art on my walls
Very Personal Choices From 5 Continents
"I don't know much about art, but I
know what I like" applies to a lot of us, and I am no exception. I
like variety and colour contrasts. Nothing here is valuable, famous,
or even worth preserving, but they have brought me pleasure and fond
memories of places and things that appealed to me.
If you have read
my Vision Loss
page, you might appreciate that I can no longer see the art on my
walls, so it's really there as a conversation starter for visitors.
I can sometimes see the images on this page because they are small
enough and bright enough to be assembled in my mind.
I have been a keen
observer and fan of railways, and transportation in general, since I
was 5 years old. Trains, planes, ships, automobile, and now space
craft form the fabric of modern economic activity. Nothing has
transformed world history more nor left such a huge footprint on the
planet. Younger people take transportation for granted and cite
social media as the "world changer" but it was transportation that
made room for a society with enough spare time to allow for the
Internet, Google, and Facebook to exist.
"Jull Snow Excavator", water colour by
View near Hancock Colorado in April 1890 on the
Denver, South Park and Pacific Railway (DSP&P)
mainline to Alpine Tunnel ,with four pusher locomotives, This original painting, and its twin shown below, take pride of place in my
Mr. Orange Jull, inventor
of the centrifugal snow excavator, stands at the railing on the
roof of the plow to observe operations,
water colour by
Here is the W.
H. Jackson photo from April 1890 that is the model for Jan Rons'
watercolour shown above.
by Ted Blaylock. Listen to that roar as it passes by!
A wonderful piece of wall-art produced in the 1970's. It
consists of a brass-coloured plaque with DSP&P Cooke Mogul #111
(#69 before 1885) and a beautiful arch-windowed coach,
possibly DSP&P #57, 58, or 59 (#7, 9, 10 before 1885). This is
mounted on a mahogany base, along with a complete weather station
consisting of French-made thermometer, barometer, and humidity
CAD drawing is by
Gould shows DSP&P 2-6-6T Mason Bogie
#6 "Tenmile" before the change
to "plain-jane" black in 1885. I have 1:20, 1:24, 1:48, amd 1:87
of this locomotive in my collection.
giclee prints of the famous Denver, South
Park and Pacific Mason Bogie Locomotives
These memories of my favourite locomotive hang in my office, and
trigger thoughts of my years in model railroading, which
concentrated on the South Park from the 1990's to the present.
"DSP&P 2-6-0 Mogul
#18 on Freemont Pass", by Tucker Smith.
The locomotive colours
(red boiler and cow catcher and green cab) are the same as the LGB 1:22
scale model of Denver South Park and Pacific #18
(LGB model #2018D)
-- another memorial to my Garden
Some art is more personal and evokes fond memories of places past
and present - like my ranch, travels, or significant events in my
(Narrow Gauge Steam
-- Blonay-Chamby Baye de Clarens Viaduct )
Memories of Switzerland
2009. Prints from Gerald
"Paddle Steamer Italie at Montreaux, Lac Leman".
Memories of Switzerland -- print from Gerald
"New Beginnings" and
"Small Wonder" -- Hereford calf prints by Ailene Halvorson.
Memories of cold nights and wonderful mornings at
Rocking Are Herefords.
"The Beef Starts Here", print #336 of 400 by Darcy Shaver -- the frame
itself is a work of art.
The view on the right is a close approximatio to my "Ultimate Cabin
in the Woods" that I built in the bush in Central Alberta. It didn't
take long to turn it into a working purebred Hereford ranch,
Rocking Are Herefords.
"Running Horses" -- Chinese Scroll on silk
Memories of a 1974 business trip, before China was "discovered" by
"1948 MG-TC", silk screen, limited edition #5 of 7 by Ian Stewart
-- my favourite car.
At various times I owned four different MG cars, an MG-TC in
Australia, two different MG-TD's in Canada, and an MGB-GT that made
the trip from Calgary to Montreal in 48 hours to see Expo '67,
(celebrating Canada's 100th birthday).
"Sydney Opera House", oil on canvas by Bai Yi -- those were
I was just turning 29 and assigned to be Resident Manager of a
seismic data pocessing center in Sydney,
with a staff of 45 and a budget of $1 million a year. The sharks
weren't all in the water!
OF DAYS PAST
"Lifetime Achievement Award" from Canadian Well Logging Society
Rocky Mountains and Foothils tactile sculpture, with Gamma Ray well
"Horned Hereford Bull" and
with Calf", Beswick figurines
Commorating 40 years of ranch life.
"China National Railway 150th Anniversary" -- in mempry of my 1974
trip from Hong Kong through Canton to Shanghai by steam train en
route to Beijing.
"Great Pyrenees Mountain Dog", Sandcast Figurine
In memory of six Great Pyrenees,
along with six other lovely mutts, four Red-Point Siamese cats, and
other assorted critters that preserved my sanity over the
"Siberian Tiger" (rug as a wall hanging), 30 x 52 inches. Handmade
by ladies of Dhaka Women's Cooperative.
Momento of five trips to Bangladesh for SSI on behalf of CIDA in the
"Camel and Pyramids" wall hangings, Acrylic on burlap, 33 x 48
Mpmento of some hair-raising trips to Libya and Kuwait for SSI in