Category Archives: Saskatchewan

Sand Hills Cow Skull

This old cow skull hangs beside the deck at my house, and the other day, as the sun went down, this is how it looked!  It’s white as can be, but I find it amazing the colour that white things become in certain light. 
It’s so much fun seeing all those colours and values, shadow and light.

Bet that old cow never dreamt I’d be painting her skull several decades after her life was over

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Parkbeg House

This house is one of my favourite sources of bemusement.  Whenever I go to Moose Jaw, I see it sitting on a hill above the highway, and I wonder about the women who lived here. What a palace it must’ve seemed to be compared to the sod shack they’d started out in!   However, these old frame houses had no insulation or central heating, and this windy hill in the middle of Saskatchewan would not be a fun spot to be in those fierce winters of the 30’s, and the drought, dust and grasshopper plagues of summer.  Can you imagine yourself living here in that time and place?

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Left to the Wind

 Rural Alberta and Saskatchewan are rife with abandoned farmsteads, this one being south of the Great Sandhills of Saskatchewan.  As farm income declines and farmers either leave for town or expand to super-size, many lovely old places are left to the elements, many communities struggle to remain viable. 

I think about that whenever I’m sitting in traffic in Calgary

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Up on the Bench

The Cypress Hills. located in SE Alberta & SW Saskatchewan, were  created when the last glaciers slid around them, instead of grinding them down with the rest of the countryside.  They now remain as the highest point between the great Lakes and the Rockies.

  This painting is of the plateau at the top of the hills, known by all of us as “The Bench”.  The dramatic sky is typical…the natives didn’t call these “The Thunder-Breeding Hills” for nothing! Besides dramatic weather, these hills boast 220 bird species, countless rare wildflowers and incredible wildlife.

There’s magic in them there hills! 

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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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Ravenscraig Truck

 This old truck, with barely visible paint on the door, “L. Hansen, Orkney, Sask” was probably state-of-the-art in it’s day.  Who was L. Hansen, and where is Orkney?  What did this old boy haul? Did L. Hansen have a family, and if so, is my friend Sid a descendant?  If old timers like this could talk, what stories they’d have to tell!
  As for now, he’s rusting away on the edge of a pretty coulee north of the Cypress Hills, at Ravenscraig.

  As for “Where’s Ravenscraig?”, that’s a story for another day.

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Bald is Beautiful

When I first started painting Clydesdale’s, I had a hard time with their heads…..I had to stop and spend time with them and really LOOK.  Their heads are not like those of any other breed. Their ears are comparatively small, their muzzles are big and squishy, their nostrils droopy, lips, rubbery, their noses, full of nobs and bumps, and their eyes are huge! Even in that size of head! And then there’s the big swathes of white; the wonky markings. No wonder they capture the heart of anyone who spends a single moment with them. 

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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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Marie’s Pots

 A few years ago, my friends Marty and Marie Bohnet, decided that ranching wasn’t a big enough adventure, they wanted a winery…. in the Cypress Hills.  Now THAT’s an adventure!  So much so that they’re being given big business awards and attracting huge numbers of people to their wonderful creation.  which  somewhat offsets annoyances like early (and late) frosts and  marauding flood waters.  

This painting of the pots on the deck is just a teaser.  If you haven’t been to Cypress Hills Winery, you must go. You will be enchanted.
SOLD 

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Buster

Gone is the heyday of the “work horse”, but Doug & Joan Gomersall, south of Moose Jaw, still  raise black Clydesdales.  It’s quite a sight to see their band of mares….probably at least 40 of them, with their fuzzy brown  foals, and…. this guy,”Buster”.  Talk about presence! He is massive, exquisitely put together, and look at that gentle, intelligent eye. I think I was born 100 years too late.                                                                                                     SOLD