Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blue Blue Sea and Miranda
Blue was a very special OTTB. He passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2013.
When I heard of his passing, I knew that I wanted to paint his portrait so Miranda could remember him forever.
When I asked them to send me their favorite picture of Blue, they sent this picture.
I loved it but I had never painted a portrait of a person. I was scared to attempt it because I wanted it to be perfect but I could not say "no".
After 3 1/2 months, setting it aside for the last month, this is the completed painting.
I will be sending it out tomorrow with a prayer that whenever Miranda sees this, she will again be filled with the love she and Blue shared.


 The study

In process

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dusty's portrait is done!

Dusty's portrait was completed and delivered on August 8 to a very happy Amanda! She waited so patiently for the completion. 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dusty's Portrait

I am working on Dusty's portrait. It is coming along slowly.

Layer upon layer, the colors go on.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Learning to paint horses

I have been volunteering and riding at a wonderful stable, Forward Stride. They have amazing horses that are used for Equine Therapy for disabled riders and riding lessons. It was just a matter of time before I started to attempt to paint them. These are my first attempts.
Dusty, an Appolusa
Blesi and Bear. I ride the lighter one, Blesi for my lessons.
I am hoping to spend more time with my painting and artwork.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Chinese Brush Painting Practice

I am learning to think more like the Chinse Artists in their practice of painting.
In traditional watercolor, the object is to try to paint a close representation of the subject.
The Chinese attempt feel what their subject is feeling and paint with that emotion, more spontanious and free.
This was my result of "letting go" and being spontanious.
Joni, trust me, my chickadees will get rounder and fluffier. The shape of this one is more like a robbin!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Deer Pair

This is the newest painting that I have been working on.  It is a pair from a wildlife refuge in Alaska. I am pretty sure they are Mule Deer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Slow but Steady Progress

As you can see, the progess can be slow.
At this stage, pretty much every brushstroke counts.
I am working on the shadows and muscle details.