The Intruder

I had a good time painting this, as I wondered just who the intruder really is. Is it the car, the buffalo, the dog, the boy or all of them?

What is the boy worried about… the car that obviously is not his own, but that he’s apparently allowed to drive, his faithful companion, the dog or his own safety?

We see a car broken down from running through the stream (wet spark plugs?) and the boy in front, perhaps cranking the motor, when the buffalo arrives.

The dog is attempting to protect the boy, while the boy doesn’t know what to do and just wants both the dog and the buffalo to cool it. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

The Intruder Gale F. Trapp, 2013 Acrylic on board 12x16

The Intruder
Gale F. Trapp, 2013
Acrylic on board 12×16

Santa’s Last Stop

Santa's Last Stop Gale F. Trapp, 2012 Acrylic on board

Santa’s Last Stop
Gale F. Trapp, 2012
Acrylic on board

One last stop on a remote country road and this tired “Santa” finishes his route, but not before bringing joy to excited children and relief to tired parents. I wonder though, will he actually be able to make it home?

Family Gathering

Family Gathering Gale F. Trapp, 2012

Family Gathering
Gale F. Trapp, 2012

“We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, and the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’.

Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was the land ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame.

Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with blessings of the Great Mystery.”
-Chief Luther Standing Bear of the Oglala band of Sioux