Category Archives: summer

Flowers & Pickles

 If you grew up in a rural environment and in my generation, then you know what August was all about! We would can and freeze, butcher,  harvest and pickle every garden and farm product we had on the place! Amongst all that we’d be making meals for our sizable family plus the haying crew or the combiners, depending on the year, along with whoever else showed up.  By the end of those summer days (some times around midnight) we’d  swear we never wanted to cook another meal, or wash another dish!
 No wonder I can’t let summer go by without making a few pickles at the very least. I did a dozen jars of dills last evening,(I was finished long before midnight) and this was the still life I “found” on my cupboard this morning.  

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Winery In the Hills

 Marty and Marie Bohnet, owners of the Cypress Hills Winery, truly subscribe to the “if you build it, they will come” school of business. They built this oasis of loveliness in the middle of pretty much no-where, and in a few short years it has become a destination for thousands, an award-winning business and a genuine vineyard on the Canadian Prairies.
If you haven’t been there yet….GO.
You won’t be sorry.   

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Bad Hair Every Day

Ah, my favourite subject again today….bucking horses.  One of the main reasons being, that they’re so dishevelled  and “wild” looking; horses in their natural state.  It’s fun to try and get that tangled hair and  and wary demeanour into a painting, especially when there’s lots of light involved.These guys were athletes performing at last week’s Medicine Hat Stampede. 

SOLD
 
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Pow-wow Dancer

Now that I’ve finally gained some confidence in my ability to paint people’s faces, I find it to be incredibly satisfying…..and I especially enjoy painting native faces. I saw this handsome guy doing a traditional dance at a pow-wow @ Fort Walsh several years ago and have been waiting for the day when I thought I could paint him.  Today was the day.

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Lillies and Light

The people in charge of our city parks here in Medicine Hat, have outdone themselves again this year.  The flower beds are just stunning, with colour combinations and varieties of flowers that just boggle my mind.  A display near my house features these tall, exotic lilies with brilliant orange flowers on tall spikes, and they’re surrounded with maroon, orange and green flowers and foliage.  What really caught my eye though, was the light coming through the big leathery leaves of the lilies, illuminating the brilliant colour scheme that mother nature has arranged for our pleasure. 

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Sunny Dayz

This is such a great time of year here in Alberta, and in Medicine Hat, especially. It’s rodeo time, and full-on summer.  The temperature soars to 35 degrees and sometimes 40 and you could fry an egg on the pavement down at the grounds.  But we all still go and wander around with our mini donuts and guzzling anything cold, enjoy the rodeo and the concerts, see old friends.  
At home, my garden is full of sunflowers and zinnias, yarrow and rudbeckia, so  of course we have to have a bouquet.  Here’s yours. 

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Stampede News

Well today, there was no time to paint, so all you get is a photo.  It’s the 125th Anniversary of the Medicine Hat Stampede and my house is full of people.  Great and wonderful people.  Family and friends.  We had a great day; the weather is absolutely perfect, and there was never a dull moment. 

Because of the Anniversary, the Stampede is having a reunion of all the past royalty, so this town is absolutely full to the brim with beautiful cowgirls of every vintage.  They took up 2 city blocks in the parade this morning, mostly on horseback, and were truly a sight to behold. One of them is my darling friend Terri Mappin (whose photography blog is attached to this blog of mine) which is why she and her hubby Brad and their 2 little “dudes” are staying here at my house. Many others of those girls are well-known to me as well,  and beloved because I’ve known them all their lives, or they worked for me in my store, or both!  
I sure hope somebody got some photos in the parade; I was too busy gawking and tearing up, so all you get is another of my favourite subjects….bucking horses as they moved into their pens at the grounds.

Nantons’s Skyline

As you all know, I was in Nanton for the Ranch Rodeo this w/e, and as always I enjoyed their beautiful row of elevators.  Every town in S. Alberta used to have a similar skyline, but them days are over……except in Nanton for some reason, where they stand sturdy, freshly painted, and apparently operational.
 My nostalgia-meter goes ballistic, and I have to take a few minutes to just sit and enjoy.

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Squash Blossoms

While I’ve been off to Calgary and Nanton, my little garden has been very busy…first we had all that rain, and now lots of sun and heat. The squash have broken through the chicken wire fence (rigged up to keep the deer out) and long tendrils loaded with blossoms, gallop forth by about a foot a day!  I’m into the recipe books looking for recipes for squash-blossom-anything.  Ideas anyone?

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Hail Mary

Our summer skies have an entirely different personality from winter, the cloud structure being the difference.  We never see these towering thunderheads in winter, nor the devastation of the hail that often comes hurling down out of them.  Still, they are breathtaking from a distance.  I love the roiling, sullen layers of navy blue, transforming up into creamy, billowing crowns of  purest white, with subtle variations of colour and light on every level.

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