson. He's absolutely amazing...Gregg has been teaching art in a high school in Edmonton for 35 years, and has retired, only to take on another group of artists who love him to bits.
I'm packing my art supplies, making 1/4 sheets of paper out of full sheets of 300 lb. Arches cold-pressed watercolour paper, taping them to Corplast backboards, counting my tubes of paint, checking my stash of brushes and my collection of images that I've printed from my photos over the past year. Hopefully, one or two of those pictures will become paintings during these lovely 14 days.
Some very fast en plein air mountain studies that dry way too fast!
It gets really cold at night in the mountains, so I am also packing a few layers of fleece vests, jackets, mitts, scarves and headbands. Along with my collection of fleece, I'll include my hiking boots, weatherproof jacket, wool socks and several pairs of wool mitts with sheepskin lining that have fold-back tips to allow my fingertips the freedom to hold a brush in the crisp autumn air.
Medicine Lake in the fall...
I'm so happy to be taking this time away for an indulgence like this. It's good for my soul. Spending time with other artists in the most beautiful place on this planet...what else could be better?
Spirit Island from the shore...
Maligne Lake scenic view of the mountains lining the shore...
“When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general.
If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.'
Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.” ~ Pablo Picasso