Category Archives: western lifestyle

The Leaders

Another breed of cat entirely from yesterday’s clydesdales, these are thoroughbreds, and the name says it all.  I dare anyone to find anything to compare with chuckwagon racing Rumble and Rollfor it’s value in thrilling action, fabulous horses, thundering speed, and dramatic stories. This is the lead team (there are 2 more hitched behind them) pulling their wagon onto the track for their heat in the races.  See you at the track next summer!

Reindeer Wannabe

Reindeer WannabeThis guy thinks it’s ridiculous that there are no job opportunities for horses such as himself on that North Pole run.  Not being someone who takes injustices lying down,  he’s disguised himself and is going to slip in there and see if anyone notices. ( Look at the sly look in his eye.)  So check it out in a day or two…see if you can see any outsized and oddly spotted reindeer in Santa’s line-up.

Laura’s Boots

Bright southern Alberta summer sunshine,  pansies in an old enamel jug, and Laura’s boots & spurs…..that’s my idea of a fine “found still Life.” I “found” it on branding day at the Q last June, and Laura got married a month or so later.  I think maybe this is the wedding present I’ve been trying to come up with for her and Scott.
SOLD

7 X 9″ on 200lb paper

Under Dusky Skies

Today’s painting isn’t a little one…this one is 8 X 16″ on watercolour board; the Q Ranch horses as they jog to the corrals the night before branding.
It’s such a treat to see horses in groups; they move together as if of one mind.  Add a wild sky and some waving prairie grass, and you have an dramatic story. 

Chet’s Pup

Well, here’s the portrait I did last week, before my portrait class.  What can be cuter than a child with a pup (and a cuter kid would be hard to find!…which which doesn’t hurt either). 
There were several elements that made this  a real challenge to paint, and when I see it here I feel it’s not finished yet.  However, for today, this is it!  



14 x 10″ on 300lb Fabriano

Drawing

Here’s a drawing I did earlier in the week, and NOW I’m at a portrait workshop.  Four days in Canmore with Liz Wiltzen. It really is a great life!  We drew all day today. Pencil on paper.  Too bad I didn’t know then what I learned today!  Will have to attempt this portrait of a child and a puppy again, once I have this workshop under my belt. 


14 X 10″ on 300lb Fabriano

Blue Duck

Here’s Blue Duck, one of the horses on my cousin’s ranch.  Don’t you just love the blue and purple! Those colours are no exaggeration; he really is this colour….. a real pastel painted pony.

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.

Celestial Ponies

Today I felt like playing.  I wanted a herd of running painted ponies, so that’s what I made.  Sometimes my pen & ink pieces have a cartoon-y look to them, especially if I draw them from my head instead of from a reference. I accentuated that with the funky pastel colours and splashy spots. Nothing like a play date for this artist to counter a cool, dull day. 

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.

Sitting Pretty

It was a “dog day” today.  Nothing but a dog would do.  So I did another portrait of my good friend Stu.  The day I met him, he was out & about with his person, Brenda, and there were no livestock around.  We wanted him to do his border collie “thing” and look all intense. All he could think to do was look pretty.  There was obviously no work to do!  So this is Stu with no horses to supervise or cattle to herd…..having a day off.  

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.

We’re Up Next-beginning stages

This is a piece I’ve been working on all week.  It’s large…30″ X 20″ and it’s been a challenge to draw.  However, we’re off and running now!
This was from a photo I took at the Ranch Horse Competition this summer, and I loved the body language of both cowboy and horse.  Though they are still, you can feel the intensity of the horseman as they wait their turn.  The horse though, seems to be saying “We’ll be fine man; just chill!”
 Will post the finished product when it’s ready.

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