Wednesday, April 17, 2019

150 Mile View

18 X 24 
Oil on Stretched Linen

This view is from the top of Sierra Blanca in New Mexico, across the desert and White Sands to the mountains near Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. Normally only good skiers get to see this view. There are many ridges of mountains between the top and the desert below near Tularosa.

Peace Rose

16 X12 
Oil on Stretched Linen

Photograph by Michael Howe

Peace roses are often everyone's favorite in the garden. This bush produced extravagant quantities of gorgeous roses which Michael and Susan will miss in their new home.

Cowboy with His Rope

16 X 12 
Oil on Stretched Linen

In my family children, especially boys, begin roping things when they are very small.  Usually they start with things in the house, like the dog or cat. To lessen the commotion a plastic cow's head is stuck into the end of a bale of hay for practice in roping. A good rope can make the difference between a good day and a bad day on a ranch.

Gray Barn/Winter

14 X 11 

Oil on Stretched Canvas

As kids we ran around outside in Colorado snow, never minding when our toes and hands felt frozen. We'd go inside and run our hands under cold water to thaw them out while they stung from the heat of the cold water. We had a barn similar to this one where my brother and I jumped from that window at the top to the ground when we were supposed to be at home in bed with chicken pox. Mom was not pleased. 

This barn has been added on to twice with differing styles of architecture. Barns are still  part of our western heritage and I like painting them.

The Fishing Hole

24 X 12
Oil on stretched canvas

My husband's mother took her grandchildren fishing in this place. There's a small dam and the water is pretty shallow so falling in was not an issue.

There are many many branches on that tree and I'm sure I didn't get nearly all of them, but it was fun to try.