Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
For the Breed A Week project - Marwari Horses
These are a very old breed from India that were the prized steeds of the royals and could only be owned by royalty and warriors! They are known for thier distinctive inward turned and curled ear tips, and, are a beautiful and hardy all around performance horse.
"Marwari Gold" 5x7 oil on birch
"Marwari Pinto" 2.5x3.5" ACEO oil on multimedia art board.
Once the Auctiva Commerce store is up and running, I will be listing everything I have in it, small originals and prints, and all my larger paintings, too. I will continue to offer my smaller paintings on ebay for awhile, too, for a short listing run. After a week listing, any unsold small work on eBay will go into the estore next. All the larger new work and new prints will go directly to the estore. It is my hope eventually to get this new estore selling well enough to eliminate selling on ebay, but, for now eBay is still the only game in town...even with all thier new seller-unfriendly changes.
So, that is the plan. Now, to get it going!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I know this is so true for myself and for many other artists, too! Everything I paint is a struggle to 'see' it right and I always have to make many corrections along the way before anything is 'finished' (being finished usually meaning I can't see anything more to correct at that time)! Sometimes, I'll do something I'm particularly proud of, until time-experience-education show me all its flaws. Learning to see it correctly, and, to apply what I see or know, is a constant learning process. I strive for perfection of form, color, composition, and character. I learn from each and every piece of artwork I complete, and, even if I never quite seem to achieve what I have in mind, I improve with each new attempt, getting closer to that elusive perfection I envision.
I produce my very best work, now-at this point in time, yet, future works will eventually eclipse the older. Still, each work must stand alone unique and a testament to my abilities at the point in time that I create them. I often cringe when I look at my older work, because I see the flaws that I couldn't see then - when I created it. I accept those flawed works, however, that I once was so proud of, because each painting was a triumph, too, a culmination of my experience and ability at that moment in time, and, a vital stepping stone of growth as an artist and the foundations to visions and direction for new work in the future. I truly could not paint what I do today if I had never struggled, persevered, and finally brought to a finish each and every artwork I did in the past!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Please note the brand on his butt! This could use a little tweaking in the composition! Haha!
This one jumps foreward a few years to 9th grade. I was 15yrs old and we were living at Upper Heyford AFB in England. I had a great art teacher, Coach Wiley, who gave me the tools, a few tips of how-to and left me alone to do it! I learned from him how to make my own canvases, from cutting the wood to stretching the canvas and gessoing. I created hand-thrown pottery and learned about firing and glazing...and I created this...
"Black Charger" aprox. 12x18" fired clay with black shoe polish and lacquer. I didn't use an armature (what's that?) so, his legs were a bit saggy on the far side. When I fired the clay, however, the whole sculpture blew up in the kiln...guess I missed an air pocket, lol! Anyway, I glued it all back together and the missing parts in the base rockwork actually added to the character of the rocks, luckily! It could not be fired again to use traditional glazes, so, Coach showed me how to use shoe polish and laquer to put a gorgeous irridescent blue-black finish on it.
The ultimate high-stepping, extreme-action equine machine, the Hackney Horse is one of the oldest breeds. Developed in England hundreds of years ago as a durable, versatile and elegant coach and riding horse, the Hackney has influenced many of the modern American breeds of horses such as the standardbreds, morgans, american saddle horses and many more. Once a very popular and widespread breed, today the Hackney Horse is quite rare and considered an endangered breed.
In these close-up images, the woodgrain (vertical lining) of the birch panel shows very clearly, however, it is not this apparent in the physical painting. I sand the panels very smooth before I gesso them, and, they are also sanded again before they are ready to paint on, so, in fact these panels have very smooth surfaces except for the texture of the applied oil paint. The woodgrain is still visible and adds a subtle quality to the finished artwork, however, for some reason, the scanner and the camara always seem to emphasis the woodgrain, so, I just want you to know it is much more subtle than these photos show.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Planning ideas for mustang series
Guidehorse paintings study
Planning sketches for "Malpais Gold" painting
"Appy Roping Horse"
"Australian Stock Horse"
I also entered into the competition for the 3 joker cards in the set, and although I did not win a slot, these are the cards I painted for it. The red joker is the card I entered as only one piece could actually be entered. I call these my ManJack Jokers and they are Leftovertaurs - created from the surplus parts from the creation of the centaurs...by some deity with a very strange sense of humor!
"ManJack Joker" 2.5"x3.5" oil (shown larger than lifesize)
More new work this week includes another appaloosa horse painting, another ACEO card.
"Appy & Barn" 2.5"x3.5" oil (lifesize)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
"Irish Draught" graphite sketch 4x6"
I bought a wonderful leather-bound sketchbook with more than 300 pages to it at the start of this project. It is my goal to fill this with drawings from the Horse Breed Challenge and any other subjects that strike my fancy! Another project I am participating in on WetCanvas is the Dog Breed project that runs every two weeks. I'll be mixing the dogs in with the horses in this new sketchbook, too. I have been drawing and painting horses all my life, but, dogs are a new subject for me, so, this project will be a really great way to get to know some of the dog breeds and get my feet wet with canine art.
"Pug" 4"x6" oil painting