My husband and I just got back from over six weeks camping and fishing in the lakes of Northern Manitoba.
My husband is an avid fisherman and while I like fishing too, I take the opportunity while we are there to paint and photograph the incredible Canadian Shield landscape.
Between catching Walleye and Northern Pike, I sketched with ink and watercolour from the boat.
We explored Cormorant Lake, Little Cormorant Lake and Frog Creek during our holiday (all of which are just outside of The Pas, Manitoba). There are many beautiful spots to paint on this water system.
I would start with a quick sketch in pen to place the major elements. Then I added watercolour to the sketch, sometimes using conventional brushes but more often just using a water brush. This handy tool has a barrel that you fill with water. It is great for quickly adding colour to a sketch. The amount of water in the barrel is enough to paint 1 larger or several smaller sketches.
Between massive slabs of lichen covered rocks, trees, a wide variety of skies and beautiful reflections, there was more than enough to get my creative juices flowing. Most of my paintings were done in small watercolour sketchbooks. Everything I used was contained in one bag – sketch pads, drawing materials, watercolour palette and collapsible water container (there was no lack of water available for painting!).
I find that painting on location gives me a much better appreciation of the landscape than simply taking photos to work from later. The act of painting on the spot forces you to summarize the scene – to get to the essence of the landscape. I took lots of pictures (over 4500!!) to refer to later but several of my small sketches will serve as the leaping off point for studio pieces next winter.
Enjoy the paintings! Just click on any thumbnail to view a larger version.
The Okanagan provides inspiration wherever you look. I enjoy both painting on location and working in my studio. For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org