Category Archives: gravel roads

Winery In the Hills

 Marty and Marie Bohnet, owners of the Cypress Hills Winery, truly subscribe to the “if you build it, they will come” school of business. They built this oasis of loveliness in the middle of pretty much no-where, and in a few short years it has become a destination for thousands, an award-winning business and a genuine vineyard on the Canadian Prairies.
If you haven’t been there yet….GO.
You won’t be sorry.   

If you’d like to own this original watercolour, email Gena with your bid today! gena03@telusplanet.net Minimum bid $100 (plus gst and shipping). First bid, or highest bid wins the painting.

Nantons’s Skyline

As you all know, I was in Nanton for the Ranch Rodeo this w/e, and as always I enjoyed their beautiful row of elevators.  Every town in S. Alberta used to have a similar skyline, but them days are over……except in Nanton for some reason, where they stand sturdy, freshly painted, and apparently operational.
 My nostalgia-meter goes ballistic, and I have to take a few minutes to just sit and enjoy.

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Hail Mary

Our summer skies have an entirely different personality from winter, the cloud structure being the difference.  We never see these towering thunderheads in winter, nor the devastation of the hail that often comes hurling down out of them.  Still, they are breathtaking from a distance.  I love the roiling, sullen layers of navy blue, transforming up into creamy, billowing crowns of  purest white, with subtle variations of colour and light on every level.

If you’d like to own this original watercolour, email Gena with your bid today! gena03@telusplanet.net Minimum bid $100 (plus gst and shipping). First bid, or highest bid wins the painting.

Meadowlark @ Writing-On-Stone

Bear with me people I got really close to a meadowlark down at Writing-on-Stone earlier this month.  Normally they won’t let you within a country mile, but this little guy just sat on his post and did that trilling chirrrp they do, and let me take as many photos as I wanted.  So brace yourselves,  you’ll be seeing more meadowlarks.  Did I say they’re my favourite bird?  

 If you’d like to own this original watercolour, email Gena with your bid today! gena03@telusplanet.net Minimum bid $100 (plus gst and shipping). First bid, or highest bid wins the painting.

Sweetgrass and the Milk

This was painted on the ridge overlooking the campground at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park. These distinctive hills string themselves in lumps and bumps all along “The Medicine Line” (the American border) like chunks of lapis on a chain.  When the flat plain they rest on plunges into the hoodoos and sandstone of the Milk River’s basin, you have the stuff of legend.
 There have been a lot of legends created in this wild landscape, but that’s for another day.  

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Down On the Milk

 There’s some trail riding being done down on the Milk River at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park this weekend.  I go every year at this time and have such a great time there, camping and being with horses and friends.  For Canada Day, I choose to celebrate by hugging a hoodoo…..what did YOU do?

If you’ve never explored this part of the province, go! There are many treasures to be found…..there are more petroglyphs found here than anywhere else in North America, and no wonder with all those fabulous rock walls to carve on!
I did a scratchy little painting there today and will share it with you tomorrow….it’s too late tonight to get a decent photo of it.
Happy Canada Day to all!

Pansies for the Porch

Last week when we went to the ranch for the branding, there on the front porch among the assorted spurred up boots, were these perky little pansies.  Trust my cousin Kerrie to have everything so beautiful.  She’s from a long line of famous gardeners and cooks.  

SOLD
 
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Nanton Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks are, next to sunflowers, the toughest and most resilient of plants. These were growing and blooming in a back alley in Nanton last summer.  They were up against a white brick wall growing in hard-packed sand and gravel.  I’m sure nobody watered them or gave them a moment of TLC, yet there they were. Such resourcefulness and optimism should be rewarded, so here’s a portrait to commemorate them!

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The Wind_ painting stage

 I dithered quite awhile; looking at photos of wild skies and at the gloomy, heavy sky outside my windows!  Finally had to get at it.  I found a 2″ flat brush and started in with the orange and yellow across the mid sky, and dragged purple and blue in below that, down through the horses, to the horizon. Fun…and stressful! Banged in some grass while it was damp so that the horizon wouldn’t have too many hard edges.

Now for the big racing black cloud overhead.  I slopped in a ton of paint, and then I mixed green and poured it over top and let it run.  Then orange along the bottom edge, and flung in with my brush.  Yikers. I think I’m ruining it, but we won’t know till it’s finished, will we.

When the Wind Gets Up- Drawing Stage

 I’m working on a new 16 X 20 piece, and here’s where we’re at with it.  I was out at my friend’s ranch, painting the river cliffs, and their horses ran along side my truck on the way in.  The sky that day was flat and grey, so I need a different sky.  I drew the horses and decided on the horizon line, and then covered the horses with masking tape so that I can slop paint across behind them and not paint  them out!  I want  a really wild sky and have been agonizing over what that should look like; scared I”ll wreck a nice drawing.  Today I procrastinated, had 2 batches of company and then went to work, so I managed to avoid a decision so far. We’ll see how I do tomorrow.