This is a painting from a winter camping trip I took in Garabaldi Provincial Park in British Columbia. My husband and I snowshoed up a steep trail and camped in view of the Coast Mountains.
Alpine Trail, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This is one of my older paintings, and I was still in a beginner phase where I tried to copy photos too closely without improving the composition. However, I’m glad I turned up the intensity of the blues to capture the shadows on snow. This is the original photo that I worked with when I got back:
This was another one of those trips where, due to bad snow conditions and overly optimistic planning, we arrived long after dark. We did get to see this amazing sunset over the mountains, and I’m glad we stopped to take photos: Continue reading
This is another painting from a snowshoe trip in Yosemite a few years ago. We had a long trip in to a stone shelter hut, and due to bad snow conditions it took much longer than we expected.
It was close to midnight when we were still a mile or two from where we needed to be, and we had that exhausted tunnel vision that comes at the end of a long hike at high altitude. Suddenly we looked up from our plodding snowshoes and saw an amazing sight around us – a burned forest covered in snow, silent, under the moon and stars.
Wander, 30″ x 40″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
Sometimes I need these moments to remember why I love the backcountry, and why it is worth it to be out in the cold in these amazing places, and not home in my warm bed. We stopped and looked at the stars for a long time before continuing on.
This painting is from a snowshoe trip to the Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite. We hit bad weather and got to the hut close to midnight, but the next day, we got to snowshoe around the nearby lake and watch the sun set over this ridge:
Yosemite Sunset, 16″ x 20″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
This is another one of my winter camping paintings, inspired by a snowshoe trip in the coast mountains of British Columbia with my husband.
Coast Mountains, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © Kathryn Beals
We really enjoy winter camping; there are no bugs or bears to worry about, and comparatively few people. Water is readily available in the form of snow, the ground is soft and the views are amazing. If you can come prepared for the cold and the early sunsets, it’s great.
This is me, standing against the peak that I later put in my painting. Like my duct tape gaiters?
You can find this painting in my Etsy shop as a digital print or canvas print. The original painting is for sale through my website.
I just finished this painting yesterday:
Solstice, 24″x 30″ acrylic on canvas, copyright © 2014 Kathryn Beals
This is from memories of winter camping in the Sierra mountains with my husband. I actually started this one a few years ago, got frustrated and put it away. I dug it out yesterday and tried again, and I was much happier with the result this time.
I originally made the tent way too big, so I painted over it with the dark blue/black, let that dry and then painted it in again in a smaller size. This is one of the reasons I love painting in acrylic – it’s easy to fix mistakes. I should have taken progress photos, but this artist has a great tutorial that shows a similar fix.