Category Archives: animal

Pigs Love Christmas Too

Pigs Love Christmas Too!The reason that this little oinker is so on board with the Christmas thing (to the point of helping out with the decorating!)  is, of course, that she knows she’s unlikely to be on the menu.  Her least favourite holiday is probably Easter, which we won’t mention right now, OK.  Let her enjoy her Christmas.

Starry Night Bison

These days it’Starry Night Bisons so dark, and when it’s clear enough there are so many stars, which we we cling to for comfort.  For me, the season  conjures totemic images surrounded by darkness and light.  Today’s painting came with more struggle than usual.  Nothing seemed quite right to me till this bison came to mind. A sacred animal of First Nations People, he symbolizes abundance, and yet we see how vulnerable he was to our arrival on this continent.  Let us be ever mindful of our power to eradicate even such great power and abundance.

Today’s painting is #600 in my daily painting enterprise, which began on Jan 1, 2010.  It feels like quite a landmark, and that’s one reason I wanted to have a more symbolic painting than usual today.  I did miss a few days over the 2 years, and sometimes I posted photography, sometimes larger works I was creating, but mostly I managed to do a painting-a-day!  600 paintings and 50,000 hits on my blog really feels like an amazing feat.  I truly thank all of you who have come along with me, and I hope you’ll continue to do so.  Who knows where this is going?



The weather warmed upn for a few days and Her Highness waas out playing “Jungle CatPouncer” and other games.  It’s incredible how evolution has prepared these animals to hunt; like how these stripes blend with the grass, and how the face shape enhances her razor vision. Not usre of the value of the extravagance of tail….or how about that paunch?!  I’m glad though that she has a good life, and wish the same were true for all animals.

Talking Possum

This cat has lost her marbles lately.  After  wakening me  from deep sleeps last night because she figured she wanted to be out rather than in, she then spent the day imposing her will upon me as well! When I try to ignore her, this beseeching look along with loud plaintive wails, soon have me hustling to do her bidding.  Not sure when she stopped being my cat and I started being her bell hop. 

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

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. 

Truckin’ on Through

Remember Bruce’s Beautiful Broncs, one of my “dailies” from late summer? Well this is them again.  Pacing with nervous energy in the morning before the rodeo, they bunch together like the herd animals they are, the air absolutely crackling with their collective power.  Horses rock.

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

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


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