The Return of Val Haynes by Sue Nichol

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This is my translation of Black Sage Dawn a beautiful image by John Poon which I was lucky enough to work on for Sojie 12
Oil on block canvas 90 × 60 cm 103 views 8.7.11.

This is what John has to say about the location:
The Black Sage Rd., running from Oliver to Osoyoos, BC, Canada, is a desert scenic beauty.
The ruins of a house and barn dates back to the time when cattle ranching was king in this area. The buildings belonged to Val Haynes, son of the colourful Judge John Haynes who was a law-and-order peace officer, the first customs official at the Osoyoos border crossing, and a cattle baron. This is now a protected historical site.

In my translation I have tried to convey the isolation of the building, the mystery and the feeling of a time gone by. The spirit of Val Haynes’ is represented by the eagle in the sky. Hence the title.


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The failure!

I am so thrilled and delighted to receive this amazing honour in Sojie 12

Lynda Robinson Fine Art Awards
Medium Master Oil
SoJie 12, August 2011


black sage barn, canada, atmosphere, sue nichol

My love of the sea stems from my childhood. I was born in Hartlepool on the North East coast and visited the little fishing village of Staithes often, as I still do today. The fishing cobles to be found on the North East coast serve as my models.

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  • Redviolin
    Redviolinabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you!:)

    – Sue Nichol

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 3 years ago

    Absolutely stunning Sue! The colours are wonderful and the mood is sublime!

  • Thank you so much, it has been a great journey! :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Eddy Aigbe
    Eddy Aigbeabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic. I absolutely love your interpretation. And the history of the building makes it all the more fitting :) Congratulations on pulling it off :D

  • Thank you so much, it was touch and go I can tell you!

    – Sue Nichol

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeabout 3 years ago

    Wow! Such a lovely painting Sue ! You have done wonder with this photo and translated it so beautifully!

  • Thank you so much, Beatrice, it has been a great challenge.

    – Sue Nichol

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesabout 3 years ago

    Looks fabo and I love how you’ve changed the hues, gives it a more uplifting feel

  • Thank you so much, I wanted to give it a lighter feel:))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Glen Allen
    Glen Allenabout 3 years ago

    Lovely work

  • Thank you Glen!

    – Sue Nichol

  • Elizabeth Bravo
    Elizabeth Bravoabout 3 years ago

    Sue, this is so beautiful……I love the crisp feel and the chill in the air as if a heavy frost has fallen.over like a blanket… feels more like frost to me than snow….A place where I can take a deep breath. Wonderful job!!!
    Can’t wait to see the next!!!

  • Thank you so much, Elizabeth and for all your support. I think it is frost too, I also can’t wait to see the next one, I have never painted anything like it in my life!

    – Sue Nichol

  • Mike  Waldron
    Mike Waldronabout 3 years ago

    I thought this might be yours, Sue !! Excellent work :- ))

  • Thank you so much, Mike:))

    – Sue Nichol

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerabout 3 years ago

    I love it, big time:)! Like Elisabeth said; a place to take a deap breath and feel the cool fresh air enter your lungs:)!

  • Thank you Rene, much appreciated. don’t forget to email your image, my canvas is primed and ready to go! :))

    – Sue Nichol

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 3 years ago

    this turned out so well sue an amazing interpritation !Liz

  • Thank you Liz, and for the fave much appreciated.:))

    – Sue Nichol

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