Stand of Lodgepole Pines

by Kathleen Sauerbrei
(Alberta, Canada)

Stand of Lodgepole pines

Stand of Lodgepole pines

Acrylics on canvas board. 14" X 18". On the way to Banff, Alberta Canada The curved base of the one tree is so rare. Lodgepole pines grow straight up, and only the top actually has any branches.

That this one eventually grew straight up is a wonder.

The hardest part for me was the gradient light on the pine needles and denoting the distances between the foreground and the back.

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Nov 20, 2007
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by: Mary Fraser

Hi,
I'll be so glad when Bob get's his artist's blog up so we can e-mail each other ..this is such an awkward way to do it. I now live in Montreal with my 37 yr old son who has a form of chronic leukemia. I visit Banff every few years for it is the home of my heart.
Theses trees were used for Tee Pee's by our 1st nation people. As for the Banff house I meant we had one, not that it was built with theses trees.... They're far too skinny. I too love Johbson's Canyon .. Have you ever seen the meadow at the end of the trail?..it's breathtaking and worth the long climb . Mary

Nov 19, 2007
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by: Dorothy, Carluke

Hi Kathleen.

I like your painting I can imagine myself walking through the trees which tower over me.

Are these trees felled and if so what are they used for. Is it for houses? Mary mentioned a Banff house.

Do you know that there is a Banff in the Scottish Highlands.

Regards,

Dorothy

Nov 19, 2007
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by: Angeline

Hi Kathleen,

Nice painting. I like the sun shining on the hill through the trees. Thank you for sharing this painting. You know why?

I am from the Netherlands and I made a roundtrip through Canada for over 5 weeks, in 2006, and I also stayed in Banff, and I also walked into Johnston Canyon.

Two months ago we made a trip from Calgary south to Glacier NP, Yellowstone and Grand Teton.

I always take a lot of photographs to use as an example for my paintings. But you are so lucky to have all those nice landscapes 'in your backyard'.

I have seen a lot of landscapes as you painted (and a lot of bears too) It is so beautiful! I hope to return some time.

Greetings from the Netherlands, and thank you again for sharing your painting.

Angeline Rijkeboer


Nov 19, 2007
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by: Anonymous

I am so happy to have given you good thoughts Mary.
I just love walking up towards Johnston's Canyon in the Fall. (which was where were headed the day I took the reference picture. Are you still in Canada?
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.They are Massive trees Betty. They had become almost extinct, so the province of Alberta began to replant them. They are massive and stand tall....90 to 150 feet in the air,
with their thatch of branches all on the top.
They were named after the "Lodges" the natives built, using them as the center pole..
They grow arrow straight, and the curved one is such a rarity!
Thanks both of you for your kind words.
~~Kathleen

Nov 19, 2007
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by: Mary Fraser

Oh, how I miss Banff.. Lived in Calgary growing up and we had a Banff house. Beautifully done for you took me back to my favorite playground.... Tunnel mountain. Small world. My child's name was Mary Ann Corley.

Nov 19, 2007
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lodgepole pines
by: betty

Well done, they look massive trees I love to see the art work of other places.

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