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How I spent my summer vacation, part two : Banff and Kananaskis

August 28, 2014

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[Moraine Lake]

Handbook Travelogue Watercolor Sketchbook 10.5×8.25”
W&N bijoux box with split primaries (pigment list in here somewhere).

We had a weekend of outrageously good weather. Might have been the best I’ve ever had in the Rockies. Sketching times ranging from 45 minutes sitting in the sun, to 5 minutes leaning on the car while photographers jumped out for roadside shots.


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[Welsh Pond] Note: This was 7am so the photogs could get this mirror glass water. I can tell you, watercolor won’t dry on a chilly damp morning. Had to walk back out of the trees and find patch of sun to dry the painting between doing the first wet-in-wet pass and the dark tree line.


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[Mount Kidd]

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[Lower Kananaskis Lake]

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[Lake Louise]

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2014 7:23 AM

    Thanks for sharing your vacation. These are beautiful sketches.

  2. Nathalie Z permalink
    August 28, 2014 7:57 AM

    Wow, these are amazing! A great preview as I am going to be there in two weeks. And thanks for the great diversity of posts this summer, a real enjoyment.

  3. Diane permalink
    August 28, 2014 8:46 AM

    Love these sketches and really like seeing you doing them. Looking forward to your book. Hope you address “how to sketch quickly when traveling with non-sketchers….”

    • September 1, 2014 10:25 PM

      I do have a day of examples for just this thing – will post soon after we get back from Rio – going painting up Sugar Loaf tomorrow :)

  4. August 28, 2014 9:10 AM

    Great sketches and a wonderful environment! May I ask which colors did you use for the water in the Moraine Lake sketch ?
    Thanks for letting us enjoy your vacation too !
    Kind regards,

    • September 1, 2014 10:16 PM

      Hi Debora (from the hotel in Rio – still painting with the Urban Sketchers :) – the lake would have been cerulean blue and viridian green I’m thinking. Maybe a touch of cad yellow light.

  5. August 28, 2014 9:33 AM

    I love your use of white space on your pages. A great lesson in less is more. Thanks for sharing!

  6. anne permalink
    August 28, 2014 9:42 AM

    Yes, amazing! Inspires me to be out this morning to take another look at the Rockies, ah, inspiration here.

  7. August 29, 2014 1:53 PM

    Your sketches are really beautiful! Greetings from Montreal.

  8. August 31, 2014 8:50 AM

    I really like your treatment of such large shapes with soft colors. I have totally bought into your “tea with milk and honey” idea. So many of my paintings are so overworked… I start out with something gentle and subtle, and then I just keep adding more and more pigment until it gets really harsh and garish. I keep repeating the teal-milk-honey mantra in my head and, sometimes, I manage to keep the pretty parts…
    Phoenix AZ

    • September 1, 2014 10:18 PM

      Yes Eric! Learning to reliably pull off “less is more” is a goal of mine :)

  9. August 31, 2014 10:37 PM

    Beautiful paintings. Great studies!

  10. bluerock / debrazone permalink
    September 4, 2014 2:15 PM

    You are so incredible – I just love seeing your work, and it’s so cool to see on-site photos along with your paintings. Everything I look at is so inspiring and beautifully executed. Thanks for sharing!

  11. September 9, 2014 4:09 PM

    I absolutely love the painting of Mount Kidd. It feels so simple, fresh and clean. The water on Moraine Lake is gorgeous too.

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