“Painting cannot be taught, but it can be learned.”
The Canada paintings collection means a lot to me for various reasons. I remember seeing a photo of Moraine Lake whilst being a third year medical student and dreaming of visiting it someday. Luckily, my dream came true and I got to travel around Banff, Canada’s first national park. I remember thinking then that I want to paint the iconic Canadian Rocky Mountains. Usually pictures never live up to your expectations, but Moraine Lake exceeded my expectations and looked even more beautiful in real life. I‘ll never forget how I felt that day and yes, the waters were really that blue. I wanted to capture the majestic mountain scenery and share it with the world through my art.
This is the first painting of my Canada series collection. I love the composition of this painting, as it effortlessly encompasses the snowcapped mountains, the blue lake and the green trees, without one element over-powering the other. I love the turquoise colour of the lake and the detail of reflection of the light rays on the surface. The trees in the foreground really make the painting come alive and adds a new perspective.
The Canada painting series includes paintings of the several tourist hotspots of Canada. The paintings mostly consist of similar colour palates, which includes shades of blue, green and earthly tones. The sky enhances the painting and makes it come alive in terms of colours, brushwork, tones and composition. I believe the sky in each painting sets the scene and feel of painting, from energetic/dynamic to peaceful and calm moods. Each painting has a strong composition, in which all the elements are perfectly balanced. The mountains are characterised by relatively bold brush strokes, with emphasis on depicting highlights and shadows casted by the light. The water is portrayed slightly differently in each painting, and each painting highlights different forms of water from lake reflections to flowing waterfalls. Ideliberately painted the water realistically to capture the reflections, movement and transparency.
I really enjoyed painting this series. Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.