Covid Creativity: 24Oct2021

by Olga Harhaj

I just completed this oil painting recently. It is from a picture that our local photographer Katt Hebb took a few years back of John and Willie that live in Lancaster on hwy 34. I asked her if I could paint it and she gave me her permission.

They are a local icon in South Lancaster especially at the Tim Horton’s where John often stops by for a coffee with his horse Willie and his dog Blue. I knew I had to do a painting as soon as I saw the picture. The lighting is perfect and who doesn’t love a cowboy on a horse crossing a river!

John and Willie, Olga Harhaj, Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches

Don’t be shy Collectif members, we want to see your work! Send JPG images of work completed since March 2020 to with up to 100 words per image describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling more than a year into the Covid experience & how/if creativity helps. 

Give us informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt and try to include a suitable illustration of some sort. For all images please include size (height by width), title & media. Thank you!


  1. Olga – this is my favourite of yours so far! So beautiful! I love that you left off the face – to me that makes it! And yes, who doesn’t love a cowboy crossing a river on a horse!?!


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