Thursday, November 15, 2012

Painting in the Bugaboos IV

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Beyond this point be grizzlies

Watercolour and crayon
©2012 Charlene Brown

This is the ‘snowbank-encrusted pond’ I referred to in my last Bugaboos painting.  It is the only location where we saw evidence of the recent presence of bears (not the still-steaming kind of evidence, just some roughly overturned rocks and up-rooted bulbs).  All hikers and painters are accompanied by guides with radios, air horns and bear spray, but close encounters are rare as the bears leave the areas where they know the helicopters will touch down as soon as they hear them coming.
I’ll admit right now that none of the flowers in this tundra-like meadow where we did our sketching were glacier lilies  – which bloom in early July – but I decided to include some anyway, after figuring out how to paint them using masking fluid a couple of years ago.