Southern Alberta Landscape Art
Paintings in Soft Pastel & Watercolour
Soft Pastel Art by Lynda Baxter
Lynda Baxter can best be described as a ‘frustrated artist’, but her new found love with soft pastels is changing all of that!
In her early 20's she began to paint in watercolours, while living in the awe inspiring area of Swan Hills in Northern Alberta. She would travel the cut lines and back roads taking source pictures to paint. The landscape provided her with inspiration for the hills and trees in the areas, as well as abandoned vehicles and old barns which were also high on her list to paint. She started to paint weekly with the well known and loved, Gerry Kruse from Barrhead Alberta, trying to learn her famous painting style of the Swan Hills scenery. She continued to take lessons with the very talented Sharon Lynne Williams who also lived there in the early 1980's.
Painting in watercolour was exciting! The techniques she learned and the love of the scenery captured her heart. She'd have solo shows in the local library and sell Swan Hill scenes to those leaving town or upon their retirement. Old, rusty abandoned trucks and decrepit falling down wooden structures, are other subjects she enjoys to paint. When Sharon moved to Calgary, Lynda took over teaching small groups in watercolour with the continuing education program.
What can I say! Soft pastels are my new love. The vibrant colours, the silky smooth way they go on the paper, oh, and the choices of paper you can get! Tinted, sanded with different grits, and of course, I can use my watercolours with clear gesso and make my own!
I am trying all kinds of different subject matter these days!! Trying to keep an open mind and paint all things I love. I call it Potpourri, and it has me covered!! From snowmen to Volkswagens, buildings and animals.. this one is going to be interesting to keep checking back!!
Living in Southern Alberta, we're surrounded by farm land, the Porcupine Hills and of course, endless BIG SKIES!! I'm constantly looking out the window, running for my camera and taking shots of the most spectacular sunsets! I do catch the odd sunrise...
I believe my favourite subject to paint is water!! Ocean waves, creeks, even water laying in our ditch on the way down Township 112 has beauty to me. Do I wish we lived closer to a forested creek, or even the ocean? YES.
"The eye should not be lead to where there is nothing to see." ~ Robert Henry
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”
– Edward Hopper
“Creativity takes courage.”
– Henri Matisse
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
“The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.”
– Claude Monet