Category Archives: saddle horses

Riders at Camel Coulee

Well it’s finished today…. I think.  In the reference photos the figures were almost black, and I wanted to preserve that silhouette “feel”, so to achieve that  I painted them as one solid entity, dragging the paint from the shadow under their hat brims right down through to the ground.  I seldom layer; what I did here was add colour to the wet paint till it was dark enough and/or the right colour.   I used more “local” colour in certain spots…like on the blue and yellow horses, the chaps or saddles.  If you look closely though, there are no “edges” within the figures.
I was listening to one of my favourite watercolourists (Don Weller) today on You Tube  and he says that he likes watercolour because it’s really “coloured drawings”, and I realized that that is exactly how I feel about it.  The drawing was extremely important in this piece.   SOLD

Next… the Sky

Finally got back into my studio today, and here’s what happened.  I painted in a sky.  Starting at the top, I used vertical strokes to represent the light of that early morning. Pulling the sky colours right through the riders and the ground they’re standing on will help prevent the figures from looking as if they’ve been pasted on. Also I wanted a loose and exaggerated sky to balance the crisp-edged silhouettes of the riders.  We’ll see how that goes tomorrow. 

The Start

Well, I started a new piece today, and this is the result of several hours of drawing. It’s going to be a row of  7 riders silhouetted against the sky, and requires that I have no doubt about the edges of my figures….no loosey-goosey drawing!  The guy on the right (out of the photo)  didn’t come together well and I did a lot of erasing.  I use a kneaded eraser though, and hopefully didn’t damage my paper with all that “messing around”. I’m using watercolour board instead of paper and the painting will be 11 X 22″.   We’ll see how it goes.  Stay tuned.

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Cowgirl Couture

Sub cultures are very interesting to me, and having been raised in that of the west, I notice that like other subcultures, our is very fluid. What a cowboy or cowgirl wears varies hugely from one event or discipline to another.  You can tell by the crease of the hat whether it’s a rodeo cowboy or a working cowboy, a cutter or a reiner, whether from Texas or B.C.  The same goes for the gear and the clothing. And this just in; after decades of Wrangler being the one jean that almost everybody of ALL disciplines wore, I see that the young roughstock guys from Texas are all wearing Levis. So I predict you’ll be seeing that here within a year.   Just remember you heard it here first (unless you saw Courtney Todd’s photographs from her recent trip to Texas)!

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Cactus

This beautiful saddle horse belongs to my friend Alan, and is one of a remuda that he has bred, raised and trained at his place near Cochrane. Cactus is descended from the great cutting horse mare, Connie Kilobar.  
Besides the breeding training etc, Alan probably built the bosal and headstall; for sure his saddle, as that is one of the things he does for a living. 
Something I notice about many of my “western” friends, is how very handy they are at a huge array of things, and how many things they’re interested in and passionate about. Probably because they’ve designed their lives to take advantage of this beautiful place we call home. 

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Rope Horses

There was a big team-roping in town on the Labour Day weekend, and because my nieces were roping, I went along to hang out.  There were hundreds of people, many old friends included, and of course, there were a lot of horses.  My idea of a real good time. There’s so much to enjoy about the western aesthetic.  Every rider has individual touches to their dress, and their tack. You’ll see handbraiding, horsehair hitching, silver conchos, spots, buckles, spurs, bits, and every other excuse for the use of silver.  There’s rawhide inlay, roughout, or smooth leather, OR hair-on leather. Tooling on saddles is beyond beautiful, and is combined with rawhide, silver lacing and inlaid hand carved conchos & cantle plates. Art is all around us….we just need to keep our eyes open.  

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Paul

Here I go with the portraits again. I have some really great friends, and this guy is one of them…..hopefully he still will be after he sees this blog entry!
Does he not have the best face ever? Happy is he, whenever I see him, mainly because it’s on a trail ride,  at a Ranch Rodeo, or something to do with horses and a western lifestyle. As an artist I couldn’t resist that impish grin, those twinkly eyes and especially the magnificent moustache!

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New Moon Romance

 Thought it was time for a little romance in my blog! That element has been neglected I think.  Everywhere I look, I see artists romanticising the west, so today it’s my turn to take a stab at it.  
Silhouettes are tricky with watercolour, and I like the feel of them, so once in awhile I have to paint one.  Played with the sky for a supernatural effect…. to add to the romance! Now all we need is a manuscript.

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A Good day to be a Rancher

The thing about ranching is that most of the work is done outside, aften in the worst weather conditions imaginable, with very little help, and even less cooperation from the livestock you’re trying to raise. The beautiful sunlit days like this one are few and far between. I love to paint these pretty days in June, and there’s a few in September and October as well.  On those days, it really is just like in the movies! 

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Ranch Manager

 Today’s painting is of a friend who manages one of the big ranches in the B.C. interior. Besides being a cowboy, he’s  a storyteller of the finest tradition, and truly a character.  If all that isn’t enough,would you guess that he could’ve been a professional trumpet player as well?  There’s usually more to a person than meets the eye.

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