Friday, August 30, 2013

"Breitenbush VIII"

Last weekend I went out to the Breitenbush River again with my husband, but this time we went up the river further than usual - through a forest road that's not even on Topo Maps.  I set up my easel for a little while and painted this 8" x 10" watercolor of some trees that had fallen across the river.

"Breitenbush VIII"
8" x 10"

"Riding the Line - Rod and Lucky"

It was the night of wrangler roping in 2010 and I was borrowing Cougar's fancy/nice camera, Rod (one of the four bosses for wranglers) was warming up his buckskin gelding, Lucky, and his roping arm. I snapped a couple photos of the duo in the large dirt arena. A couple weeks ago I decided to use one of the photos I'd taken and use a different photo for the background, which is of a nearby pasture at the base of the Tooth of Time at Philmont.

"Riding the Line - Rod and Lucky"
11" x 14"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Changes ...

Well, you might be noticing that I'm not cranking out a ton of paintings lately. I am changing my pace nowadays. A couple weeks ago I would come home from work and just sit and paint, and paint, and paint. For the past couple weeks I've come home from work and cooked dinner, tidy up the apartment, spend 30 minutes to an hour painting, go for a 2 ½ mile walk, and do stretches before bed. With so many more things to do each day, I have less concentrated time to work on paintings. So, I will be working on longer, more detailed paintings (with plans to have them available in greeting cards and giclée fine art prints) and I also have some commissions lined out for the next month or so.

With my regiment to walking 5 days a week and eating wisely (I started my first ever real diet - the Atkins Diet), I feel energized during my walk and I love walking around the dirt track/trail I found nearby at a elementary school. This commitment to my walks really helps with over 8 hours of office work and then on top of that sitting and painting, I need to be active again. Plus, I'm almost finished with all my therapy appointments I've been attending from when my car was rear ended in March, so all this exercise is helping with my recover - strengthening my muscles. :-) 

Here's to health and art!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Throwback Thursday - "Weekend Retreat"

My first Throwback Thursday! And this is the first (I think) painting I did from my adventures at Philmont Scout Ranch. This is of my Cavalcade Horseman, Cougar (don't worry it's just a nickname), and he was riding Gunner and Sidewinder (the palomino) was one of the two pack horses we used for the smaller crew on cav. This image doesn't do the painting justice … I'm happy to say that the parents of Coug bought this painting!

I believe I painted this in 2010 or 2011; at any rate, it was before I was married. :-)
Enjoy, an oldie …

"Weekend Retreat"
11" x 14"

Thursday, August 8, 2013

An Equine Jubilee, Celebrating the Horse in Art (Show)

It was bout this time last year when I heard about An Equine Jubilee, Celebrating the Horse in Art (Show) and I saw all the horse artists I admired had piece(s) accepted, and I thought to myself - next year I will do it! And I entered three of what I thought were my best paintings: "Begging for More (Rein)," "Girlfriend Time," and "Golden Days of Summer."

About a week later I heard back and "Golden Days of Summer" was accepted into the show!!!

Show digital postcard:

So, the other night after I went to TAP Plastics to get some non-glare plexi, picked up nice double mat boards, I assembled my piece, wrapped it up in (what seemed like 50 yards) of bubble wrap and I sent it in the mail to The Arts Castle in Delaware, Ohio. So if you're in the neighborhood when the show is on (about 2 months duration!), then swing by and look at all the art. There are 41 artists represented with a grand total of 77 pieces.

And I have limited edition giclée fine art prints available of "Golden Days of Summer" on my Etsy Shop. In real life the prints look identical to the original, every detail - even down to the paper textured just like the watercolor paper I use!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rip and Nimitz

Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz bronze statue by Rip Caswell. 
This was one if the parties held before this monumental bronze sculpture heads off to its permanent home in front of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor.