Category Archives: Cypress Hills

Bull Trail October

Time for a landscape again; one of my favourite landscapes in the whole world.  This is heading south of Irvine, up the “Bull Trail” towards the Cypress Hills on a balmy October day.   SOLD

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Through Yellow Aspen

This felt very small today, after the big hummer!  But it gave me a chance to catch up on a few things around here…badly neglected things, trust me.
Hope you’re all having a creative and enjoyable weekend.  

 5″ X 8″ 140lb Fabriano

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East & West Aspen

 OK,  humor me with just one more aspen painting….this one with the same method as yesterday. 

This elegant little clump is on the East & West Ranch, where my Grandad and his brothers came in 1896.  These trees are almost at the top of the “bench”, the highest point in the Cypress Hills, and on the watershed for both the Missouri and the Hudson’s Bay systems. It’s comforting to go there and find this landscape pretty much as it was in 1896.

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FT. Walsh October II

I wasn’t content with yesterday’s aspen, so today I decided to just paint without doing a drawing at all.  I spritzed the area of the paper where the yellow of the aspen foliage would go and then  dropped in paint and let it bloom.  I built the rest of the painting around that.  I think I like it better.  How about you?

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Fort Walsh October

Fort Walsh in Cypress Interprovincial Park was the site of the first NWMP post and the pivotal point for law and order during the taming of our Canadian west.  In those days, this was a hive of activity, with the likes of the whiskey trader, settlers, and refugees from the American “Indian Wars” playing out their dramas. 

These days, it’s a tranquil and naturally  beautiful place to visit.

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Sundown @ Five Bends

Today’s project is a commission for a friend; the S. Saskatchewan River as it winds southeast towards Medicine Hat.  From the top of this hill, you can see 5 bends on the river, and the Cypress Hills, blue on the horizon.  As always, first I had to have a really good drawing.  The river breaks are complicated and if I try and paint them without knowing where the paint should go, I always wind up in a real mess. 
This is one of my favourite places to paint, and at sunset it is truly magic.

Grandma Armstrong

In the spirit of renewal, I’ve been going through mountains of old photos and turfing  the dead wood.  I came across one of my grandmother, and decided that I needed to paint her.
 Born in 1898,  she came to Canada from Missouri with her family when she was about 12. As a girl she was fun-loving and daring to the extent that she rode race horses.  She married  George Armstrong and ranched with him in the Cypress Hills where they raised their family. As grandparents there are none finer than the 2 of them. I marvel at the resilience of people of their generation; they were born into the horse-and-buggy era, yet lived to see the space shuttle. And they did so with wisdom and grace.

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The Last Day for Leaves

Today was the last day…..several hard frosts this week and now a warm chinooky day…… golden-clad trees are no longer what we’ll find.  There’s  a knee deep drift of newly fallen leaves on my driveway tonight. It’s dark at breakfast, dark by supper time. Everybody has pumpkins on their doorsteps, and we’ve gone from our favourite grilling recipes to stew and chili.  

Having said all that, I do love the changing seasons.  I know that our sometimes severe winters, shape our national psyche in ways many of us aren’t conciously aware of. So here we go, in to winter…..let’s embrace the season.

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Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

While most of you were preparing your Thanksgiving turkey, I was painting mine! It was a happy surprise to see these  wild (Merriam’s) turkeys out at Elkwater yesterday; we thought maybe the increased cougar population would be the end of them.  However, evidently they’re pretty wily….. and oh SO beautiful.

One thing I’m always thankful for is wildlife and wild places.  May we mindfully protect them both. 

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Big Sky Cows

On our way to Elkwater the other day, here were these comical and curious cows, grazing on the hillside, blissfully unaware that winter is on it’s way.  It was one of those hot,  chinooky fall days that will lull us all, cows included, into a sense of well-being.  As it turns out, that was probably the last hot day of 2011.  Glad I spent it well.

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