Category Archives: Saskatchewan

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!

Just Passing Through

Here’s a little bunch of female and juvenile Pronghorn Antelope, on a typical warm winter day, migrating to wherever it is they think they need to be.  This exquisite animal is the last wide-ranging mammal on the north American prairies and is found no-where else in the world….in fact it has no other close relatives, being the last member of the family Antilocapra. The second-fastest  land mammal in the world (Cheetah’s win the prize), they range from the Baja, all the way up here to the prairies of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Some of our winters
(like last year) are too much for them, so lets all wish them better luck this year.  SOLD

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.

Jingle Dancer 2

Early in the year, I did a version of this young jingle dancer.  I did a closer in painting of her face as a demonstration in class this week, which I think is fresher than the original.  Maybe I’m learning a thing or two with doing the dailies! Hopefully, eh?

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.

Bad News II

Tonight, I offer another depiction of the fantastic sky over Buffalo from a trip up there in October.  The stacking, mounding cumulus clouds, and their angry black bottoms combined with the low, slanting sun  made for one of the most dramatic skies I’ve seen in years.  The prairies truly are, as Saskatchewan claims to be. “The Land of the Living Skies”.   SOLD

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.

Gentle Giants

Friends in Saskatchewan raise black Clydesdales….you’ve seen their horses here before.  The foals are born brown and fuzzy, like a giant plush toy, and as they age they acquire the glossy coat of an adult, and in this herd, they’re almost always black. A painting OR a photo doesn’t begin to convey the sheer size and power; that needs to be experienced first hand. That and the kind, gentle intelligence.

SOLD

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.

Cypress Hills Autumn

It’s that time of year again, and my favourite trees are cloaking themselves in gold. TIme to get out and paint on location.  it’s nearly the end of September and we haven’t even had a frost yet, so there’s still time!  I’m off to the Hills tomorrow.  How about you? 

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.

Carrie-Lynne

At the ranch rodeo in Nanton this summer, I ran into friends who used to live around the Hat.  They’re now married with 3 beautiful kids, and are living and working on a ranch in Saskatchewan.  I appreciated hearing about their lifestyle;  they compete at ranch rodeos, home-school their kids, work with horses and Trent has taught himself how to braid with rawhide (notice her reins). I guess this could be described as an “alternate lifestyle” in this techno-culture we live in. 
SOLD

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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.

Setting Sun Barn

There’s a ranch hidden in a coulee on the south slope of the Cypress Hills. and this stately old barn  presides over the yard from it’s position in the side of the hill. It was built in 1914, so it’s nearing it’s 100th birthday, and it’s as solid and functional as ever.  I love the unusual white body with red trim, which is the opposite of  the norm…but this isn’t just your ordinary barn. Further evidence of that is the taxidermied longhorn head mounted on the frontSOLD

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.

Weekend Wanderings

Instead of a painting, am offering 2 photos, with apologies.  Spent the weekend in Nanton, High River, Black Diamond and points in between.  And there was absolutely no time to paint.  I did get some neat photos though, and will be attempting to paint from them for future posts.  

Here are the Nanton elevators….still standing and still looking like all the elevators in all the small prairie towns did 25 years ago. 

 The reason I was there, was for the Ranch Rodeo, and was it ever awesome.  Ranches from B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan enter teams and they compete against each other in events that closely relate to actual ranch work, like doctoring and milking a ranch cow (now THAT can get western!), and there’s a big emphasis on gear and horsemanship.  It’s a real family affair,as the photo shows.  If you ever get a chance, get yourself to a ranch rodeo.