Ottawa has tons of bike paths all over the city. Some of the nicest are near the Ottawa canal. During the tulip festival it's quite spectacular.
I began this painting on a fairly textured ground, using a random (not very good) photo as a resource. I usually use a warm coloured oil ground underneath paintings, but this one was a vivid cobalt blue; giving it a bit of a mysterious cast as I blocked in the shapes. At some point it got an indian yellow glaze, and then I worked back into it after that... It's been fun developing the design intuitively, as I go along. It may get a few more tweaks, but I'm feeling good with it at this point.
I'm off to Ottawa in an hour or two, as I will be assisting my dad as he undergoes a hernia op for the next few days. Maybe I'll get out and get some more bike path photo resources while I'm there, I'm enjoying this new theme. I feel like it's been a long time since I worked on a new theme.