Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two's Company, Four's A Team

"Two's Company, Four's A Team, oil on board , 12 x 24"

A four in hand of Kladruber horses and their grooms ....unhitching after the drive.
This is a scene from Acadia, a scene captured years ago at Wildwood Stables, but painted recently.
This painting is offered framed in a black and gold and shipping is included in its price.

Friday, January 27, 2017

In The Middle Of Winter

Winter has dropped her blanket of white on our farm. It means more studio time for me, after the shoveling and barn chores are done I head to the studio each day. I love this time of year. The farm and the forest that surrounds our home seem magical, cloaked in white as more snow falls softly from the skies.
I have been busy shipping commission and sold work for clients nation wide. New works are in the making...I hope you will find one that 'grabs you'!

"Arriving Back At The Barn" , watercolor, 9.5 x 20"   copyright 2016
The recent watercolor that I did of a four-in-hand carriage scene, up at Acadia, "Arriving Back At The Barn-Acadia", was sold as soon as it was put up on my website. I'm leaving my watercolors out for future watercolor work.... it feels good to be back into them. But I also will continue my foray into abstraction with representative work.
And so I paint [ in my cozy studio].


"Comrades"  , watercolor , 12 x 14" copyright 2017

All sun bleached and standing in the heat of the day....two handsome Belgian draft horses,and they always make me think of football players...tall and strong.
"Comrades"  is done in watercolor and gouache , and then I went in and hit places with ink at the end.
It is offered unframed. Shipping and handling is included in its price for shipping within the USA.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

White Fight - A Charcoal Study

"White Fight" charcoal and gouache 8.5 x 11" copyright 2016


Another charcoal and gouache study done of winter horse fights...when they are bored and cold.This might be developed into a painting.
This study is available now unframed , and shipping within the USA is included in its price.

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Works Done - I'm Pushing My Artistic Envelope

 It seems that I have been creating representative artwork for ages. I have. I feel a need to break out a bit from the artistic mold I have created for myself. Mind you, I am sailing unchartered waters for me...... but I am enjoying this voyage ....and I think it still nicely fits with my older work. So for the time being, I will be posting these new works in the same collection on my website as my more representative work. I only hope my collectors will come with me on this voyage. Hop abroad!!
"Rolling In The Deep" is the first...... It  happened at Acadia. A handsome spotted of a four-in-hand team.  A good roll after a good drive. It always seems to happen after a good bath too! If you have horses, you have seen them roll......often in deep something!!
 A mixed media work, it is done in acrylic, oil and casein. It is varnished and it is on a cradled board and does not need to be framed, but can be hung as is for a contemporary look.

"One In A Blue Moon" mixed media  , 6 x 6"  copyright 2016
 The second mixed media abstract work was done smaller...... same mix of media. The subject was one of two Belgians in a draft horses team working up Acadia this summer. I saw them when we were up at Wildwood Stables with our Morgan driving pair. Often I see a horse whose face captures my heart. This handsome Belgian guy was one of those horses. I really enjoyed painting this small work. "Once In A Blue Moon" is available framed .....and is ready to go!
The third one done so far is "Snow Drifting". I went into it very abstractly and then ended up finishing it in a more Japanese feel. I have always been fascinated with the woodblock work of Hokusai and Hiroshegi....I went for that feel, with an abstract spin. I really enjoyed creating this one too , as I wondered what I would do... as I worked through the composition. Another foray into abstract and representative work.......A chestnut horse rolls in the winter sunlight in his paddock of snow and hay. Dappled winter shadows , blue and purple surround the golden hay and sunlight. I have been there.......seen that.
"Snow Drifting" is also on a cradled board, with no need for a frame...ready to hang.
Ready to ship! 

"Snow Drifting" , mixed media, 12 x 12"  copyright 2016
Now I have to get back into some commission work I am I paint.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

My Interview With A National Magazine !!!

 In the middle of our summer driving 'marathon " in Acadia  National Park this year, I was contacted by Ann Pringle, the editor of Driving Digest, about doing an interview for a feature article in their fall issue #203. I was more than pleased and honored to be offered this opportunity to show my work and to answer Ann's questions about my life and my work. It's no secret that the majority of my body of work depicts the world of the driving horse. It is a equestrian discipline that I love to participate in and to paint. I hope everyone has had the chance to read the article, and to see a sample of my work as Driving Digest featured it so wonderfully. Thank you Driving Digest and Ann Pringle!!
"The Wheelers", oil , 12 x 16"  copyright 2015
I am back in the studio now....busy with the start of commission work for the holidays and new year.
I am also working on new original work. My art work is very important to me....Life goes on.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Wheelers At Acadia - A Sketch Now, A Painting Later

"The Wheelers At Acadia", charcoal and conte, copyright 2016

When the four in hand coaches come driving at Acadia, there is never a lack of inspiration for me. Often the four horses in a team are taken out as pairs....only two pulling the carriage. Its a good way to exercise the horses or get them familiar with their new surroundings. Sometimes one of the four might have a problem that keeps them from being used........and then I get to capture a pair.....its all good! "The Wheelers At Acadia"
This sketch is available. I will be painting this scene...edited a bit. But now I am offering the sketch , unframed. Shipping is included for shipments within the USA. You'd be surprised how low the price is on my sketches!!   I do ship overseas...but that of course costs more. Contact me for that.