Category Archives: weather

Up Spray Lakes Road

Well,  I’m back to the flat lands and back to my Wifi connection after an absolutely lovely w/e in the mountains.  I was pretty busy fooling around, but I did get a couple of small Pleine Aires done.
Saturday was socked in and grey, with a Chinook moving in, thankfully warming things up.  I found an open meadow part way up the Spray Lakes road, and sat in my car to do this little piece (it was still -20!)  The sun came out today though, and I’ll undoubtedly try and do this same mountain lit up with sunshine.

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In Memory

Today’s painting is in honour of those of us who have lost someone precious, and for whom Christmas can be a poignant  time of year.  I’ve painted this scene of the river hills at Buffalo before, but what I didn’t say is that it’s the site of a memorial to Mona Elliott who died of cancer last year. Along with Mona’s family, in this household we think of the Blocks and the Mosses, my friend  Anne who lost Bryan this year and all the families of lost and injured Canadian soldiers including Chay’s friend Steve Stock. Our hearts go out to all of you, especially at Christmas.
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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

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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!!

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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

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The Feed Ground

 It’s coming, and we’re all getting ready. ” White Man has stacked his hay very high; it must be going to be a hard winter.”  After last year, we’re thinking we’d better be ready for anything.  

These calves are fat and sassy in a well-sheltered feeding ground along the base of a coulee. It’s incredible to witness the depth of colour in the shadows on sunny days in winter. For some reason, this is especially true just before a Chinook. Hopefully we’ll get another month (or even 2) before ranchers have to start forking out the feed.    SOLD

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Rainy Day in Santa Fe

It’s a rare day in Santa Fe to have cloudy skies, let alone rain, but that was the story this day! Our native plants are so beautiful, and one of the nicest things about the American SW is that they cultivate their native plants, such as the various cacti and the beautiful Chamisa in my painting.  Also known as Rabbit Bush, it’s Latin name is Crysothamnus Nauseosus, and it grows 5 to 6 feet high and carries beautiful yellow flowers in the fall.  Don’t you love how it looks against these old adobe walls?

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The Last Day for Leaves

Today was the last day…..several hard frosts this week and now a warm chinooky day…… golden-clad trees are no longer what we’ll find.  There’s  a knee deep drift of newly fallen leaves on my driveway tonight. It’s dark at breakfast, dark by supper time. Everybody has pumpkins on their doorsteps, and we’ve gone from our favourite grilling recipes to stew and chili.  

Having said all that, I do love the changing seasons.  I know that our sometimes severe winters, shape our national psyche in ways many of us aren’t conciously aware of. So here we go, in to winter…..let’s embrace the season.

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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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Bad News Over Buffalo

Another road trip this week,  and futher evidence was gathered as to the spectacular light and skies this time of year!  A friend and I went to Buffalo (not New York either, and you probably won’t find it on a map). Buffalo is straight north of Medicine Hat, on the Red Deer River. We had a picnic and I painted on location while the sun went down.  A huge thunderhead parked itself overhead and between it and the setting sun, it was better than anything I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. 
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