Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sketches Are Art -The Carriage Horse

"Carriage Horse"  Charcoal and Gouache on Strathmore Gray Scale paper - 7.5 x 10
The age old profile of a classical horse...a carriage horse..... holds so much strength and nobility if its bearing.
I am playing around with some ideas for some future paintings. "Carriage Horse".... This charcoal and gouache work is now available.
Our weather in mid-coast Maine has been primo of late. Days of brilliant sunshine, with cool nights produced lovely fall foliage to decorate the forest that surrounds our farm. The colors are  now gone. Our horses are reveling in green pastures and bug free grazing. Perfect weather for carriage driving. Not enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do....but lovely never the less. Waiting on the snow to start.
I have more work on my plate than ever and each day I awaken with purpose and joy ......ready to hit the studio and give life to new creations.
Paint and charcoal.... I paint.

Lady Whip

"Lady Whip" , oil on canvas on board, 12 x 12" Sold

Watching horses being harnessed and hitched to their carriage always fascinates me. One can tell a lot about  people around  horses, by just watching how they handle their horses. This lovely scene of a lady whip as she hitches her handsome pair of hackney horses on a hot summer day captured my muse and had to be painted. I worked on this painting over time, working on it a bit, then putting it face to the wall, as I worked on other paintings. It is now done. As soon as I had it done and posted on line, it was “sold”. I am very pleased with that.
Fall has arrived on our farm. Much needed rain has come and quenched the thirsty ground and fall color has exploded in the forest around our fields. Each afternoon I take my JRT, Nell, for a long walk around our fields and through our woods.
Our gardens lay waiting on cleaning before winter sets in. Until that time our resident gleaners are harvesting the drops in garden and orchard. I love fall and all it brings. It brings hint of winter…….
AND It is that time of year when folks ask about commission work. Yes, I do accept commissions. If wanted for Christmas, time is getting close.Don't miss out. And I do give gift certificates, so that someone special can pick out that special painting to grace their walls....or get a painting of their horse or driving turnout.
Christmas IS coming!!  
But for now I wish everyone a happy and blessed Thanksgiving day!
Until then I will paint.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

My Advice...... Gather No Moss

"Gather No Moss" , mixed media, 12 x 12" copyright 2017

  Always moving it seems. Seldom still. A horse grazes, covering ground in search of food.....and rolls to rid it's self of burdens and bugs.
A scene that is often seen on our farm ....and on farms and plains all across our land.
Like a rolling stone......gather no moss.
This is another in my foray into abstraction work. I will continue to explore my abstraction and representational mix. I hope you like it!
I will paint
"Gather No Moss" is available , and ready to ship to your home.  

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Painting - Cavallo Nel Campo

"Cavallo Nel Campo", oil ,12 x 12"

  Summer comes and goes too quickly it seems. It feels like only yesterday that we were planting seeds and waiting for them to sprout. Now we spend days mowing grass that grows too fast and trying, in vain, to keep up with the gardens and farm work. Days spent carriage driving at Acadia are few and far between . But I am getting into the studio and am painting and drawing as time allows. I have so many photos to pour over for future I actually look forward to slower days with the coming of fall.
"Cavallo In Campo" [ meaning Horse In The Field in Italian] was inspired by one of our horses, who often just stands watching what is going on in the woods surrounding our fields. He can stand for what seems hours just watching........watching life go by in the world around the world out side of his pasture....his world.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Burro In Harness

"Burro In Harness" , mixed media, 18 x 12"
Long Ears have always fascinated me since I was a child.  I have had ponies, horses. ..big and small over the years. .... Yet I have never had a burro, donkey or ass. I remember the sweet burros that were pulling brightly colored carts on the Canary Islands and Sicily on my first voyage to Europe. This burro was from a locale closer to where I live now. This cute fellow is an American 'Equus Asinus'.....and he is a fine subject.
This mixed media work is done in charcoal, conte and gouache on Strathmore Gray Scale paper. This work is available through Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook, NY.

By Summer's End

"By Summer'sEnd" , mixed media, 18 x 18" copyright 2017

   There have been so many horses that have come into our life over the years. Some we bought. Some we were given and some were born into our arms.  With horse ownership and the love of the horse, comes a lot of responsibilities. I think that when we accept the horse into our life we owe them a promise of security and care for the rest of their life. In this painting I was thinking about that responsibility and hopefully I have captured it metaphorically. The end of summer....a season , a era ending.
 By Summer's End is on gallery wrapped canvas and is ready to hang.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Gelding - A New Painting

"'The Gelding" , Mixed Media,  11 x 14" copyright 2017


This chestnut gelding has the reputation of a saint. He is an honest horse. ....and his honest face always inspires me to want to draw or paint him. He has the look of a horse who is a survivor, who has been through some hard times and has learned how to get to play by the rules.  I wish I knew his story. I wish he could talk and tell me about his life. Maybe by my painting him ,I can capture his soul...and show The Gelding ' s story.