Painting at Spray Lakes

Today we got a bit of a late start and headed to Spray Lakes in the Kananaskis to a spot we saw yesterday. The view was across one of the lakes to high snow-speckled mountains on the opposite shore. We set up our painting materials and set to work.

Jean set up her pastels and began working on a large view toward the end of the lake. She battled the wind all afternoon and one time the wind managed to dislodge a pastel box. However, little damage was done and she produced a colorful picture that she will complete in our condo out of the wind.

I did a couple of pencil drawings to get acquainted with the scene. Then I sketched the scene lightly on  watercolor paper and began to color it. Another carload of folks came to fish and picnic. After about 15 minutes of painting one of the women came by and asked if I would sell her my painting. I said, “Sure, as soon as it’s finished.” She left early, but her husband came by before leaving to buy the painting for her. That has to be the fastest sale I’ve ever made. Normally I wouldn’t sell a simple study that is meant for only my own edification, but she really wanted a picture of that lake.

Here are a few photos from the day.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
This entry was posted in Art, Photography, Travel and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Painting at Spray Lakes

  1. Carolyn Raham says:

    Very nice. Glad you are enjoying your cool surroundings. in Missouri, we have had temps over 100 for some time now, but relief is in sight!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.