Sibbald Pond Fantasy

I’m not sure what category this painting fits in.  I was just playing with a photo I took of a pond along the Sibbald Trail.  I was also trying to keep painting rather than to let things dry.  I also used a little scrapper to dig in to the paper.  I put the final result in the category that says, ‘interesting’.

4 thoughts on “Sibbald Pond Fantasy

  1. Richard M Haemmerle

    Hi, I love it!!! Loose, fresh, interesting shapes everywhere. I’d like to see you do more like this, maybe even a demo????. If I put on my over critical hat, the scrappings keep drawing my eye, but not in a good way. They seem too mechanical in relation to the free and loose look of the rest of the painting. Thanks for sharing. Adios
    Richard

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    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Richard:

      It’s great to get some feedback on this painting since it used a completely unorthodox procedure. I guess often when we go beyond our traditional approach we are in uncharted waters and anything can happen. I’ll put on my critical hat and take a look at those scrappings.

      Rex

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  2. Shelley

    Hi Rex,
    I love this painting too. A long time ago when I was still doing archaeology, I worked in this general area (near Moose Mountain), and this painting really evoked that place for me when I saw it. I can almost smell the unusual tamarack and black spruce bogs I worked near when I look at it. The free and loose approach really suits this wild environment. Maybe it’s just my background, but this painting has a sense of the ancient as well. I think you’ve really captured the sensibility of plein air painting in a studio piece.
    (and, by the way, did you know that one of Alberta’s oldest archaeological sites was found near the Sibbald Creek?).

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    1. Rex Beanland Post author

      Hi Shelley:

      I didn’t know that about the archaeological site near Sibbald Creek. This is so interesting to me that this painting, which was a real detour into the ‘let’s just let it happen’ zone has interested others. I still don’t know what to make of it except that I found the process very interesting. I love that you can almost smell the black spruce bogs. Maybe there is a lesson here to venture more frequently into the land where the map ends.

      Rex

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