The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show 5

The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Mark Farand

Mark Farand - Online Art Gallery

Mark has been doing some of the most original artwork around.

The Art of Mark Farand | Picture This Gallery | Edmonton Region & Sherwood Park Art Gallery

Past Works — Mark Farand - Oil Paintings on Canvas + on Scroll Cut Wood

I really like his recent work.

The Art of Mark Farand | Picture This Gallery | Edmonton Region & Sherwood Park Art Gallery

Call me crazy, but some of Mark’s art reminds me of 
Group of Seven artist Lauren Harris.

The Art of Mark Farand | Picture This Gallery | Edmonton Region & Sherwood Park Art Gallery

Charisse Mia

It ain’t Western, but it sure is amazing!

This would look fine on my wall.

Gorgeous textures



David Newton

This Art speaks for itself.


A power that seems to chiseled from the mountains themselves.




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The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

George F. Kush

George has a way of re-awakening the past in 
style and image like few others.

Excellent work.

Emily Lozeron

Vivid landscapes …

 … joy for wildlife!

Karen Coe

Karen loves horses.

It shows.

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The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Darcy Presiloski

You want Western?

  Darcy’s got Western.

Sweet work.

Heather Hawley

Heather Hawley Fine Art

Just great work.

Tom Hjorleifson

Artist Demo: Tom Hjorleifson Bronze Sculptor | Canmore Kananaskis

That’s rather amazing Tom.

The sky is no limit.

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Classic work Tom.


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Ken Hoehn

May be an image of mountain and text that says 'THE KEN HOEHN GALLERY'

The Ken Hoehn Gallery

Bridge Creek School (circa 1961) — The Ken Hoehn Gallery

Great work guided by a great philosophy.

Micheal Sydoryk

“Wild.Form” Michael calls it.
A specialty in powerful images of Wildlife.

Reach by Michael Sydoryk - Masterpiece Online

Truth by Michael Sydoryk - The Avens Gallery

Michael Sydoryk (@wildform_art) / Twitter

Wild Form Art - Fine Art by Michael Sydoryk


Terri Heinrichs

HEINRICHS, Terri - Okanagan Artists of Canada

A Day in the Life" with Calgary Artist Terri Heinrichs

Some of Terri’s work reminds me of the
great Canadian Artist 
Tom Thomson

Terri Heinrichs - Canadian artist - Vivid Impression Series - TERRI HEINRICHS - FINE ART

And that’s not bad at all.

The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Every year Rose and I go down to the Calgary Stampede grounds for
one particular reason:

The Calgary Stampede Western Art Show

Here we always find an array of exceptional Artwork
which I like to profile.

Paul van Ginkel

Paul is a regular exhibiter here and his work is truly exceptional:

Artist Paul Van Ginkel

_Sticking Together_ 36X60_ oil painting by Paul Van Ginkel - McLarry Fine Art

Great stuff Paul.

Serge Demetrius Dube

Serge method seems unusual … but awesome.

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The Lloyd Gallery - Serge Demetrius Dube

Very nice. Powerful.

Lorretta Kyle

These amazing works speak for themselves.

Life Force

Taken Back

Coincidentally?  … Pelicans.
Like my recent photos.

Mating Season

But you can see how gorgeous her work is.

More coming .. 


Birds of Alberta 1

Falling in and out of Love with You  / Pure Prairie League / 1972

Red Winged Blackbird and Yellow Headed Blackbird

These two birds share the same habitat,
but are not friendly to each other as I’ve often see them fighting.

Our first shot of the Great Blue Heron as it flew across the pond.

Used to see these a lot out the farm. Redwings too.

Redwing. Female?

The American White Pelican

bring it on home to me  / by Playing for Change / 2017

The American White Pelican

There are about 7 kinds of pelicans on this planet.
(there’s 19 on Pluto) (joke)
4 are overseas and the rest are in the Americas.
The Pelicans see here in Alberta are the
American White Pelican.

