Category Archives: saddle horses

Tee’s New Romels

My friend Trent, a working cowboy and family man who loves competing at Ranch Rodeos, is also a rawhide braider.  Check out this incredible romel rein he just traded to his friend Tee, in exchange for a border collie pup!  If you’re unfamiliar with rawhide braiding, take my word for it, it is an incredibly complicated and difficult art form.  These reins are built of about 12 strands of finely cut rawhide strips (even this much of the process is difficult and time-consuming!) which are then tightly and beautifully woven into this exquisite heavy , yet lively on your horses mouth, rein.  The added knots, loops and popper on the end are all of themselves a challenge that not many people care to even try.  All I can say is….there must be a pretty special pedigree on that pup!

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Red Shield.

I seem to be in portrait mode these days, and here’s one I did before I left for the Ranch Rodeo at Nanton (in case you wondered where I’d gotten to).  This was another of the natives parading on Steven Ave. last week.  He has such a great face and I love the red shield.  Why don’t we white guys have great clothes, jewellery, beadwork and finery like this? 

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Sandstone & Sunshine

This is the scene of our camp at Writing-On-Stone. I know! It seems surreal, right?… with the towering walls of rock and the Who ville-like tops of the Sweetgrass Hills peeping over rugged coulees. A sacred place to the plains tribes, there really is a sense of mystery and magic here.  I’m so grateful we  recognise and preserve extraordinary places like this.

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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!

With the Wind

Betcha when I didn’t post this several days ago, you thought you’d seen the last of it…..that I’d thrown it in the garbage. Right!?   It was very polite of you not to ask. 
 It’s here, but I’m not delighted with it.  I may do it again, (hoping for different results) ….wait a minute, that’s the definition of insanity isn’t it? 

16 X 20″ on watercolour board

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.

Laura and Robert

A photo today…. spent time at a family branding over the past 2 days, and there’s no wireless internet there.  So I confess to taking a day off from painting!
  After a cold and windy week, we had a great day today.  The work got done, the food and company were fabulous, and as always the photo ops were sublime.  This is  my young friend Laura and her pal Robert, heeling calves.

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Broncs, Dust & Light

Well this makes day 2 with no painting, and I’m going through withdrawal!! Tomorrow doesn’t look a whole lot better.  SUCH a busy week, and I have new plans to show my work at Calgary during the last week of Stampede, at the Hyatt Hotel downtown, so am scrambling to get my work ready for that.It’ll be fun and exciting. 
In honour of that, here’s a photo from a day at Stampede Ranch last fall, with  cowboy, Cole Neely.  

Dale’s Roan

Back to my old approach tonight; a representational close up of my friend Dale’s beautiful roan gelding and his handmade gear. 

 How many ways can I paint a horse you might ask.  Just keep watching.  

5 X 7″ on 200lb paper  

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.