Thursday, March 22, 2012

Looking for the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

There is so much beauty right at our doorstep, we just have to take the time to look, hence the title Looking for the Extraordinary in the Ordinary  I painted this oil over another painting that I wasn't quite happy with, although it portrays the same lake that I spent many wonderful times at with family and friends.  I have spoken before of how it is one of the two "True Blue Lakes" left in the world today.  Rumour has it that Bill Gates dropped down in his Lear jet at the airport beside Clearwater Lake and hired a guide to spend the afternoon out on the water, reading a book will some of the biggest lake trout around swam around beneath the boat! A number of years ago I watched a CBC documentary by Pamela Wallin where she interviewed Bill Gates about his Foundation and interest in providing a computer in every public library in North America.  I convinced the local librarian to contact the Foundation and lo and behold they were given a brand new computer!  Thanks Bill.  He truly is quite a philanthropist.  A number of years ago I painted a much smaller version of this 30 x 36 in. piece.  After watching the National Geographic show "The Big Melt" I am concerned that scenes such as this may soon be a thing of the past, at least for a few thousand years!


Jane said...

You captured the unspoiled nature of this place, really looks like a wonderful and peaceful spot. Greatly painted!

Darrell Baschak said...

Yes Jane, it is a very peaceful spot. I have spent many memorable times here, as a child and adult. Thanks for coming by again!

Richard Baschak said...

Bruder, so I remember hopping between the existing ice on an April day similar to this, and the reds of those rocks. I'm especially pleased by the blue you choose in the foreground....Clearwater water eh!