Sunday, August 21, 2011

Big Prairie Sky

I live in Alberta which is prairie grassland that has been planted with commercial crops.  When we drive from the city where I live north to the city where my parents live, I am always struck by the enormous sky that stretches all around, and the vast fields where you can see for miles.  As the old joke goes, you can watch your little brother run away from home for three days.
The early settlers to this land were often nearly undone by the long distances between water sources and the lack of any kind of sheltered spaces.  It truly was the land where the buffalo ran free and could stampede for days with nothing to stop them.  This is a field of brilliantly blooming canola flowers under a dramatic sky, with few stands of planted trees called windbreaks, whose job was literally to break up the wind and prevent the seeded crops from blowing away.  This is my world and welcome to a glimpse of it.
Watercolor

13 comments:

echogo said...

Yes you captured it. I should know I just arrived home after driving down this highway. Beautiful!

A.Marie said...

Those clouds are luscious.

Dan Kent said...

There is a real charm to this painting that I like.

Sasa said...

Pretty sketch! I'd love to see more of this!

Aurileide Alves said...

it is really nice.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I love prairie land....this makes me feel so peaceful, just gazing at your art, loosely.

So grateful I found you today via CED2011!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

really very pretty and expansive. sounds like a lovely drive.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Luscious clouds is right! Love the painting ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor and Share the Creative Journey)

marancat said...

I so enjoyed reading this post - and had a great laugh at the thought being able to see someone running away for three days! That little story, together with a lovely sketch, gives such a vivid impression of your part of the world to someone who has never been there.
I loved the bright colours of your sketch - I felt it had a slightly abstract slant that enhanced what you were saying about the wide, wide expanses around you.

Cathy Holtom said...

It would inspire me too, I love open spaces!

Alex said...

AWESOME! I want to be in the picture and just stare at those beautiful clouds =)

Ann said...

I LOVE this watercolor! All of that sky must be breathtaking.

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