Notes from the field: Dawson City and Top of the World Hwy. YT.

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Notes from the field: Dawson City and Top of the World Hwy. YT.

 Notes from the field: Dawson City and Top of the World Hwy. YT.

 

After leaving the Tombstones, I visited Dawson city and my fellow painter Halin de Repentigny. I received true Northern hospitality and was great to exchange professional ideas on painting and art in general. As artists we often live very secular lifestyles isolating ourselves in our art practice and it is refreshing to meet like-minded people.

To get to Top of the world Hwy that joins Yukon and Alaska, one has to cross Yukon River on ferry. The incline is rather steep and the road follows the ridges of countless mountains making you feel like you are truly in the clouds. Most of the route is above the tree line with vistas stretching 360 degrees. This time the visibility was not perfect due to a growing fire near Stewart Crossing and after couple days it was hard to breath for Guinness and I. What fascinated me the most was as always the burnt forest from previous years fires. It provides my never-ending artistic inspiration with strong foreground compositions and death and rebirth concept.

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Notes from the field: Tombstone Range YT.

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Notes from the field: Tombstone Range YT.

 

Driving north from Dawson City along Dempster Hwy, you enter arctic landscape mostly devoided of trees with wide valleys stretching all the way to the horizon. It is the only drivable route to the Canadian arctic. One of the most dramatic vistas is the Tombstone Range with Mount Monolith in the foreground. The range resembles jagged shark teeth reaching towards the sky. The autumn comes early there with full colour display at the end of August.

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Notes from the field: Keno City, YT.

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Notes from the field: Keno City, YT.

 

While in Whitehorse , friends of mine suggested that I should visit Keno City, which is about 100 km east of Stewart Crossing on Klondike Hwy. The road leads through Mayo and then on gravel route through wide valley. Silver mining during the 20’s first opened up the area and created another boomtown with mines popping up in the hills above.

Today it is a very sleepy settlement with less then 10 people living there all year around. There are still some mining activities going on but mostly the town relies on its unique charm and spectacular location. Because of mining, neighboring mountains are criss crossed with old exploration roads leading way above tree line to spectacular Yukon vistas.

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Notes from the field: Faro, YT

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Notes from the field: Faro, YT

I received an invitation from Jay Hambelton, my Facabook to visit him in Faro. Jay is also a painter and his Dad was Jack Hambelton who was the founder of Hambelton Galleries in Kelowna BC.

Jay graciously offered to take me up into high alpine south east of Faro. We traveled for over 50 km on hunting trail with quads including one with special tracks that can travel over wet tundra and bog. Our day was filled with lots of painting, some winching, mud and spectacular display of colours over the Yukon. Through Jay I have learned a lot about a local environment and the history of Faro town which lays along 450-kilometer Tintina Trench.

 

https://whatsupyukon.com/Yukon%20Outside/the-tintina-trench/

 

Faro was originally a company town created to support once the largest open pit lead-zinc mine in the world. Today, it is the site of one of the most complex abandoned mine remediation projects in Canada.

 

https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1480019546952/1537554989037

 

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Notes from the field: Whitehorse, YT.

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Notes from the field: Whitehorse, YT.

So I finally arrived in Whitehorse, Yukon after driving 2500km in four days. Usually it takes me less, but this time I was towing a little camper trailer. I have not been up north for 4 years and it is great to feel the northern air and the smell of the tundra. Colours are just starting to turn and some higher elevation of hwy # 37 already have yellow poplars.

I have also noticed some environmental changes along the route, which I am not surprise to see due to climate change. Bear glacier near Seward, BC has receded a lot since I seen it first time 10 years ago. Pass the Dease Lake there huge swats of forest burnt as far as eye can see. Southern Yukon is starting to experience much more coastal climate with higher precipitation which has not accrued before. Due to the rising temperatures the permafrost is melting slowly releasing unimaginable amount of gases which will choke of our atmosphere in due time unless there is no dramatic change in human behavior.

So I am going North towards Tombstone mountains with heavy heart knowing that our planet is in desperate need of healing from constant human destruction.

I will be on the road for about 4 weeks, crossing into Alaska and capturing many of its enormous mountain ranges.

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Yukon and Alaska painting Expedition.

At the end of August I am embarking on another plein air trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun, Yukon and Alaska.

I will be traveling for 5 weeks through the wilderness of the North capturing its magnificent landscape in painting and photography. You can check my regular updates on my BLOG.

http://www.paintingjourneys.com/new-blog

All paintings will be ave available through Mountain Galleries which will promote the journey through its social media and art show upon my return.

https://www.mountaingalleries.com/

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Mark making creative process - Workshops

Dear friends and students.
Over the next year, 2018, I will be teaching Intuitive Mark Making workshop.
It is designed to develop sense contrast, composition and edge treatment for variety of artists working in different mediums.
Students should aim at the marks, which are unfamiliar, obvious and not created by analytical process. They should develop energy sweep with out hesitation, responding and contacting with the frame of reference at all times, explosive mark making holds element off surprise and no obvious marks. The student should develop familiarity with all those aspects of mark making.
It is extremely beneficial for expending your creative process.

Here is the sample of the process.
Please check my website for the upcoming workshops:
http://www.paintingjourneys.com/artworkshops/

#artworkshops #painting #sketching  #Nanaimo

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Painting plein air in Chile.

In this video you can view step by step process of painting plein air.
I am a strong believer in documenting your creative process either through film or photography.
If you are interested you can view our entire television series in
CHANGING LANDSCAPES.

https://www.facebook.com/ChangingLandscapesTVseries/videos/1582211998757780/

 

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#landscape #landscapephotography #changinglandscapestv

 

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New painting - " SANCTUARY " 48" X 48" OIL ON CANVAS

I am very exited to complete a new painting from the area near my home. Rainforest of Coastal BC has provided me with countless compositions and never ending inspiration. The composition of the  painting and it essence portrays the early morning and forest life along the pod deep in the rainforest. Over the years I have become fascinated with all kinds wetlands and pond environment which are so crucial to our ecosystems.

Painting is available for viewing at CANADA HOUSE GALLERY, BANFF, AB.

" Sanctuary " oil on canvas 48" x 48" oil on canvas

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