Category Archives: native grass

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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En Pointe

With temps hovering around the -30’s, I’m consoling myself with an iris in full bloom.  It’s one of my “dialy-size”  5 X 7″.
I’m off to Canmore in the morning though, for a change of scenery.  Maybe you’ll see some Rocky Mountain Highs in the next few days.  Stay warm.

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Matriarchy

Let me say that all your interest in this project has been heartwarming, and I want to thank every single one of you who visits this blog and makes comments. 
So I think it’s finished, except that I may put a layer of colour on the barrel of the big mare on the left…I think that highlight on her side is a bit too bright. 

These big horses belong to friends of mine who live south of Moose Jaw, and I can only imagine what a pleasure it must be to own and raise such magnificent animals.

Progressing

Well, the horses are all done…barring adjustments.  I left the sky and background till last because this painting feels like a portrait to me, even though there are 6 subjects rather than one. The background will hopefully enhance and not compete with the horses.   I’m a bit apprehensive and hope that by tomorrow night I won’t have screwed it up.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Drawing “The Matriarchy”

Today’s blog is the result  of about 3 days worth of drawing.  Remember what I said about watercolours being coloured drawings?  Well that’s really true with the kind of work I do.Thus these horses have to be drawn right, so that I can know where the paint needs to go.  Value is so important, and these are black Clydes, which will make it tricky….there are lost edges within the horses figures where we can’t tell where one horse ends and the other starts.  It’s giving me butterflies, because #1 it’s quite big  (18 X 30) and #2 there’s a lot of really dark shadow in there!  To start I put some grass colour under their feet, so that I can paint their hooves down into the negative spaces that are the grass…that is, IF & When I even get that far!

Sharp Tail in Winter

Occasionally, when we get deep snow here, the Sharp Tail come into my yard to feed on the Russian Olives.  They perch way out on flimsy-looking limbs, and with their feathers all fluffed up for warmth, they look ridiculously unsafe there. Such beautiful birds,  they’re only one of several species of upland birds we’re privileged to have here.  This one is actually a guest at my cousin’s ranch, down on the Montana border, where the beautiful and increasingly rare Sage Grouse also shares territory. 
  -from a photo by Kerrie Kusler

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Lazy River II

 Here’s another example of the gorgeous slanting light of late Fall in this neck of the woods.   I couldn’t believe the colours that day; neon green in the willows along the river and on the opposite bank, rich reds in the wild rose bushes, purples, reds, turquoise and blue in the shadows.  Lets not forget the lazy turquoise waters of the South Saskatchewan, sliding by on it’s way to the Hudson’s Bay.  SOLD

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Tom’s Pretty Team

Today’s offering is a scratchy, quick thing I did in my sketch book, of a team that was on the trail ride at Lonvgiew in August. Sometimes it’s fun to just race around with my pen & ink and slop some paint on top of that, so that was the process here, and with my soup pot the other day. 

There guys are pure Percheron, a heavy horse breed that is born black and remain so until they get on up in years when they turn this gorgeous dapple grey. I think this is the prettiest team I’ve ever seen.    

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Bad News Over Buffalo

Another road trip this week,  and futher evidence was gathered as to the spectacular light and skies this time of year!  A friend and I went to Buffalo (not New York either, and you probably won’t find it on a map). Buffalo is straight north of Medicine Hat, on the Red Deer River. We had a picnic and I painted on location while the sun went down.  A huge thunderhead parked itself overhead and between it and the setting sun, it was better than anything I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. 
SOLD

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