Cowboy

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Cowboy ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas covered hardboard panel

To be so blessed to live in the wilds on the North Coast of B.C. is such an amazing gift. We are surrounded by majestic mountains, ancient old growth forests, and abundant wildlife, yet, being coastal in a coastal fjord, it is very rare to spot a moose. They prefer the plains and swamps and the wide open spaces of the Chilcotin Plateau. But then, there’s Cowboy, lovingly named by our local photographer, Michael Wigle, to whom I can thank for this reference photo. Cowboy seems to think that he is a cow. He was first seen grazing placidly with a herd this summer, head and shoulders, (and antlers) above the rest of his “mates”…They treated him as one of them, and he lived with them long into the fall, only leaving when it became clear that they weren’t interested in his (Hmmhmm) amorous advances. He could be seen on a daily basis, the lone set of antlers not helping him blend in at all,  only making him a target for daily traffic stops and photo ops of curious observers. This painting is up for bid at DailyPaintworks…you can bid here.cowboy with the cows.jpg14753360_10157498954110123_2285587877601626775_o.jpg

Chilcotin Blues

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 chilcotin-blues

Ascension

5″ x 7″ watercolor, pen and acrylic ink on watercolor paper, For sale now at DailyPaintworks, Click on the photo to get to the bidding page…

I LOVE ravens…the grumpy, serious, bloody intelligent creatures that they are. I find them endlessly fascinating to watch, and so beautiful. I took the iridescence I see in their feathers, and pushed it to the max, enhancing all the colors. I hope you like! 🙂