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Alberta Landscapes (Painting Series, Before and After 2010)

In my previous blog post I shared my Alberta landscape paintings from the particularly busy year of 2010. In this post, I share my landscape works from a couple years before and after that year.


“Red Deer Field and Trees (study)”, oil on hardboard, 20 x 25 cm, 2007


“Canola Fields I”, oil on canvas, 51 x 76 cm, 2008


“Canola Fields II”, oil on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, 2008

(See the previous blog post for Alberta landscape paintings from the year 2010)


“North Saskatchewan River”, oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 2011


“Storm Approaches” acrylic on hardboard, 61 x 91 cm, 2012


“Dark Treeline”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 2012


“Bend in the North Saskatchewan River”, water color on paper, 10 x 15 cm, 2012

Alberta Landscapes – 2010 (a Painting Series)

Although landscapes are a theme I have always painted, there are periods when they become a particular focus. In around 2010, I developed a new series of landscapes from my home province of Alberta. Most of these again depict the prairies and parkland that dominates the central region of the province. I was painting primarily with oils during this period and this series was painted in the studio.


“Vanishing Prairie”, oil on hardboard, 31 x 41 cm, 2010


“Beside the Highway”, oil on canvas, 23 x 30 cm, 2010


“August Prairie and Sky”, oil on canvas, 76 x 51 cm, 2010


“Flat Prairie Horizon”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010


“Prairie and Forest”, oil on canvas, 45 x 61 cm, 2010


Prairie Exit”, oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm, 2010


Prairie Gold”, oil on canvas, 46 x 61 cm, 2010


“Prairie Hay”, oil on hardboard, 30 x 41 cm, 2010


“Prairie’s Edge”, oil on hardboard, 30 x 41 cm, 2010


“Sheltered Prairie”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010


“Through the Trees”, oil on canvas, 41 x 51 cm, 2010

Alberta Landscapes – 1990 (a Painting Series)

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the subject matter of my painting  was primarily landscapes, and more specifically the prairies, parkland and foothills of central part of Alberta.


“Approaching Prairie Storm”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, c. 1989


“Central Alberta Summer Horizon”, acrylic on hardboard, 61 x 41 cm, c. 1989


“Central Alberta Landscape”, acrylic on hardboard, 46 x 61 cm, 1992


“Red Deer College”, acrylic on canvas, 91 x 121 cm, c. 1989


“Restless Foothills”, acrylic on hardboard, 41 x 61 cm, 1991


“Road to the Rockies”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 1991


“Rolling Prairie with Fence”, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm, 1991


“Southern Alberta Foothills”, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 91 cm,  1991


“Thunder Cloud”, acrylic on hardboard, 20 x 25 cm, c. 1990


“Stripey Fields”, acrylic on hardboard, 41 x 61 cm, 1988

Autumn Color

It is mid-September here in my part of the world and that means that autumn is arriving in a hurry. There is an exciting burst of color that will soon give way to 7 months of greyness. Fortunately images captured, can be images savored (and perhaps painted), during the long wait til spring.

Splash of Red and Green

Splash of Red and Green

Color Grain

Color Grain

Bending Gold

Bending Gold

O' Canada

O Canada

Orangey Shades

Orangey Shades

State of Nature – a painting exhibit at the AGA

I’ve made three visits in the last couple of months to one particular exhibit at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and I suspect I will be good for at least two more visits before the show closes on February 20 2012. The show is State of Nature, Western Canadian Landscape Painting in the AGA collection, 1980 to the present. This exhibit is running concurrently with a couple of other complementary painting exhibitions Prairie Life: Settlement and the Last Best West 1930-1955 (just until 2012 January 29) and a Passion for Nature, Landscape Painting from 19th Century France.

While the Passion for Nature exhibit is larger and with some big names would probably be considered the more prestigious exhibit, I must say that State of Nature is my favorite! State of Nature features nine large works by Alberta and Saskatchewan artists. The paintings are bold and strong, some tending towards abstraction but all recognizable as landscapes and certainly capturing the essence of the landscape from the Western Canadian prairie and parkland. There were a couple of paintings that really connected with me, invited me to sit down in front of them, to absorb the atmosphere and be transported to a different place. One of these was David Alexander’s Swags in a Northern Swamp. This large (approximately 3 by 4 meters) piece features a dominant foreground swamp with reflections in the mid-ground.

My favorite piece in this exhibit is Rockface, Quiet Bay 2008 by Gregory Hardy. This large work dominates one’s field of vision with a rocky landscape refelcted in a lake. the colors are rather subdued but with a few exciting dabs of orange.

If you happen to be in Edmonton, with an opportunity to visit the AGA before February 20th be sure not to miss this exhibit. It is interesting in its own right but especially so when seen against the 20th Century French paintings and the other current AGA exhibits.

Prairie Exit, a landscape painting

In the first part of 2010 I painted a  series of  landscapes inspired by the Alberta Prairies. Here is one of this group:

"Prairie Exit" by Randall Talbot, 2010 (oil on canvas, 51 x 41 cm)

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