painting and photographic works

A Series Experience – Color in the Landscape (part 4)

On Day 4 of our Series “Colour in the Landscape” course we again started our day by meeting in the classroom for a critique. By mid-morning we were off to a park within the City of Red Deer to do our painting (or in my case, again capturing photos for later studio painting). Many in the class were still anxiously looking forward to painting the iconic, bright yellow canola fields. From our base  at Red Deer’s RiverBend Park we were able to find canola fields and much more.

A Bend in the Red Deer River (at RiverBend Park)

At the name of the park would suggest this area is by a river, enclosed by a large loop in the river. The area has a golf course, a naturalized water park, lots of wooded areas and abundant vista including the river and surrounding farmlands. There was so much of interest I didn’t know where to start so I walked around with my camera (again). I got lots of ideas and references for paintings but never did pull out my paints or sketch book in my few hours there.

Water Park in Red Deer's Discovery Canyon at RiverBend Park

Natural Beauty on the banks of the Red Deer River

After a few hours wandering around down in the valley I headed back up to the plain on my way back to the studio at Red Deer College. There I found some great vistas of rolling prairie with bright yellow canola fields. A couple of our class members were set up next to the road paintings these awesomely colorful scenes.

Canola Fields and Rolling Prairie

Back at the studio my mid-afternoon, I continued work for a couple of hours on the canvases that I’d started earlier.

That evening  featured a much-looked-forward-to event  that happens every Thursday evening during the Series program – the show of student works from the week. All of the classes (something like 10 of them) have a display of what has been accomplished in just 4 days. It is awesome!

The Thursday Evening Series Show

Some of the week's work from the "Colour in the Landscape" class

After the evening’s events it was back to the studio for another hour or two for me. Not too many people took advantage of the evening availability of the studio but as I had spent so much of my daytime with the camera I was very grateful to have the opportunity.

Field's Edge and Afternoon Sky (Randall Talbot)


2 responses

  1. I’m really going to have to take part in this event in a year or two. It looks like a great experience! Thanks for posting about it Randy!

    2011/09/03 at 4:58 pm

    • Thanks Rick. Yes I have spent a few weeks at Red Deer Series courses over the years and look forward to going back myself. Watch for them to announce the 2012 course offerings early in the new year.

      2011/11/17 at 7:15 am

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