Category Archives: old buildings

Cochrane Barn

On my recent road trip to the mountains, I stopped in at Cochrane for a bit.  This formerly sleepy little cowtown tucked into the foothills of the Rockies, is now a happening place as Calgary creeps (and leaps!) ever closer. 
I was glad to see that this red barn, like an old friend, is still part of the landscape.

If you’d like to own this original watercolour, email Gena with your bid today! gena03@telusplanet.net Minimum bid $120 (plus gst and shipping). First bid, or highest bid wins the painting.

Under a Gunmetal Sky

 As we approach the winter equinox, the days get shorter and dimmer, and there’s a very intriguing twilightish atmosphere, especially if it’s about to snow.  There are 2 old houses, built in the depression era I would think, and they teeter on a cut bank above Kingsway, on the way downtown.  When I came by there this afternoon, I loved the monochromatic (drab?) colour scheme and the strong contour lines of the landscape and naked trees.   The poor old sun was hanging low in the south, doing it’s best to burn through the gloom. 

Time to get out the twinkle lights!!

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.

Still Standing

The Mossleigh elevators are a little down at the heel, and starting to lean into each other, but they’re still holding up the sky. 
Most of their kind are gone, and what we’ve replaced them with are these hulking concrete terminals that block the sun!  I wonder if, in 50 years we’ll be all nostalgic about the new ones and wish we still built iconic and interesting structures like that.  Somehow I doubt it.

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.

Old Adobe Walls

The old adobe wall and it’s turquoise gate as so typical of northern New Mexico as to be almost iconic.  When you’re raised where I have been, this seems so exotic, but once I read up on it a bit, I realize that it’s been used for millennia, all over the world. The sun dried adobe bricks are hand made with mud, gravel or sand, combined with straw and water. All the materials needed are found right where the building stands. In my painting, the top of the wall shows the weather worn old bricks, while the bottom part is plastered over with slip of the same mud material. Organic, environmentally sound and exquisitely beautiful, this is without a doubt my favourite style of construction. 

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.

Old Shop, Quilchena Ranch

This is just one of the many lovely old buildings in the several ranch yards we visited when at Quilchena Ranch last spring. There were shops and smithy’s and barns, all so well laid out and beautifully built. These were needed to keep the ranch operational, back in the days when they had to rely on themselves to keep things fixed, shod and running.  Many ranches then even had a schoolhouse.
They still have all the equipment but the fixing etc is done in town and the buildings …except for the barns which are still well used, wear a mantle of that fabulous nostalgia that hooks me every time.

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.

Pizza Palace

Small prairie towns have some of the most intriguing architecture, and though I’m in & out of Redcliff all the time, I only noticed this quaint old building for the first time this week.  It was built to be the “Redcliff Hardware”, probably 100 years ago or so, and now it’s the Pizza joint. The fancy brick trim, and the funky paint job, the false front,  the awning and the cute little castle trim all combine to create it’s “character”. Better check out the pizza next time I’m there.

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.

The Station

Boy was I ever cussing this morning, trying to draw this darn thing! What was I thinking?  I hate drawing buildings, and this one with all it’s roof lines, windows and fancy braces, nearly did me in!  It’s so gorgeous though, and every time I drive through downtown, I enjoy the very sight of it.  Every town on the rail line had a station, back in the day, and they, like the elevators are vanishing.  We need to ask ourselves why it is that we seldom make beautiful buildings any more

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.

Dorothy’s Other Li’l Old Church

 If you were looking for 3 little paintings to frame together, this one makes a great third in my Dorothy Trilogy.  I painted the other church (see Jan 15th) and the old garage (see May 25th), and now this church.  They’re all done with pen and ink as well as watercolour, with similar warm evening light on the coulees.  It’d be almost as good as getting in the car and actually going to Dorothy! 

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Alan

There ws a really great trailride this past w/e, west of Longview.   It was a fundraiser for a cause I believe in, AND I got to hang out with some really good friends. This is one of them..  Alan was raised on a ranch west of Calgary, where he lives again now. A teamster, saddlemaker, storyteller and art afficionado, he truly is a talented guy.  Mostly though, he has a devilish sense of humour and is a terrible tease. Gotta be careful teasing the artist Alan; you might wind up having your handsome face turned into a caricature!

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.

Parkbeg House 2

Remember my post of July 1st, a painting of an old house on a prairie hill near Moose Jaw?  Well here’s a close-up of a window, and the prairie beyond.  Due to wonders of the internet, the current owner of this house found my blog, and emailed me with a little history.  This house was built around 1904 by a horse rancher and telegraph operator for the CPR, John McFayden and was, as I guessed, a palace for it’s time and place.  It had  indoor plumbing and steam heating.  Be sure to look for it on your way through on the Trans Canada.

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.