Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Warming Up At Acadia

My favourite place to be in the summer [spring or fall] is Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Isle , Maine. For years we have been taking our horses there to experience the wonder of the carriage roads that John D. Rockefeller left to our nation. There we can enjoy a step back in time, on carriage roads created to be travelled by horse drawn carriage or by horseback. I have also had several art shows in Seal Harbor , where the main body of works exhibited have been works depicting scenes at Wildwood Stable, horses and the people who go there with their horses.

This casein depicts a scene where a driver, exercises her horse before hitching for a drive, and two ladies in their wicker phaeton prepares to head out onto the carriage roads from the grounds of Wildwood Stables. The Triad stands behind with outcrops of granite showing through the trees. It is a beautiful day!!

How I wish I were there today instead of working in my studio!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I have been invited to be part of a virtual art exhibit hosted online by Tapestry Institute in conjunction with The Voice of the Horse Conference This exhibit runs from June 30-August 31, 2007, The piece they selected is my casein “Dark Moon Ride” depicting a young man and his black Percheron draft horse on a moon lit night alone with their thoughts as they trot across the field. The innovative Voice of the Horse conference is designed to increase the understanding of the horse-human relationship at its most fundamental level -- the horse itself. Presenters include some of the nation's top horse professionals along with musicians and artists. Participants in the conference will be asked to share their stories of the horse-human relationship The conference will be held live at Iowa State University on June 30 and July 1; but it will be web cast live that weekend and it will also be available through August 31 for individuals to view and participate.This is an unique opportunity to show my artwork and participate in a study. Tapestry Institute is a federally-recognized non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ice Ponies

Even though it is sunny out here now and the trees are in full green, flowers in bloom and the grass growing way too fast......I thought I should tell you about a diptych I did last winter , but have not put onto my website yet.
These two casein paintings on canvas are only 5 x 5 inches each, painted on all sides and ready to hang or sit on a shelve, without a need to frame them. Together they make a 5 x 10 inch painting depicting a small herd of Icelandic horses eating their hay. This herd belongs to a friend who breeds Icelandic horses in Knox, Maine. Icelandics are the neatest breed, with a comfortable rack and with "brio" galore. if I didn't have Walking horses to ride, I would want a woolly big hearted Icelandic.

I am glad the snow is gone...........the birds sing and summer is not far away. But these little caseins bring back the memory of the winter.... long gone by now.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Study On A Rainy Day

Today I finished this graphite study ...... a woman and her horse. The object of her affection is a Standardbred, "Trav", who has been her trail buddy for years. He is a stately gentleman whom I have taken care of on occasion. He reminds me of my 27 old Walker, Dom, who is also a grand gentleman.
My old "Dom" sleeps in his stall today as the skies pour outside. Spoiled rotten he is! As are his 3 stablemates.......all sleeping in dry stalls and munching hay watching the rain come down.