Monday, November 27, 2017

Bob Krysak Watercolour Cards-Canadian Rockies

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Five Senses-Canadian Rockies

"The Five Senses"
Life is an interesting journey. I remember the day, 3 months ago, when I decided to have the art show, "The Five Senses". Since that day, I have spent hundreds of hours thinking, planning and creating. Many nights I was up until 1 a.m., painting and listening to CKUA or Radio Paradise.

The show is now in the rear view mirror, it is past history. It was a success in many ways. First off, it was great to see many friends and meet new ones. It was gratifying to see people talking about a piece I had created. It was a validation of my work, to have a few pieces find new homes. It was rewarding to see people excited about the new piece of art they had acquired. It was humbling and an honor to have so much help from my family, friends and sponsors.

I would like to thank my partner in life Nancy, and son Robson, for all their help and understanding these past few months, as I created in my studio. Also, thanks to them for their help during the show.
Thank you to my friends Tony and Anne, Connie and Tom, Lynne and Bill, Murray and Annie and Casey and Hannah, who all helped with setup, were there during the show, and with tear down.

Thank you to Mandi, Jane and Eamonn who entertained us with wonderful, live music.

The show would not have been a success without the help and support of our sponsors.
Thank you to Brian and Katherine Smythe of Chalet Grocery and Tunnel Mountain Beer and Wine, Norm and Martin from The Banff Roasting Company, Matt and Keith from Wildlife Distillery, and Germaine from Bare Bistro. Also, thank you to Patti's Pantry from Banff who catered the event.

It is said the journey is more important than the destination. In this case, the show, the destination was of most importance. I would like to thank all of those who purchased my paintings and cards. With your help, I am able to make a sizable donation to the YWCA.

In closing, I would like to thank Connie MacDonald, CEO of the YWCA in Banff.  Connies offering of a venue and help with marketing etc. helped to make the show a success. A long time friend, Connie works tirelessly for improvement of life for many in the Bow Valley.

Robert Krysak

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Five Senses-Canadian Rockies

The Five Senses
Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch
This is the name of my Art Show this Friday, November 17th, 6-9 pm in Banff, in the YWCA Great Room

Sight- There will be a collection of 34 of my paintings, plus 25 etchings and sketches and 12 of my cards created from paintings.

Sound- Live music from Mandi and Jane. As well sounds of wolves howling, a Winter storm and the sounds of the sea.

Smell- There will be gentle fragrance of appetizers from Patties Pantry, fresh brewed coffee from Norm at the Banff Roasting Company and hints of cedar and pine in the air.

Taste- Wine donated by Brian and Katherine Smythe from Tunnel Mountain Beer & Wine and Chalet Grocery, granola bars from Bare Bistro, Vodka from Matt Widmer from Wildlife Distillery and coffee from Norm at Banff Roasting Company.

Touch- The cold, sharp feeling of rock, the edgy texture of a pine cone, the soft, smooth feel of stones from a river, the feeling of bark from a tree.....there will be many things to pick up and enjoy.

If you are in the area please stop by.

Robert Krysak

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grizzly-Canadian Rockies

It's snowing lightly in the mountains today. I'm wearing a flannel shirt to ward off the chill in the air. My coffee cup has a fresh brew in it, and I'm listening to CKUA radio. Life is good.

I completed "Grizzly" yesterday. As I look at it closeup, I remember all the brush strokes, the testing of colour, the thought process as the painting grew before my eyes.

I'm putting my brushes down for the rest of the week. My art show, "The Five Senses", is this Friday in Banff. Lots of preparation to make sure it is a success. I hope people like "Grizzly".

Robert Krysak

Watercolour on Canvas
12" x 36"

Monday, November 13, 2017

Grizzly-Canadian Rockies

The Grizzly is growing on the canvas. As I add layers of Sepia, a very dark staining colour, the Grizzly appears before me. I use a couple of brushes that look like fans. When used, there are multiple brush tips that dance across the canvas. My goal is to replicate the furry coat that a Grizzly has.

It's mid November in the mountains. As my Grizzly grows on the canvas, the real Grizzlies are bedding down for the Winter.

Robert Krysak

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Grizzly-Canadian Rockies

I live on the edge of a wildlife corridor on the edge of town in Banff, Alberta. Wildlife encounters is a part of daily life. We have elk, deer, cougars, coyotes and wolves passing by regularly. I have only seen a Grizzly bear twice behind our home, in 20 years of living here.

In my life playing in the mountains, I have always felt a closeness to the Grizzly bear. In some ways I feel it is one of my spirit animals. I have seen it's fresh paw prints in the mud and in the snow. I have come across large piles of steaming bear crap at trails edge. Numerous times I have seen Grizzly from the window of my car as it grazes in the long grass at the edge of the forest.

I have created quite a few paintings for my upcoming art show, November 17th, in Banff. Many are local scenes that I hope people will enjoy. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and paint Grizzly. A new challenge, something for me.

My first task is to lay down some layers of color in lighter tones. I want to try and capture the look of the coat of the Grizzlies fur.

The gauntlet is down.

Robert Krysak

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mt. Assiniboine Sunrise-Canadian Rockies

Sometimes when you are painting you totally dive can't stop until it is completed. That is what has happened with Mt. Assiniboine Sunrise. I layer in more of my blue mixture to capture shadow and the cold rock and ice. I then begin layering on the rock with Sepia. A rich, dark staining colour, it really brings out the contrast in the morning light, the cool ice and the morning sky.

I paint layer after layer of Sepia. I find it is very important to step back and look at the painting from different distances and angles.
When I am satisfied it is complete, I sign my name.

Mt. Assiniboine Sunrise
Watercolour on Canvas
30" x 24"