painting and photographic works

Randall Talbot

Forms on a Frozen River

It is the end of January and the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton is frozen over and covered with 15 centimeters of fresh snow. I venture to the river’s edge and am captivated by the abstract forms that I see:

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Six Years Later

This morning, I was looking through my old photos, curious as to what I might have been looking at, taking photos of, on this day in past years. As it turns out I hadn’t been very active on January Thirteenths, but I did find some from 2012. In fact, I quite liked what I was doing that year – it was a bit of a treasure chest of abstract images!

I took a number of those photos, tweaked and cropped them to come up with these final images (which I like and hope you will too):

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Best of 2017 (Part 1)

I’ve looked back at my photos (those taken with my Nikon) from 2017 and picked out my top 20 favorites. The first ten are presented here and the second 10 will be in the “Best of 2017 Part 2” blog post.

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My top 20 photos from 2017 continued in Part 2.


Impressions of Autumn II

In my last post I shared five abstract photos emphasizing the colors of autumn. It turns out that I have more images from that photo shoot (in Edmonton’s river valley) that really appeal to me and I hope that you will like too:

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Impressions of Autumn

It’s the end of September here in Edmonton and our autumn colors must be near their peak. It has been a while since I’ve dabbled in creating abstract photos but that’s what I did today and here are some of the results:

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These photographs were all created using a longish (1.5 to 5 seconds) exposure with deliberate movement of the camera.


In a January Fog

While not unheard of, foggy days in Edmonton are also not very common. This last weekend in Edmonton was however one of those times – a fog  just heavy enough to hide the far side of the river valley and flatten out depth. The high humidly and sub-zero temperature resulted in a delightful, frosty coating on the trees.

Combining the fog, frost and late afternoon/early-evening light lead to these moody,  black and white images:

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Frosty Thorns

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Poles in a Frosty Landscape

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The Five

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Three, with Frosty Wires

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Rowland Bend


The “2012-08” Series

In August of 2012 I started a small series of large canvases. This series  of abstract paintings were all done on 91 by 121 cm (3 x 4 feet) canvasses. I used generous amounts of gel with the acrylic paints for think, juicy textures. The color palette was restricted to the primaries, plus black and white.

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“2012-08-01” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-02” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-03” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-04” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-05” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012

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“2012-08-06” acrylic on canvas, 91 by 121 cm, 2012


Mountains (a Series – Part 2)

In this part 2, I share more mountain paintings, a few more from the Banff region with a couple more based on reference photos from when I cycled the “Golden Triangle” in May of 2010.

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“Sun Play II”, oil on hardboard, 41 by 30 cm, 2009

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“Mountains Over Vermilion River”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2010

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“Mountain’s Edge”, oil on hardboard, 51 by 61 cm, 2009

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“On the Ridge”, oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2010

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“Rocky Mountain Serene” oil on canvas, 23 x 30 cm, 2009

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untitled, oil on hardboard, 20 by 30 cm, 2009


Mountains (a Series – Part 1)

Living in the Canadian province of Alberta, the Rocky mountains have always been nearby and not an infrequent subject for my art (although not nearly as much as I would like). In this 2-part blog post I will share my take on mountains as subjects for landscape paintings.

All of the works in this “Part 1” were painted in August 2009 when I spent a week at the Banff Centre.

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“Twisted Stone”, Oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Mountain Mystery”, oil on canvas, 61 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Long Shadows on Tunnel Mountain”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 41 cm, 2009

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“Bow Valley from Tunnel Mountain”, oil on hardboard, 41 by 30 cm, 2009

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“Sun Play (Banff)”, oil on hardboard, 61 by 51 cm, 2009

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“Banff Evening Solitude”, oil on canvas, 51 by 76 cm, 2009


Lines (an Abstract Painting Series)

This small series from the autumn of 2012 was an exploration of mark making into the wet surface of an oil-painted canvas:

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“Marks”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012

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“Fall”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012

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“Lines in a Field”, oil on hardboard, 30 by 30 cm, 2012

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“Spirals”, Oil on canvas, 46 by 46 cm, 2012

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“Maxwell”, Oil on hardboard, 61 by 61 cm, 2012