Canadian Aspens

Canadian Aspens

These aspen trees are on the road between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta, Canada. I took the reference photo on our honeymoon trip in 1975. I painted two of these for Christmas gifts – one for my wife and one for our daughter.

Acrylic on Gessobord. 6×6 inches (15.2×15.2 cm).

Here are both of them side by side.

Canadian Aspens - Day 3

Canadian Aspens – Day 3

I painted these over three days. On the first day I painted the sky, mountains, background trees and roughed in the foreground.

Canadian Aspens - Day 1

Canadian Aspens – Day 1

The second day I added the aspen trees.

Canadian Aspens - Day 2

Canadian Aspens – Day 2

On day 3 I worked on detail. I added some branches and worked on the grasses and flowers in the foreground. I like working on a pair like this. I can see how something works in one and then apply it or change it in the other.