Category Archives: historical buildings

Acequia Madre

One of my favourite places in Santa Fe is a very old household compound surrounded by ancient adobe walls, with an arched gate and heavy old handcarved doors depicting kachina dancers.  I lived close by and walked by there at every opportunity….the street is deliciously named “Acequia Madre” which, in Spanish means “Mother of all Ditches”. As if all of that isn’t enough, the adobe walls include these slate shelves with an alcove, and exquisitely beautiful old Indian jars full of geraniums.  It’s almost too much to bear…all these delights in one place. 
Only in Santa Fe. 

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Fort Walsh

 Nestled in a beautiful valley in the Cypress Hills, Fort Walsh is the prettiest spot one can imagine, to build a Fort.  It must have looked like heaven to those young North West Mounted Police who were sent here, especially after their gruelling trip across the rocky Canadian shield and endless miles of prairie. Established in 1875, it was the headquarters of the NWMP until 1882.  Now, beautifully restored and owned by Parks Canada, it’s a destination of a different sort.              SOLD

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Jingle Dancer

I met this beautiful young jingle dancer @ a pow wow @ Fort Walsh several years ago.  It was a big Anniversary for the Fort and people came from all over to commemorate the history of one of the first outpost for the NWMP. Many First Nations People called the Cypress Hills home, including the Sioux of the Dakotas,  the Assinaboian Cree as well as many Metis people.

For the celebration there were reenactments of NWMP drills, tours of the fort with costumed guides, samplings of native and pioneer cuisine, but my favourite  part of the day was the native dancing.

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Georgia’s Gate

When I visited Ghost Ranch a few years ago, I saw the house where Georgia O’Keeffe lived and painted…this is the gate to the courtyard of that spare, modest adobe home. She was an extraordinary woman for her time…they say she’s the most important woman painter in history.  Whoever “they” are maybe don’t know our own Emily Carr, but either way, both women were trail blazers, who refused to conform to the norm, and who gave themselves permission to be artists. Really, if one wants to be an artist, we have to begin by giving ourselves permission….no-one else can do that for us..   

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.

Vanishing Sentinels

This row of elevators still stand at Mossleigh, a 45 minute drive SE of Calgary, or they did last time I was through there.  They’re some of the last remaining elevators around, and they’re starting to look scruffy and uncared for, but I so enjoy their familiar profile against the sky.
  The landscape certainly isn’t the same without them….the prairie towns look like derelicts, missing their front teeth;a gaping hole where the elevators once stood. “Progress” feels like a swear word sometimes. 

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The Cook

Last year on our visit to Quilchena Ranch we met Anne, who works as a cook there.  She had a successful career in Vancouver working in the law industry and raising her children. One day though, she had an epiphany.  Looking for a completely different way of life, she found herself here in the B.C. interior, working on a ranch. This day she was helping move and treat cattle……looking quite at home on her horse, and a long way from her former corporate world.

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Quilchena Cowboy

Last spring my friend, photographer Kim Taylor, and I visited the historic Quilchena Ranch near Merritt B.C. Everybody there was so kind and hospitable & we had a great time. 
This painting is of one of  the young cowboys in front of the blacksmith shop in the ranch yard…..a small adventure in time travel. 
 

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Santuario de Chimayo-Steeples

Here are the steeples of a wonky little chapel out in the Sangre de Christo mountains north of Santa Fe.

Built in about 1813, because of stories of supernatural events, it now enjoys a  long history as a place of healing and peace.  Over 300,000 people a year visit, so there must be something to it.  I spent one blissful afternoon here a few years ago, and painted a large painting of the whole church.  Today, all you get is the steeples and the story.  

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The Main Drag, Las Vegas, New Mexico

Don’t you just love the old main streets, especially in the American west?  Las Vegas, New Mexico, just an hour northeast of Santa Fe, is famous for it’s beautiful old buildings, but like so many small towns, there’s a kind of deserted feeling about the place. It makes me nostalgic for the days when little towns like this were bustling, and the plains were as yet not strewn with interstates, malls and Walmarts; a time when optimism about the future defined our collective psyche.  SOLD

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Summer @ Judy’s House

We have First St. here is Medicine Hat…one of the oldest districts in town.  Right on the S. Saskatchewan River, it is lined with old Elm trees and equally antique houses. My friends Judy and Paul live here, and Judy, being a Brit, has the gardening and country charm down to a science.
I like First St. best in mid-summer when it’s scorching hot out; First street is like a green tunnel of coolness and beauty.

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