Carseland Provincial Park. Alberta

The first time I saw these Pelicans up here
was in Montana many years ago.
I figured this was an anomaly or they were
on their way to Tibet (joke)?

Fact is, they seem to have nesting colony’s here in Canada
and Winter in Mexico. (Smart birds!)

Wikipedia says they don’t nest here in Alberta.
I’m no expert, but they sure look like they’re nesting here?

That knob develops on their bill before the breeding season.

But maybe they’re just passing through?

These Cormorants (above) – also normally considered and Sea Bird –
are hanging out here too.
OK … that’s it for the Pelicans.
Hope you enjoyed.

Mexico … Day 3?

Guantanamera / The Sandpipers / 1967

                                                                          The lobby … palatial

Signs … 
Easy to get lost on the Resort.

Everywhere you go – beautiful flowers.

And there are pools everywhere.
Some crowded – some quiet.
We prefer quiet.

                                                                        Rose in her Mayan outfit.

A walk on the beach.

Think that feels good?

You bet!

Along the strand …

Time for a libation?

The Resort next door seemed to be deserted?



A turtle!…we don’t get them in Alberta.

I just liked the artwork on this bus.

That’s what’s great about travelling – everything is a novelty.


Rumors of Pelicans …

closer to the bone / Kris

YUP, we get pelicans in Alberta.
Though I’d normally think of pelicans as being Sea Birds
they’ve been around here for a long time.
Pelicans go anywhere there’s fish.
And we’ve got fish.

So when Rose and I  heard about some Pelicans hanging out at a dam
in Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park, East of Calgary
we headed out … cameras in hand.

It’s about a hour’s drive South East of Calgary to the Park.
In this beautiful valley:

One of many beautiful river valleys carved out by the Bow River.

Plenty to do here:

Yet like many of Alberta Provincial Parks it seems
little used and almost unknown?

This is the Dam / Weir where the pelicans like to fish.

Weir: Definition: a dam in a stream or river
to raise the water level or divert its flow.
In this case the diversion is for irrigation canals.

Weirs can be dangerous.
Be aware.

We spotted the pelicans at the canal spillway on the far side.

With no telephoto lens we decide to head over to the other side.

On the other side we see more warning signs.
People have obviously died here.

But we’re going to get our pelicans shots
even if it kills us.

And there they were … completely heedless of the warning signs 
about swimming in the weir.

Never thought we’d get this  close.

They didn’t seem to mind.

These are not award winning shots. We know that.

It’s just fun.

We moved to different angle.

Whew! that’s more than enough for now …




Stuff coming … I assure you …

You’re Nobody ’till Somebody Loves You  / Dean Martin / 1964

Like I said, I get ‘stuck’ at times.

Bet there’s no toilet paper either.

Some posts just won’t come together.
And rather that just throw something on the board
I keep working on it until it’s right.

SO …..
Right now I’m working on a post about Pelicans.
We got Pelicans here in Alberta and we heard about
some hanging out at a nearby park.
I’m calling that Rumors of Pelicans.
We got some good shots.

The second post I’m working on is another post
about our Mexico trip.
It’s not coming together swiftly either.

BUT … I do work on them just about
every day.

See ’em soon …  I hope.

herons in the mist …

White Bird / by It’s a Beautiful Day / 1968

“White bird must fly …”

I’m officially old.
I take pictures of birds.

See the source image
                                                                       A white Great Blue Heron / Net Photo.

Years back I saw a pure white Heron in a marsh outside of town.
Pure white. It was beautiful!
I knew this was rare because in all my years in Alberta
I had never seen one before – or since.
But what was that bird???
I thought it might be an Egret, but Egrets don’t range up this far.
Upon much investigation I think I’ve finally solved the mystery.
Wikipedia says this:
The Great Blue Heron is found throughout most of North America …”
And it is known that Great Blue Herons can sometimes be white!!!

