Today we went out past Okotoks, sorta near the junction of hwy 549 and rr 338, just above the Sheep River valley. Beautiful spot, filled with the type of Alberta prairie stuff I love - lots of long wild grasses and flowers of all sorts, very meadow-y and beautiful, a bit damp yet, but much to our surprise no mosquitoes! After all that rain! Lucky us.
|the preliminary sketch|
|the almost-completed work|
|before, in the field|
Above, what it looked like when we packed up to go.
Below, what it looks like now:
|after, on the back deck|
The main change I made was to the top edge of the trees at left, and a bit of the hillside beyond. I also brightened those dabs of blue in the foreground - a slough with just a bit of water showing through the long, darker grasses.
It's not often I change a painting after leaving the field, and I can only really do it with any degree of authenticity immediately we arrive home, while my memory of the place is very fresh.
That last one I quite like. Sometimes the old camera gets the focus bang-on.