Medicine lake is one of those magical places in Jasper National Park. It is forever changing. I have seen it nearly dry, at flood stage, glassy smooth and tossed by the wind. I have even seen it frozen, a time when there are far fewer visitors to contend with. In this case, I took my primary reference photo on a delightful afternoon when the sun light was peeking through the openings in the clouds. The area had only been recently opened to the public after lightening ignited a forest fire that raged through the valley. I chose to paint it as if the fire had not happened. I look forward to returning to painting in the valley once the wild flowers bloom among the ashes.
Medicine Lake Afternoon | 30×40 inches oil on gallery wrapped canvas