Plein Air Painting At The Elbow Falls Boat Launch

There is a very enthusiastic group of plein air painters that meet at least once a week to paint on location.  I have painted with them on occasion and it’s always a most enjoyable experience.  Last Friday, Oct 3,  a call went out that CTV wanted to do a human interest piece on this group and more bodies would be welcome.

Rex Beanland, Painters At The Elbow Falls Boat Launch

Painters At The Elbow Falls Boat Launch

Susan, my wife, and I went along.  I’ve passed the boat launch many times but never been in so I was very surprised to end up in this beautiful little gorge with large rock cliffs on 3 sides and a bit of a rocky beach on the other side.  The Elbow River cuts right  through it.  It was a little cool but after a while the sun came out and it was transformed into a beautiful warm spot.  The feeling of being enclosed by the cliffs lent it an unusual air.

I have painted on location many, many times in the past couple of years and I always enjoy it a great deal but this time, for some reason was special.  I looked for a long time at the various possible subjects until one just jumped out at me.  The colour was mostly a dark grey with accents of orange in the rock so I knew that I would mostly be using Ultramarine and Burnt Sienna.  There was a bit of early snow.

 

Feeling very comfortable that I had a plan of attack firmly in mind I

Rex Beanland, Rex painting at the Elbow River Boat Launch

Rex painting at the Elbow River Boat Launch

Rex Beanland, Susan painting at the Elbow River Boat Launch

Susan painting at the Elbow River Boat Launch

began painting with total abandon.  The only analogy I can use is that my brush ‘danced’ on the paper.  I felt completely free and in the moment.  It was like I was just the vehicle that enabled this painting to come into being.  The paint was flying and as you can see it was dripping all over the place.  The painting is very accurate to the actual scene but I think it has a tremendous energy.  But for me it’s really the fact that it’s a record of a wonderful, almost spiritual moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rex Beanland, Rex, the painting, and the Elbow River

Rex, the painting, and the Elbow River

Rex Beanland, Elbow Falls Boat Launch, watercolour, 18 x 24

Elbow Falls Boat Launch
watercolour
18 x 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Plein Air Painting At The Elbow Falls Boat Launch

  1. Shelley

    Hi Rex – I think I commented on this a couple of weeks ago, but my captcha typing may have prevented it from posting. Just wanted to let you know how much I love this painting. It shows that you were definitely in your element and in the zone that day. Interesting to see how your landscapes are evolving and influenced by your cityscape work.

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    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Shelley: This painting and the experience of being there were one for the books. I felt very spiritually alive and my brush was dancing. It was one of those moments.

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