Category Archives: nostalgia

Teapot Sill Life

When we were young and working in Calgary, my sister and I lived together. This  teapot was a birthday gift she gave to me at that time.  Now 30 years later it is still my favourite teapot, used for special occasions.  This week, I had company who brought these flowers.  We had tea, and I’d bought groceries, thus the avocado on the cupboard.  All these events coincided in a “found still life” on my kitchen cupboard.
 

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Sundown Barn

No painting for you today…too many projects happening and not enough time!  it felt really weird not to paint…or even DRAW today!  Instead lots of computer time, which I swear rots my brain!  
This photo is from my latest cross-country road trip…that gravel road I’d never taken before, which heads straight east at Rolling Hills and winds up in the middle of nowhere.  I love it.  And Look at the beautiful barn I found.  Remember this story next time you want to take the pavement instead of the gravel!

Corner of Canyon & Delgado

A few years ago, I was blessed enough to be given an Artist’s Residency in a lovely old adobe compound on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  It truly was a magical experience in a mystical town. Just up the street from my studio was the corner of Delgado Street, with the most intriguing and delightful adobe home ever.  I always wondered about the history of the place, (of that entire area of town actually) and wished I’d lived there 100, or even 200 years ago.

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Mystic Bison

Recently I posted a photo of Porter’s buffalo which this “daily” is inspired by, but I wanted to add a little symbolism to suggest the power of these incredible animals.  
The seven dots in the border represent the stars of the big dipper and the new moon is for possibilities. Representing the fragility of life and it’s beauty is the butterfly……..OR you can assign whatever meanings suggest themselves to you!

SOLD
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In His Shoes 6

Remember that closet  I was cleaning out? Well what did I find but some little old runners from my son’s childhood. He probably wore these when he was about 5 years old. It seems like last year to me, and yet things are so different. The shoes he wears now are very grown up ones indeed.
 What is it about shoes that is so evocative of the person who wore them…especially tattered  ones like these.

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Down at the Heel

Well, here I am in Maple Creek, having a great time with old friends and new…SO much fun that there’s scarcely time to paint.  When I finally got around to it & got my drawing banged out, I came to discover that I’d left home with everything I needed except my paint!!!!  So off I go to my friend Mary’s tonight;  we shared her studio, had a visit and I borrowed her palette. Phew. I got my daily done, after already missing 2 days this week.  I think it’s become if not an addiction, a compulsion!

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Echodale Farmhouse

I’ve been trying to get to Echodale all summer, and finally made it today. AFTER all the animals are gone, and there’s no-one baking bread in the kitchen or hammering out horse shoes in the blacksmith shop! Darn it anyhow. 
 It was very beautiful though, and quiet.  I was able to sit and do a little sketchy painting of the old log house and enjoy the absolutely perfect weather.  I wandered about and enjoyed the flowers and the sight and sound of the S. Saskatchewan River sliding by. Hope you all enjoyed your Labour Day weekend as much as I did. 

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Farmstead and the Rockies

 This is one of the scenes I encountered this weekend on my travels to a family wedding. Another abandoned farmstead stands in a sea of wheat, presided over by the rusting old wind mill.  Such a nostalgic and now a very common sight! 

Imagine coming here a century or more ago to find the pristine spot this must have been, and carving out your livelihood, and community in such a place and at such a time. 

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Flowers & Pickles

 If you grew up in a rural environment and in my generation, then you know what August was all about! We would can and freeze, butcher,  harvest and pickle every garden and farm product we had on the place! Amongst all that we’d be making meals for our sizable family plus the haying crew or the combiners, depending on the year, along with whoever else showed up.  By the end of those summer days (some times around midnight) we’d  swear we never wanted to cook another meal, or wash another dish!
 No wonder I can’t let summer go by without making a few pickles at the very least. I did a dozen jars of dills last evening,(I was finished long before midnight) and this was the still life I “found” on my cupboard this morning.  

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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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