My last painting of 2013. I headed out on a dull autumn afternoon to check out Smith Crossing and the MacTaggart natural area just south of where I live. I spent a couple chilly hours painting this bend in Whitemud Creek until the shadows changed. There were quite a few chickadees flitting around and I got a couple good photos of a downy woodpecker that I am turning into an ink drawing. It was hard working with the acrylics in the chill, even if it was above zero. My palette was explored by some sleepy spiders and then I packed up and went for a walk.
I walked for a bit in the MacTaggart sanctuary across the road. It was quiet and dim, although there were quite a few people taking advantage of the late autumn weather. The grasses were tall and gold, and there were some alarmingly splintered trees fallen across the trail -- probably due to the summer windstorms. I didn't see any moose. I always hope to see moose, although they're dangerous and I'm not sure that seeing one would be in my best interest.
I can see how that area would be lovely to paint in the spring. I will also probably head out there in the new year to see what wildlife is hanging around. In the meantime, here is a painting of Smith Crossing, done in earth tones and chromium oxide green. Something different to end the year with.
Acrylic on hardboard, 9x12".