Larch Valley-2012 and The Class of Art

“Larch Valley” by Donna Jo Massie

My latest painting at Canada House Gallery in Banff- “Larch Valley”. Personally, I love painting mountains and enjoy my summers hiking the trails. One of my students, who paints flowers beautifully, was struggling with her mountain landscapes. I asked, why don’t you paint flowers because you do them so well? She replied that she felt she should be doing something that she wasn’t good at. An admirable trait, but remember those artists that found the place or the subject that they love and that is what they painted…..this would be painters such as Andrew Wyeth and Chadds Ford, Georgia O’Keeffe and the desert of New Mexico,and Charlie Russell and the old west.

August Plein Air Workshop

We were fortunate to have sunny weather for outdoor painting at the August 20-21, 2011 workshop. The boardwalk is a short 10 minute walk from the Union Hall and there were spectacular views of Mt. Rundle, Ha-Ling and the Bow Valley! The mountain landscape workshop this year is on August 25-26-we’ll hope for more of the same weather so we can spend an afternoon outside again!