Probably the main perk of being a lodge owner is the opportunity to share our mountain lodge with other like-minded mountain people. Of course, we are all drawn to the mountains to ski, but many folks also use their time in the mountains as a source of inspiration for their artistic pursuits. Our northern latitude provides us with beautiful lighting at both ends of the day, especially the evening alpenglow.
One of our groups, which has been coming for over 15 years, includes the very talented watercolour artist, Suze Woolf. Although Suze is an avid skier,
she also finds inspiration in the mountain environment at Dezaiko and elsewhere, to produce beautiful watercolour paintings of the landscapes around her. Suze always brings her painting supplies and usually skis with her sketching book to enable her to quickly capture the main proportions of her subject. She also photographs many images to help her fill in the details when she returns to the lodge
She usually returns to the lodge a couple of hours before the rest of the group so that she has lots of room to spread out her paints and create her paintings. The afternoon light coming in the dining room window is also perfect for painting.
I am not very artistic, but I love watching how her paintings evolve. The rough pencil sketches that Suze comes in with, lead to each successive colour getting added in a particular order, and then dried in front of the fire, to create the finished painting.
Suze has a loose goal of completing a painting a day, but that often depends on how inspirational the lighting is and of course, how good the skiing is! I have seen her, no doubt in a release of pent up artistic energy after skiing for three days in a row, complete three incredible paintings in one day!
On the last evening of their ski week, the group is treated to an exhibit of the week’s paintings. We all enjoy a glass of wine while discussing the paintings, which day and where they were viewed from, and choosing favourites. Suze has generously gifted one of her paintings to Dezaiko Lodge and several guests have purchased paintings of their favourite
My favourite painting from this past season is Alpenglow on Wrex.
Wrex is an iconic peak in our operating area. The view is from the lodge area, with the foreground already in shadow and the peak behind kissed by the last of the day’s sun at around 5 pm in February. I try to time my outdoor shower to take in this view.
If you’d like to view some of the paintings from last season at Dezaiko, or some of her other beautiful landscape paintings, check out Suze’s website.
Owner, Dezaiko Lodge
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Throughout the month of November the BLBCA and True Outdoors presented Backcountry 101 Clinics at four local True Outdoors locations. The free sessions offered attendees a chance to learn mountain safety from a veteran backcountry professional, as well as see some of the latest in backcountry gear and avalanche safety gear.
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