Category Archives: gravel roads

Hens @ Dorothy

The last time I was through the little hamlet of Dorothy on the Red Deer River, I found this little clutch of red hens, free-ranging it out amongst the sagebrush.  When I find scenes like this, I get that powerful nostalgic feeling that hankers for an older, simpler time. Meanwhile, I’m checking my smartphone to see if I have any emails.   
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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.  

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Does anyone else feel absolutely distressed and offended by the gargantuan power lines they’re installing across the prairies, or is it just me?  Maybe everybody felt that way when these ones went up about 75 years ago.  Maybe not though; everyone was probably pretty excited at the idea of electricity.  And now these old poles are so much a part of every landscape that we’re oblivious to them.
It’ll be a frosty day you-know-where when we’re blind to the monstrosities that are going up now….or maybe they won’t show up much amongst all the other sprawl and corruption we’ll have created by then. 

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Serenade of the Sweetgrass

One ranch belonging to part of the extended family lies right on “The Medicine Line”…the border between Alberta and Montana, and this is their view of the Sweetgrass Hills at sunset.  In the foreground is the sagebrush dotted horse pasture…….. and there’s a whole lot of miles between the two!
I like a country where a person can get a look at the view.

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Bully For You!

This guy was standing beside the road over in Saskatchewan one day.  He sure thinks he’s pretty, and I guess we’ll all agree.  I used a little of my abstract tactics with this one…giving cartoon edges jumping up the colour with the felt pens. Why not!? 

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Along the Hoodoo Trail, 3

Obviously I’m working in “series” these days, and this is me pushing the envelope on abstraction….again.  I really am attached to the outside edges of things and accuracy and a feeling of volume in my work.  I keep telling myself to push the colour and simplify shapes.  Again in this one I used pen & ink and Faber-Castell coloured felt pens along with a little watercolour.  Badlands on “roids”.

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Along the Hoodoo Trail 2

Fond remembrances of the colourful and dramatic landscape of the Red Deer River valley near Drumheller. We have such beautiful wild rivers in Alberta and each one has  badlands, spectacular deep valleys, or gentle wooded flats. Some have all of these.  Get out this summer and spend some time in the company of one of our rivers.
 
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Forgotten

When my Aunt relocated to a new farm yard, this relic of that farm’s early days was left out in the pasture below the corrals.  Unlike today’s fiber glass and plastic vehicles, this one will gradually return to the earth from which it was made. Unless someone comes along and restores it. 

Again, I used only my flat brush for this one.  Can you tell?  It’s really fun and I think I’m less inclined to “over work”.  

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Caprock on the S. Saskatchewan

Today I went out into the landscape to do my daily painting “en plein aire”.
My good friends have a ranch on the S. Saskatchewan river, west of the Hat. The river banks are huge, steep and spectacularly eroded, this huge cap rock being typical.  It teeters on top of clay banks which, because of their much softer composition, have eroded away beneath it leaving this precarious situation.
 It was a perfect day; meadowlarks singing, wildflowers nodding in the breese, and nothing to do but immerse myself!

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Holding up the Sky

 

Today you get a photo….this from my road trip last week. The old elevator at Dorothy, which I’ve painted for this blog already, has such grace and  “presence” standing alone beside the road on the sagebrush dotted river flat….right where it’s been standing for probably a century. 

  The colours were so great this day; such soft light and the way the silvery sky blends into the old silvery wood just seems so….elegant.