Category Archives: western lifestyle

Corrals and Chief Mountain

I’m still down here in the SW corner of the province, lucky me, and this rugged old set of corrals with it’s breath-taking backdrop was one of the sights we passed on our way to Police outpost Lake yesterday. It’s been such a great year for rain, and the pastures and meadows are still knee deep in grass and wildflowers. 
 There are some tell-tale signs though that summer’s days are numbered, as time and the seasons roll on.

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July,

One really important thing to my style of watercolour is the concept of “negative space”, which is clearly illustrated here in a portrait of a white bucking horse.  In order to depict this subject in watercolour, I have to have a really good idea not only where my paint will go (or NOT go),  but how much paint, and in the case of the white parts, no paint at all!  Does all this make any sense at all to anyone but me?  Ah well, I hope you enjoy the painting anyway.

The Horseman

This little painting was a lot of work……but
I wanted to do it; there’s something irresistible about cowboy gear. What is it?….the extra long fringes of these chinks? the distinctive indigo blue of denim, which is the absolute compliment to the colour of the chaps? the silver conchos on his spurs? the horsehair macate? the sunshine and the dust? A lot of it is associated with the magic of being around horses, and the mere sight of all these things evokes a lifetime of pleasurable memories.  I’m just so glad there are young men & women today who continue to value the time honoured traditions of fine horsemanship.  

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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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Tee’s New Romels

My friend Trent, a working cowboy and family man who loves competing at Ranch Rodeos, is also a rawhide braider.  Check out this incredible romel rein he just traded to his friend Tee, in exchange for a border collie pup!  If you’re unfamiliar with rawhide braiding, take my word for it, it is an incredibly complicated and difficult art form.  These reins are built of about 12 strands of finely cut rawhide strips (even this much of the process is difficult and time-consuming!) which are then tightly and beautifully woven into this exquisite heavy , yet lively on your horses mouth, rein.  The added knots, loops and popper on the end are all of themselves a challenge that not many people care to even try.  All I can say is….there must be a pretty special pedigree on that pup!

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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.

Red Shield.

I seem to be in portrait mode these days, and here’s one I did before I left for the Ranch Rodeo at Nanton (in case you wondered where I’d gotten to).  This was another of the natives parading on Steven Ave. last week.  He has such a great face and I love the red shield.  Why don’t we white guys have great clothes, jewellery, beadwork and finery like this? 

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Steven Avenue Ice Cream

Remember how I missed the shot of the natives and their cell phones?  Well this morning they rode through here again, only this time they must’ve run across an ice cream truck further up the street. This handsome guy seemed to be having a great time, and I wanted to share with you the great energy of Steven Avenue in downtown Calgary.  

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Art Show @ The Hyatt

Well, I risked life and limb and managed to find
(a) downtown Calgary 
(b) the Hyatt Hotel!!!

Got my booth set up in the gorgeous Sandstone Lobby, and am tickled pink to be here. What a beautiful art show we have going!
 So for today, this is all you get.  Summer and life have gotten in the way of my daily painting practice, but maybe I’ll get a chance to paint here today.  Come by & see me if you’re in town!