Opus Daily Practice – day 9

Opus Daily Practice day 9. The theme was “muted”. As much as I thought about creating a muted piece to fit the theme I am currently working on, the more the weather outside called to the theme. So after a quick snowshoe, I set about to do a quick , muted, en plein air watercolour. […]

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Winter Walk – Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary 

Even though the afternoons are getting darker and darker as the days shorten, we still try to get out for walks most days. We are lucky to live near several natural areas with paths, but one of our favourites is Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. One portion of the trail is a quick loop, perfect for cold days or when you are racing against the light to fit a walk in.

The pictures today are just iPhone pics, lighting was so poor it made no sense to take a camera along. Still, the walk was nice, and it is always good to get outside.






Photography by Debra Hunter

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October Afternoon, Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, En Plein Air Watercolour

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Yesterday it felt like fall, which was a good thing taking into account the two weeks of snow we had earlier in the month. With the sun shining the weather just begged for me to put work aside for an hour and get outside.

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As Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary is close to home, it seemed like the natural choice for a place to go. I had been thinking about doing another en plein air watercolour painting for a while, so this seemed the perfect opportunity.

I had remembered a bench along one of the trails, so I chose that as the destination.

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Twenty minutes later a loose and colorful watercolour was complete. 5″x7″ in size. A great afternoon break.

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Painting Two Days In A Row

blog Bax april 11 2016It doesn’t happen often, but I have managed to get out painting two days in a row. Quick, en plein air sessions, but painting none the less. Today my youngest was my company. He ate his lunch on location while I snuck in a quick 30 minute paint before doing the school run.

i Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary April 11 2016_4670 aA quick paint again at Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary. Painting close to home makes it easy. It also allows me to revisit scenes and see how I approach it differently.

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Frogs on the Blog

frogI recently took a break from stitching and beading (and feeding children and doing laundry) to spend an afternoon at the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary in Red Deer, Alberta (Canada). Walking down to the bird blind we were serenaded by the songs of frogs.

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We stopped at one area that was particularly loud, looked down into the water, and saw frogs everywhere.

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Getting close for photos wasn’t an option as these images were taken through the slats on the bridge leading to the blind. Still, the frogs look pretty interesting by cropping in.

frogsI think frogs are pretty interesting to watch. They will move quickly, then stop and stay perfectly still for ages. The way they swim is great to watch.

froIn all the times I have been down to Gaetz Lake this is the first time I have ever seen frogs. On this visit  I must have just been at the right place at the right time.

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Still Iced Up

We seem to be experiencing the never-ending winter. In other years we would have seen much of the snow melted away by now, children splashing in puddles and even a few tulips poking through the earth. Unfortunately here we are, the end of March, and winter is still very much here; so much so that again today was spent snowshoeing. Here are a few of icicle images from this weekend’s winter outing.

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