Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grande Prairie

So I have been working for the past few days in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

A couple of evenings ago I was able to check out the Muskoseepi Creek area. The name Muskoseepi translates to "Bear Creek" in Cree. While I didn't see any bears, I saw a good variety of birds, including Mallards, Canada Geese, Red-winged Blackbirds, Herring Gulls, and other species of ducks and gulls. I also watched some people canoeing along the creek.

Yesterday I visited the Grande Prairie museum and Heritage Village, visible on the left. They have a collection of original and reconstructed historical buildings from the past century. I especially enjoyed the Mad Trapper's cabin and the taxi post. A tabby cat named Chester adopted me and served as my guide through the village, walking me from building to building. (I think he was the local tom cat.)

This evening I took a short walk around Crystal Lake, which was full of ducks and geese honking and more blackbirds singing.

I haven't had a chance to do much painting, but last night I painted a samurai kabuki actor using my Chinese ink set. It's based off a historical painting. It was actually a lot of fun to do! I like how the tree turned out in the background, too. I ended up layering the tree leaves somewhat by accident.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

So recently I decided to give making gift cards a try. This is what I produced. I think it looks pretty cool, but the colors look a little washed out compared to the original painting. The real one is available on Etsy at and the card is blank inside and comes with its own envelope.

Any comments would be greatly appreciated!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day after the Snowstorm

So yesterday I decided to ride my bike to work, in spite of the huge snowstorm outside. The wind was horrible, and whipped the snow into my eyes. I was quite proud of myself for making it to work, pretty much on time. By the time I got there snow had frozen in large chunks in my hair and my snowpants were soaked. Halfway through the ride I was rewarded with a gorgeous view of some snow-covered budding branches overhanging a path.

Just relisted one painting "Into the Fields" on Etsy. It's one of my favorite scenes of the University of Alberta farms, with the distant city buildings removed. This tree is beside a small field where I used to practice tai chi on sunny afternoons in summer.

It can be viewed here: