This watercolour was based on a couple of old photos of my Grandfather coming to the Peace Country. That’s him in the red coat. I’m not sure why the wagon wasn’t loaded. They wouldn’t have arrived in the spring during the thaw; perhaps this was an expedition rather than a challenge on the settlement trail. The second photo was of the horses pulling up on the near side of the river. So they made it and continued on with whatever their business was.
The painting was done using Moonglow, except for the red coat. I like the monochrome but I also like the way Krieghoff used bright red so sparingly and so eye-catchingly.
A pair of mini notebooks for best friends and horse lovers. These are simple wraparound books with their binding showing on the outside. I’ve given then cords instead of chains because someone requested a longer necklace.
Judy’s picture was meant to feature the beauty of this horse’s blue eye. It is like the anticipation of a frosty winter morning against the warm blue of the autumn sky. The horse contemplates the coming days while drinking in the present.
We had such a lovely time at the Peace Valley Guest Ranch I was inspired to start a painting of the experience right away. One of our party, a first time rider, was enthralled by the way we seemed to be so much closer to our environment from horseback. In this image, I like the way the people and horses are tucked right into the hills (literally, on the path the horses have carved through the grasses and dirt) and are emerging from the trees and shadows. If only you could feel the sun on your back and hear the sounds of hooves and saddles and wind through leaves when you look at this painting, my job as the artist would be fulfilled 🙂