You can watch a time lapse of me painting this very cool tree that I found on a hike with me kids. Includes a great song by Robert Plant 😉
I love this guy’s fluffy face and his kind eyes…and so continues my love affair with painting horses. He’s available over at DailyPaintworks for as low as $75 right now. Get your bid in before he’s gone! Update! He’s SOLD to a lovely buyer in North Carolina!! https://www.dailypaintworks.com/buy/auction/940013
The Kids – 8″ x 10″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas.
I grew up on a farm in the sunny interior of British Columbia. My parents still run this very farm with sweet baby goats, boisterous chickens and a multitude of yapping Pomeranians. Since they were small, it has been a place of magic for my children. They use the broken down cars for forts and the parked camper as a jungle gym. They chase chickens and collect eggs, and have spent endless hours snuggling baby goats. I love to watch the interaction between them. The baby goats seem to love it as much as my children. My boy, Jacob, is now fifteen, and a lot less likely to be seen cuddling, but this photo was from a time when he still allowed us to see his fascination.
When I was a little girl, I dreamed of horses, I drew horses, I was obsessed with horses. I lived in Quesnel, on a small acreage and I prayed and prayed that one day I could have a horse. When I was 12, my parents told me that I could have a horse if I built the corral, so I did! I’m not sure that they were prepared for that reality, but they stuck to their word. She was a purebred registered quarter horse, named Miss Peeti Poco, and I loved her more than anything in the world! I rode her every day, for as long as I could, and scared my parents half to death on more than one occasion. On one of these occasions, I had a friend visiting from Bella Coola (where I live now). We had borrowed another horse from a friend so that we could go riding together. I let my friend ride my placid mare, and I rode the gorgeous bay. She looked a lot like this one, glossy reddish brown coat, shining, blue black mane and a wide blaze down the middle of her face. We were out about 5km in the woods, when she went down. I saw the pain in her eyes right away, and knew she was colicking. I was terrified! I knew that this was life or death for her. I made her run the whole way home. She went down three or four times, and each time, I’d have to leap off and get out of the way of the 1000 pound animal, and then haul her to her feet and make her go again. We finally arrived at the home of a friend who had horses. We called the vet, but he was out on another call, so we took turns pulling her to her feet, and walking her in circles. By the end of the ordeal, we were exhausted, and some men took over. One of them had a painkiller for horses, which kept her up until the vet could arrive and work his magic. He told us we saved her life and if I hadn’t thought quickly and kept her on her feet that she would have died.
So this is my homage to that sweet little horse. I don’t remember her name, just that she was spunky and spirited, a lovely little Morgan/Arab cross…
She’ll be up for sale on DailyPaintworks tomorrow, starting at $49. The dimensions are 6″ x 8″ and it is painted on stretched 3/4 inch profile canvas. Click here to bid.
To get out of my little village of Bella Coola, we have to drive a crazy gravel road, dubbed by locals as “The Hill”. The Hill is a notoriously steep, unpaved stretch of Highway 20 that connects the Chilcoltin Plateau to the Bella Coola Valley. The 43-kilometre road ascends some 1,800 metres with grades as steep as 18 per cent and there are no guard rails to prevent motorists from going over the edge. Last year, this little red fox was commonly seen sitting in the middle of the road, on the plateau. Waiting for handouts maybe? The snow gets very deep up there, so it’s possible that the highway was easier to navigate…My friend Gwynn from Little Nook photography, managed to snap this shot of him and graciously allowed me to use it as a reference for this painting. It’s up for sale starting at $49 at Dailypaintworks right now. Click here to bid :) Prints are available over at my Etsy Shop
Buttercup ~ 4″ x 4″ oil on gallery wrap canvas
up for bid on DailyPaintworks
auction will be active on May 15th
I grew up on a farm, and we had goats. Over the years we had many different kinds of goats…Nubians, Alpines, LaManchas, and Saanans. I grew up on goats’ milk, and to this day still can’t drink milk from the store. I guess I’m processed dairy intolerant. Raw milk doesn’t seem to bother me.
I remember that we had a few different goats named Buttercup, and this one reminded me of her. (Yes, nanny goats can have beards and horns)