“Hay Bales at Horne Beach” (2014)

"Hay Bales at Horne Beach" (2014) 11 inches by 14 inches acrylic on canvas

“Hay Bales at Horne Beach”
11 inches by 14 inches
acrylic on canvas

We just spent a weekend at the cabin. As the weather was changeable with periods of rain dotted with spots of sun it was easy to find a couple of hours to paint. Thanks to my husband giving me a rather lovely iPad Mini, I am currently testing a new way to approach my painting where by I shoot a scene on the device and then use that as a reference for the painting. This is the first painting completed this way.

Sometimes I will paint on location as some of you may have seen on my Island Home Blog, but after a few close calls with rising tides I think having the reference image to finish up with will be handy….and safer (let’s just say last time we cut it too close!).

The scene inspiring “Hay Bales at Horne Beach” is a field that over looks Lake Isle (Lac Ste. Anne County, Alberta, Canada), about 100m from our cabin. Very rural. Very Alberta. A moment captured between rain storms with sparkling clear Alberta skies. Trust me, those skies turned very black shortly after when the next storm blew off the foothills.


Art and photography by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta

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New Canadian Painting – “Deep Snow in the Sanctuary” (2014)

Deep Snow in the Sanctuary -2014 (Kerry Wood Nature Centre)

“Deep Snow in the Sanctuary”
(Kerry Wood Nature Centre, Red Deer, Alberta)
medium : acrylic on canvas
dimensions: 16 inches by 20 inches

“Deep Snow in the Sanctuary” is a painting depicting an area I visit often in the sanctuary area behind Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada.

A few weeks ago I was snowshoeing past this spot and the trees caught my eye, perhaps because it is an interesting view, but also because it reminded me of a painting I had just completed, “Cabin Trees #1”. I took a quick iPhone shot and was on my way. A bit later I was looking at the image and thought it was worth a painting. This is literally the first landscape painting of Alberta I have done in years, with the last several years being focused on painting macro images of wild and garden flowers.

It was interesting working on a full view compared to working on macro subjects. It was refreshing really. When working up close every inch is filled with some detail, while on a landscape part of the story is the empty space. Viewing the canvas in person really gives the feeling of quiet winter space; an experience that an image on a computer, tablet or phone just can’t quite convey.

I’m quite pleased that I stopped to take the iPhone shot as it has made me expand my horizons. I am now thinking I should use the sanctuary as a basis for a theme for the next little while. It is an area close to home, an area I know very well, and it will give me the opportunity to mix landscape while still dabbling in a few wildflower macros. It also gives me a very good excuse to get out and snowshoe and walk more often…..and that is a very good thing!


New Canadian Painting Completed – Cabin Trees #1 (2014)

"Cabin Trees #1" 2014

“Cabin Trees #1”
acrylic on canvas
16″ x 20″

This is a painting that sat on my easel for months half-finished. I walked past the unfinished canvas hundreds of times, thought about what I should do next, but never put paint to canvas. The other evening I had an hour and a half with no one else in the house and decided it was the perfect opportunity to get a little bit done on the painting. Finishing off the painting came incredibly easily, probably because I have photographed and sketched these trees numerous times and by doing so I knew exactly what it was I wanted to show of the trees. I wish all paintings went this way.

The painting is called “Cabin Trees #1”. These are the trees that sit in the backyard of our cabin at Lake Isle, Alberta. I like the muted color and the patterns on the trees, but most of all it is the subject matter that draws me to the painting. The painting is a glimpse of rural Alberta, but also transports me to our cabin.


Artwork by Debra Hunter
paintings, fibre art, photography, eco dyed bracelets & coffee sweaters
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada