What a wonderful day spent in the company of 10 other students and instructor, Doug Levitt, painting a landscape in oils using the "alla prima" method. I felt moved to paint a big sky using a photo I'd taken last summer on a visit out to the Big Rock as my reference. The landscape is stunning at every turn from this location, just west of Okotoks - the Big Rock to the east, the Rocky Mountains to the west and to the north, this expansive view. The studio session leaves me with a good start on a piece that will hopefully convey the sense of magnificent clouds in their many formations. My goal was to try to create a "big" feeling on a smallish canvas (18 x 14). It's a great exercise and I have much to learn, but capturing larger than life subject matter in paint is a challenge as there simply is no canvas big enough for the absolute beauty. We paint so that we can share moments with viewers and hopefully convey the mood in the grandeur.