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.