16 August, 2015 found me exploring Hoodoos Trail, southeast of Drumheller, Alberta, with my sister Karen Rathbun. The day was sunny and windy, and the desert landscape searingly bright. Wind and rain and frost are wearing away the softer rock and clay, leaving standing shapes protected by "hats" of harder rock.
This kind of rock formation has yielded many important discoveries of dinosaur bones from the Cretaceous period. In places the surface appeared finely crusty and granular. This layer, we learned from one of the interpretive signs along the trail, becomes very slippery when wet - we would not have been able to climb about among the hoodoos if it had recently rained!
A little off the trail, I found a scene simple enough to paint in the short time we had, with a short, mushroom-like pedestal to sit upon, tethering my umbrella (a necessary piece of equipment in the blazing sun) to the low, table-like formation in front of me. Karen sat beside me as I painted quickly. Children, followed by their moms and dads, appeared and disappeared from view among the standing shapes as several families enjoyed the weather-carved landscape.
Dear supporters and patrons of my art,
This 5 x 8 inch original oil painting "Hatless Hoodoos" is at the "That's Empressive Gallery" in Empress, Alberta, and is available for $350. If you would like to purchase it, please e-mail Pat Donaldson or phone 403-565-0009