Archive for February, 2009

“The Herd” goes Green

February 26, 2009
YES!  "The Herd" goes green

YES! "The Herd" goes green

Gosh, I feel so much better… When the mood comes I must be ready. The last two days has been a personal struggle and thinking of what to do next with the background.. Well here  it is not finished,  but I have moved to the next degree with this painting. I will continue with this one this week.

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Cades Cove

February 26, 2009

Cades Cove a calming and centering place
Cades Cove a calming and centering place

A friend of mine finds this place the most calming place in the world. I have to agree. As I mentioned yesterday I am working on bringing calmness to my life.  Saw this picture I took last year and thought for tonight I would put the shot into the blog.

Looking at this photo is a great way to center myself.   But, this weekend be ready for colour is coming to my paintings!  “The herd” needs an update! 

It has been a busy week of working my other jobs and I am ready to just be an artist. and paint. It can’t come soon enough.

Enjoy my photo from Cades Cove….  It amazes me that everyday this tree stands on this ground… no matter what we do or what is going on around it.  It is just there showing its strength and calmness.  So beautiful. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18  NIV  give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

“Pick Me” painted for Road to the Horse 2007

February 25, 2009
"Pick Me" was painted for Road to the Horse 2007

"Pick Me" was painted for Road to the Horse 2007

This painting is own by a gentleman here in Huntsville. A Road to the Horse painting!  I got the idea for this painting after seeing the horses in the herd almost appearing to want to be selected by the trainers at Road to the Horse. The horses were positioning themselves to show their best side.  They were looking  good and wanting to be just right so they could be picked and trained by a gentle horseman.  The skill of the horseman at the show is unbelievable the way they take a young horse and prepare it to encounter all kinds of obstacles is amazing.  When you see a horse ridden after a couple of hours  of work you know the trainers are special.  The calmess of the trainer is something I will never forget.

Last year when a young horse ran away from Chris Cox and went to the far end of the arena Chris calmly followed the horse explaining this was a great opportunity for he and the horse to learn something. When all had gone wrong he was looking at this as an opportunity to make things better. Wow, so much can be learned from a horseman. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could react to things this way in our own daily lives.  I’m working on that right attitude now and although it is a struggle I have asked God to help me. I am calming and life is good!

Hopefully, tomorrow I can get back to painting on “The Herd” much to do there now the background needs to be reworked.

Holly, for you I will try to introduce green into the painting.

To Windward

February 24, 2009
"To Windward" 30"X30" owned by Rhett and Mary Farrior

"To Windward" 30"X30" owned by Rhett and Mary Farrior

I am working on horse paintings for the Horse show…. but I still love my sailboat paintings. As Holly says she loves the movement in the water. I do too. I have to do three more sailboat paintings. Rhett is expecting one and so is Danny Quirk. Going to have to quit my day job. This particular painting , “TO Windward” is one of my favorite paintings. Another example of a painting that came together very easy. I was a bit of a challenge because the colors were not the ones I feel comfortable working with, but heck… I love all colors! Sometimes the reds and orange are just more comfortable for me.

Trouble in “The Herd”

February 22, 2009
Color comes to the background and I do not like it!

Color comes to the background and I do not like it!

I started working with the background of “The Herd” and don’t like it… there is no contrast and so the horses of the herd are lost in the background. I may follow Holly’s suggestion (she likes blue) and work with a more calming blue color to have the horses come to the front. After all they are the subject. I feel good about the horse’s characters and personality that have been sketched in.  Of course they will need more work.  I’m already thinking about my next horse painting and how it will be more of a  focus on just a couple of horses rather than a larger herd.

I will work on this painting more today since I will be in Florida most of next week. I would like to get “The Herd” to a finishing point before I leave. I have much painting to do before Road to the Horse.

Hope you are enjoying the evolution process of my paintings.

Saturday Morning and Back to The Horses… THE HERD has been started

February 21, 2009
"The Herd" 30" X 40"

"The Herd" 30" X 40"

The break has been long enough last night I started a painting I’m calling “The Herd” until the final name is selected. After several hours of consideration the composition and started applying paint this is what it looks like. I feel pretty good about the progress of this painting. No stumbling over the confusion of balance between realism and the abstract. The painting is going pretty smooth. Hope to have another update tonight or Sunday for sure.

Congratulations TO David Hajari

February 20, 2009

David has perfected his anime drawings
David has perfected his anime drawings

David is available to do animal portraits
David is available to do animal portraits

Congratulations David!
David was accepted into the first level of the Huntsville Art League, HAL. David is Susan Russell’s son and he excels with his art talents. We are all so proud of him and the progress he has made with his art. David is self taught and dreams of going to art school. David, we support you in this dream!

HAL accepted David into their Visions program and he will be able to display his work at HAL. If you would like to contact David for more information about his artwork or the possibility of having a portrait made you may do so at:

Website: www.Raptor007.deviantart.com

e-mail: raptorart@yahoo.com

Cell:  1.256.509.0760

Again, congrats, David!

 

Sailing…. What a wonderful life!

February 18, 2009

One of my favorite sailing painings

One of my favorite sailing painings


Teri, a friend of mine owns this painting. I love it. I feel I captured at least a moment of the exciteent of sailing. Some days are exciting some days are calm and romantic. but all days on the water are wonderful. Teri, I hope you are enjoying your painting ( I know you are) I will be starting a new horse painting tomorrow so stay close!

Peter Takes a Break from Painting

February 17, 2009
Pam takes the Helm in heavy seas

Pam takes the Helm in heavy seas

When winds calm Mark asks to take the helm

When winds calm Mark asks to take the helm

When the weather becomes more romantic Peter drinks a beer

When the weather becomes more romantic Peter drinks a beer

Peter had to take a break from painting and so sailing was the answer. Sunday after noon Peter took Pam and Mark out on “Southern Star” for a windy and chilly afternoon of high wind sailing. Winds reached 14 knots and were constant out of the southwest. Other than a bit of a chill the heaters kept everyone warm and it was a wonderful day. Great Sailing! Tomorrow it is back to painting.

I’m Excited! Horses now named “Determination”

February 15, 2009
"Determination"  I really feel good about this one!

"Determination" I really feel good about this one!

Last night things just seemed to come together. I feel excited about this painting because I really feel I have captured the drama and determination of Horse. This powerful painting comes to life and I am thrilled as you can tell about its development. From this painting I will do a series of large close-up paintings to further push towards the drama and determination of the Horse. “Determination” 30″X40″ Acrylic