Jan Kirkpatrick painting

During a September painting retreat in the Bugaboo Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, some dedicated plein air artists were transported via helicopter to spectacular painting sites. “It may not have been extreme in the sense of putting ourselves at risk, but it was totally awesome,” reports Jan Kirkpatrick.

 The plein air artists painting the granite peaks in the Bugaboo Mountains

“On each day of the trip with Robert Genn and Liz Wiltzen, we traveled to two locations to paint,” Jan Kirkpatrick recalls. “In the evenings we returned to the comfortable lodging and enjoyed a fine meal. The Canadian Mountain Holidays’ Bugaboo Lodge was home base for this three-day/four-night adventure, and I stayed on another three days to hike the fantastic granite-peaked mountains. Believe me, it was a trip of a lifetime.” The Bugaboos are a mountain range in the Purcell Mountains of Eastern British Columbia. For more information, visit www.canadianmountainholidays.com, www.bugaboo-tens.com, and www.jankirkpatrick.net.


  1. Minor correction: artists participating in the 2011 Adirondack Plein Air Festival received 90% of the proceeds of any sales.


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