Art and Positive Thinking

Welcome to my Renee Loves Art blog!

My focus is exploring, creating and reflecting upon the positives of life and connecting them to my art whether it be photography, pen and ink drawings, watercolour paintings, mixed media, digital media or any other possible media I dive into!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Saluting a Positively Western Lifestyle

This week is Stampede Week in Medicine Hat, and it is a way of saluting a positively western lifestyle.  For many people who live in the city, it is a time to wander around the stampede grounds meeting friends, enjoying carnival rides,eating candy apples, cotton candy, corn dogs, and taking in the free shows like the trick dogs, hypnotists and musicians.  However, for many people other rural people, it is a time to celebrate our history and rural lifestyle.  The skills the cowboys and cowgirls exhibit are skills that they use on their ranches and farms and go back in history. I enjoy spending time with the animals.  Every year, I have to visit the petting zoo, much to my families' dismay; I could probably spend the whole day there!  The exhibition barns are also a favourite place for me, as well as the art exhibits!  Luckily, the weather so far has been very agreeable, so a day at the grounds can be totally positive!  My pictures for today are a salute to a positive western lifestyle, the patterns, the lines, the colours, the bravery, the dreams, the tradition!

We Salute You

May's Riggin'

Wagon Wheel


Perfect Day

Getting Ready!

Ranch Roping

I Can Do It, Dad!

I Really Love You!

Ah, This Is The Life!

He Likes It Wild!

It's In Her Eyes

At Peace

Flying in Shadow

Team Work

I hope everyone has a great Stampede Week!

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  1. Well, we were sitting in the grandstand the same night! Did you see me wave to you? Haha! That was so silly of me. I should've asked if you were going I could have met you in person! Hope you had a great time!

  2. I thought of that too, when it was too late and in Lethbridge the next day! I could have met a real live Stampede Queen. I could have got your autograph and hung your photograph in our barn with the other Stampede Queen photos! Heehee!

  3. Again, such great photos showing off a great show! I love the closeups of the horse! Beautiful Renee!

  4. Horses are so photogenic! Thanks again!

  5. Beautiful entries Renee. I love your collage drawings...all the beautiful line work, the colour and the variety of things you obviously adore. You're a darn good photographer too.


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