Saturday, October 22, 2011

art and life

So, today is my birthday ... I'm not so old yet that I've stopped counting. hahaha

I decided to share some of my recent art. This is a piece I created which is a process towards my thesis:

I really like the layering of watercolor and the drips. It's something different, loose and I think fun. It also is abstract and realistic, and I don't think it's over done. It's going to be hard to live up to this one .... maybe. What do you think of this new approach?

And this watercolor painting is of a commission:

The commissionee used to work at the golf course and he was visiting when he saw some sample paintings I had in the proshop and then he spent the night dreaming of hole he'd want me to paint. This is hole 15 and I have the white flowers he loved which grew in the rough and the green, bunker and pin of hole 4 peeping through the trees on the left. He absolutely loved it!!! I love it when my customers are in love with the painting I did just for them!   :-D

And now I have a picture of a woman who is part of a draft horse community which has commissioned me many, many times. I got to visit with her today, after many years. It was good to catch up on life. This photo is of her and her youngest team of European style Belguin horses (they are chunkier, like a bulldog) Hal (6 years old) and June (9 years old). I have painted both of their mothers (Daisy and Grace). So, here they are getting a load of anticipating parents and youngsters at a nearby orchards:

June is on the left and Hal is on the right. June is like a rock, she is a sound horse and very trusty, which is fantastic because Hal wasn't sure of some things along the dirt road winding through the apple, pear, and peach trees.

And lastly, I leave you with Obi. Today he is a 7 week 1 day old Blue Heeler/Border Collie mix. He's as cute as a button and I sooooo would love to have him, but he's my boss's new pup. So, here's OB (golf term for Out of Bounds) <3

I took this at work today, he was playing outside before I came into work and when he came in, we put him on the counter and started to take a nap. This is him waking up because his daddy came back in after playing in a tournament.

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

some artists I'm looking at

So, today I met with my two thesis advisors and I decided that I would post some images done by artists which I was told would be good for me to look into their work.

Saddle Horse, Palestine
10 x 14 in watercolor painting

Man Leading Horse
10 x 14 5/16 in graphite drawing


Butterfield working in her studio

Cabin Fever
Acrylic on canvas

Unknown title

Saturday, October 8, 2011

cupcakes anyone?

If you're into cupcakes, then I have the blog for you!

One of my community college friends just started a blog about her journey of making cupcakes! YUM! Jump over there and take a peep, you might find something you can't resist to try. :-D

And she takes fantastic pictures, like the one below.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kittyhawk Kigers aka Wild Ones Youth Ranch

Today after I was done working at the golf course, I went over to Wild Ones Youth Ranch (also known as Kittyhawk Kigers). I was able to take some photos of their beautiful horses! :-D

I took lots of photos for reference for my thesis work. Here is one of their two stallions.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Kiger Mustangs

For today I decided to blog about the Kiger Mustangs. They are a beautiful breed of wild horses which are thought to be the purest strand of wild horses dating back to the Spanish conquistadors. As many of you know, I was able to go to the Steens Mountain area and was able to view them in the BLM Wild Horse Corrals. 

I think they are beautiful, what do you think?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy October!

I love the month of October. I love how the leaves change from green to yellow to orange and red. The crunch they make when you step on them on a dry brisk morning is the best. Or maybe I love this month because my birthday during it? hahaha ....

What do you like about this time of year?