The Rockies

February 01, 2017

Here are some paintings from a plein air painting trip in The Rockies, from over a year ago now…

Evening Light in the Rockies, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Evening Light in the Rockies, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas (c)2015 Justin Beckett

Low Point at Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Low Point at Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas (c)2015 Justin Beckett

Towards Mount Chephren, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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Edge of the Icefields, Evening, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Edge of the Icefields, Evening, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas (c)2015 Justin Beckett

Mount Thompson, Through the Forest, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Mount Thompson, Through the Forest, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas (c)2015 Justin Beckett

On the Side of Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

On the Side of Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas - (c)2015 Justin Beckett

Facing Wapta Icefield, Along Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Facing Wapta Icefield, Along Bow Lake, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas (c)2015 Justin Beckett

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River View at Port Royal

January 29, 2015

River View at Port Royal, 30 x 40 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

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Back From The Rockies

November 07, 2014

Not long ago I went on yet another painting trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, surrounded by spectacular mountains at a epic scale, words cannot describe their beauty. For approximately one week, myself and a painter friend, scurried around searching for the best painting spots within the vast forest, and mountains, using the limited time we had. We managed to get some complete and come home with many wonderful memories. For the most part the weather gods were nice to us, until the last day the rain came upon us. Although, as a plein air painter, you learn to love all of the elements.

Some photos and the completed plein air paintings below:

At Bow Lake, found a open spot in all the bush…

A painting from the area:

Bow Lake, Towards Bow Glacier, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

Managed to spend all day on this lovely mountainside…

A painting from the area:

Peyto Peak, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

Started this one earlier, and it was getting late, but managed to finish this one, keeping a third eye open for Grizzlies…

A painting from the area:

Along Athabasca River, 9 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Canvas


The final painting of the trip, as I started the weather was fluctuating, and the clouds were continuously changing fast. By the time I was in the flow, it decided to rain, and got very windy, by this point I had to hide under my easel hoping that it would pass. My painting was melting and it wasn’t looking like there was much hope. But I was wrong, the storm passed, and I managed to finish my painting.

Passing Storm, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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Back From Yellow Point

August 08, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini painting trip with a painter friend to Yellow Point, B.C, a small little town within Vancouver Island. The first day we set out, we found a little cliffside along the water, underneath a forest roof, as the weather was changing a great deal. And sure enough once we began, it began to rain, fluctuating between downpour and slight mist. Although the rain didn’t stop us, and we were quite comfortable underneath the roof of the forest. Surprisingly staying quite dry. As we got into the flow of things, within minutes the bright morning view we began to paint shifted into a harsh fog gliding across the horizon of the ocean, and completely graying everything out, to intense light beaming through the clouds within the distance. But, we stuck with it, and mother nature gave us a chance. By this point, things became quite tranquil and all you could hear was the rain drops puttering on the forests roof, with the trees blowing hard, and a horse calling out in the distance, we even had the company of a blue heron. We managed to both finish up strong and head back to camp before nightfall.

The second day mother nature was a little more kind to us, we set out early again to paint, scurrying our way along the rocks of the coastline to quickly find a spot to set up. My friend decided to play it safe and find a spot under the shade of some trees. While I continued on along the rocks until I found the perfect spot, being inspired by endless possibilities along the way. The tricky part is to just choose one. I ended up setting up between a gap in some bumpy rocks. I somehow tend to get myself in tricky spots when plein air painting. As I was out in the open with no cover I was getting a little nervous it was going to downpour as we had another gray day, and the tide was coming in too, so I had to work fast. With not so many disturbances I managed to finish up, before I was trapped by the tide, which later came in pretty close to me, eating up half of the view I was painting.

Day One:

Taking cover within the forest, as the rain begins…

A painting from the area:

Under the Forest Rooftops, Yellow Point, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

Day Two:

My painter friend, set up in the shade under the trees…


Setting up on the coastline, getting ready to paint

The final painting from the area:

On the Coastline, Yellow Point, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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Near Whirlpool Lake, Bugaboos

May 06, 2014

Near Whirlpool Lake, Bugaboos, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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Low Point, Thunder Water Lake, Bugaboos

April 16, 2014

Low Point, Thunder Water Lake, Bugaboos, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – NFS

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Side of the Spire, Bugaboos

April 04, 2014

Side of the Spire, Bugaboos, 24 x 36 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

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Bridge Lake

April 03, 2014

Bridge Lake, 18 x 24 inches, Acrylic on Canvas

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Back From The Bugaboos

November 17, 2013

Recently I went on a painting trip with Robert Genn and many other amazing and talented fellow painter companions to the great out of doors within the Bugaboos, we got helicoptered in to spectacular areas words can not describe, for 5 days straight, we were flown in between massive mountain peaks, covered in glowing golden specular sunlight, over glacier fed lakes, snowy cliff banks and massive glaciers.  We landed on the sides of the tallest mountain peaks, in wide open beautiful flower covered meadows with tremendous mountains surrounding us in a 360 degree view all around.

We were flown on top of glaciers and dropped off to paint, faced by the harsh winds, and cold temperatures, but the glistening light reflecting off the snow banked mountains and ever changing atmosphere captured our attentions and made us forget of such things. We sat in front of lakes, with mountains scaled to a size no one can describe, no sense of scale can be captured within a photograph nor painting, but one must experience for their own, the true essence of mother natures beauty, for here she is in front of our eyes.

Here are some photos as well as a couple plein air paintings for now from the trip, I will update with more paintings from this trip soon.

Sitting on the edge of a boulder on top of a glacier, the winds were strong at this location and it was exceptionally cold, the light changed dramatically every so often.

Up in the helicopter, scouting for painting spots.

Dropped off on the edge of mountains for the day, picked up at night, we are left alone with our thoughts and our paintings, and a great array of compositional arrangements awaiting us.

Me vs The Spire, a start of a painting, had to pack up early as a storm was brewing, climbed up a cliff to get to this point, a few steps backwards would have not went well, and the finishing results below:

Bugaboo Spire From Tamarack Glen, 14 x 18 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – NFS

And the great Master himself, Robert Genn, one to be remembered. One of the greatest humans I know.

Dropped off in a near by meadow, mountains surrounded us 360 degrees all around, as well as a couple glacier fed lakes and streams.

Captured by her beauty, Thunder Water Lake needs to be captured with full energy.

Chatting with a fellow painter friend, possibly talking about sleeping under that giant rock and never leaving this place. Or maybe some painterly jibber jabber.

A painting from the area:

Synergy At Thunder Water, Bugaboos, 12 x 16 inches, Acrylic on Canvas – NFS

Lost in my own inspirational world, in the distance, past the meadows and the streams.

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Windy Day on Galiano

October 08, 2013

Windy Day on Galiano, 18 x 24 inches, Oil on Canvas

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