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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sunset Swamp

Sunset Swamp
18 x 24"
acrylic and oil on canvas
© Nicki Ault, 2011
sold   


This past summer, after visiting a friend in Emma Lake, I came upon the most beautiful sight on the drive back to Waskesiu. It was a water-logged area, in part because of the work of some beavers and in part because of the unprecedented amount of rainfall the lake country had this season. The early evening light was absolutely magnificent causing the grasses to glow (you guessed it) the most beautiful chartreuse. The water was calm and the reflection was something out of a fairy tale. Many, many Spruce trees in the Boreal forest are dead because of an infestation of Spruce Beetles. These dead trees almost look burnt- they are a very unhealthy golden brown, but in this light they looked beautiful. "Sunset Swamp" is one of several paintings I would like to do from the photos I took that evening.

6 comments:

cohen labelle said...

Hi Nicki
As you know, Waskesiu is a magic name to my ears! This is a beautiful painting. I love the way you've painted the reflections - if there's anyone to do a series - it's definitely you!!!!
Is the water deep or shallow there? when I look at the reflections I automatically want to put on rubber boots and wade in!

Barbara M. said...

Awesome work Nicki. I love it.

XO Barbara

Nicki said...

Hi Marcia,

Yes, Waskesiu is a wonderful place... many happy memories have been made there. It's hard to say how deep this water might have been; deeper than puddle boots I think, at least this past summer. There was water everywhere. The Lake was the highest we had ever seen it and the surrounding areas with any low lying land quickly filled with many of the torrential rains. This particular area was near McPhee Lake and it was stunning.

Nicki

Nicki said...

Barbara, thank you!

N. XO

suzanneberry said...

GORGEOUS nicki!!! i love the calmness of this, even the dead tress sing! beautifully done!

Nicki said...

Hi Suzanne,

It was a fun one to do... I did a fairly detailed painting with acrylics first then painted over (planned) with oils in some areas. It gives a cool effect- especially in the water. I had trouble with the sky but got it sorted out and I think this works.

I'm off to check out your blog!

Nicki