That’s right. Pure white.
The above images are of a white Great Blue Heron I found on the internet
and a Great Blue Heron that I photographed in Calgary last week.
I stitched the two photos together so show that it is indeed the same bird.

Here’s the other pics we shot at the pond.
Rose first spotted the Heron flying across the pond
and I snapped a quick shot.

We watched where he landed and …

… were able to get a couple of decent shots.

He agreeably posed for us.

Great Blue Heron and friends.
                                                                    Great Blue Heron and friends.

Then he headed off.

There’s a big unresolved debate as to whether the white Great Blue Herons are a “morph” or an entirely different species.

I can only show and tell my own experience.
They look identical except for their color.
That’s all I know …
Except that they are beautiful to see.

For me, a decent day of amateur bird photography.

Spring Hail Storm

Get a few of these every year.

Most don’t do much damage, but on occasion
can destroy crops, houses, cars … you name it.
This one damaged the garden out back,
but only because it lasted about half an hour.
Otherwise the hail was small – pea size we call this.
Can be golf ball size or larger …

Michael Nesmith …

Joanne / Michael Nesmith / 1970

Michael Nesmith
December 30, 1942 – December 10, 2021

I swear I just heard this on the news a couple of days ago?
Have I been in a Time Warp or something?
And I’m certain a few dozen people more notable to History and Arts have passed in the time being, but I always liked this guy.
He was a legitimate Artist, Musician, and Songwriter.

Michael Nesmith & The First National Band - The Audiophile Man
Michael Nesmith

Silver Moon / Michael Nesmith / 1970

Of course, Mike had once been a member of the Monkees –
who I despised in those times as a commercial Group
that was fabricated to fleece Teenyboppers.
There’s some truth in that, but it prevented me from appreciating
anything they did. The years have fortunately softened me in MANY, MANY ways however,  (thank GOD) and I can now go back and amend

some of  the prejudices of my youth.
One of those prejudices is that I can now appreciate
some of the songs they did.


I wanna be Free

Daydream Believer 

I’m a Believer

Take the Last Train to Clarkesville


OK … moving along now …
just not quite so fast.




Aztecs … Mexico Trip 2022 …

The Sun rises.
But it also sets.

Wikipedia says: “The Aztec Sun Stone is a late post-classic Mexica sculpture housed in the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico City,
and is perhaps the most famous work of Mexica sculpture.”
It measures 11.75 ft across …  and weighs (54,210 lb).
It is sometimes also sometimes called the Mayan Calendar, but since it was found under Mexico City – which was built on top the ancient
Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan it’s an Aztec artifact.
However Mayan and Aztec cosmology were almost identical .

But despite their great achievements in Art, Architecture, Astrology, etc.
the Aztecs were undoubtedly among the most barbaric civilizations that ever existed. At times it’s known they were practicing human sacrifice on a mass scale -ritual murder many thousands of people a year.

That finally caught up to them, and they were slaughtered by an equally barbaric culture: the Spanish Conquistadores.
That’s Karma.
Bad Karma.

But do you really think you could murder thousands and thousands of people for years and there would not be some eventual reckoning?

I think not.

Tip: (And if you’re going to utterly destroy an empire,
be sure you build your stuff on top of it.)

Our new Bird Bath!

SongBird / Eva Cassidy / 1998

I’d been wanting a Bird Bath for quite a long time.
(I got tired of all the dirty birds around here)
Truthfully though I just love to watch those little birds
splashing around in the water!
I’m sure I could have made one myself and I see lots of ideas for that
on You Tube. But I finally found this one at a local garden center.
Most of the Bird Baths I saw are pretty expensive, but I knew I’d eventually find something that suited my budget and tastes.
So … Here it is!
It’s just plastic, but it looks pretty good.
Cost 60 dollars.
I don’t think the birds will care one way or the other.
We put it out in the back yard and I’m eagerly awaiting our first guests.
Then I’ll take some pics and post ’em.

Have a great Spring!

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