Friday, July 30, 2010

Opening In Saratoga Springs,NY.

"Cinching Up"    casein on board      12 x 12"

"What Are You Looking At"          casein on board         12 x 12"

These are two of  my  three paintings depicting hunter-jumper scenes, that are part of my work in the Equidea Gallery Exhibit. The gallery is holding its champagne and artists' reception to night in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. from 6 - 8 pm. Equidea Gallery is housed in the Holiday Inn and is open throughout the racing season.
I have other work hanging in this show....stop in and see!!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A New Casein And A Pen & Ink

"Lady And Her Horse"    Casein on Paper        12 x 9"

The days have been flying by, as I play nurse-maid and farm manager at Cob Cottage, while my husband recuperates from his carriage driving accident at Acadia National Park. He is on the mend..., but it will be a slow process, as his 4 broken ribs heal. This means I have less actual studio time. But I have been able to squeeze some sketching time into each day, so as not to have them be a total loss art-wise. So I did do this casein on take on a elegant lady and her steed, a painting prompted by the photography of Lisa Sjodahl for Coldwell Production in Sweden. Yvonne Lauklija is the producer of Coldwell Production and she has become a close Face Book friend!......and her horses are so handsome. She is the creative force behind this shot.

Another friend,a collector of my work, sent me a great shot of her driving horse,and carriage turnout. This prompted a pen and ink sketch.....I did it between waiting on my ailing husband.
It is about 8 1/2 x 12 " and is on Strathmore paper.
"Lady Whip"    8.5 X 12"      pen & ink

I am excited to say that my painting "Shades Of Gray #7- "Ladies In White" has made it into the top ten in the Bold Brush Competition...which qualifies it to be awarded a place in their "Fav15". This is a pleasant surprise. But the voting does continue until the end of the if you are just reading this I would love to have your vote....just click the "like-button" up on their art show page. The link available is above.. on the artwork's title. That will take you right there. Thanks!!

You can also clink on to this  get to the page to vote!

And now down to the barn I go to 'manage  the farm".....a polite to say muck stalls!! ;-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Another People's Choice?

I have entered my oil painting, "Shades of Gray #7 -  Ladies in White"  into the July 2010 FineArtViews Painting competition. If you like it... You can vote for  "Peoples Choice" at The Bold Brush Art Competition website. IT ONLY TAKES A CLICK TO VOTE......Thank you! I might make it into the Fav 15 again!! That would be a hoot!! Tell your friends to vote too!

"Shades Of Gray - Ladies In White"       Oil  on Copper              22 x 22"

I have had little time lately to actually get into a groove and get some quality studio time. I have been grabbing minutes here and there. But my husband, Les, is healing and doing well.So we must admit we are feeling a bit more than blessed these days. Les has a lovely place to rest and recuperate from his driving accident....I am just happy to have him home.Addie, our Corgi is busy being 'Nurse Jane Fuzzy-Wuzzy' and watching his every move. Nellie, our resident Jack Russell 'Terrierist' is making sure Les is being washed and loved. How could the man not heal?!!!  
Until then......less painting....and more Les!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Falling Of The Wagon

Actually what really happened is that my husband was thrown off the carriage when he was driving with a friend up at Acadia National Park. The pair of Canadien horses they were driving bolted and the fun began! Les hit the gravel carriage roads on his right side, which left him with 4 broken ribs and a very bruised arm.....and a wicked case of road rash on his arm and face. I received the news Thursday afternoon and life as been in a turmoil since.
After several days at the Bar Harbor hospital, Les is home now recuperating. I get to be nurse maid, farm manager,lawns keeper and chief cook and bottle-washer.Needless to say, I have not had any time to paint.
Studio work has been put on hold.

"Holly Bull"   casein on board    7 x 5"

The above casein was the last painting I finished.....along with an oil on copper that I have not photoed yet . "Holly Bull" will be put on my website in the Small Works Collection. Now back to the patient patient, who needs his meds and a cool drink. This will be slow healing process.....and I am anxious to get him healed!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Oil & Too Old For New Tricks

Shades Of Gray#8       Oil on Copper               22 x 22"

It seems as if the past week plus was all about the paint. I was without my computer for over a week and so all my studio time was spent actually painting. [Novel idea, no?] I think I need to send my PC away every so often just so I can get back on track with just painting,drawing and creating. Sometimes the whole social media 'stick' is so time consuming! And now to add to the PC distraction,  I have to learn new programs....and figure how to navigate the new PC! And it is can't train an old dog new tricks....or can't do it easily!
So now this old dog is trying to figure out how to crop, and fiddle with my artwork I apologize for the images within this blog post.....but for the time being, what you see is what I can do!  Sorry!
The new large oil on copper above is the latest in my "Shades Of Gray "series. This painting is slated to go to Kentucky for the September show at Gallery B. The small oil on copper Jack Russel Terrier painting below is available through my studio.

"Something Is In There"       5 x 7"        oil on copper

There are several other paintings done too, along with two graphites, but I can't deal with the
PC now ....enough is enough!!

But I need to share a bit of a brag before I go....My watercolor painting, "Trio Brio", was selected as part of the FAV15% (jury's favorite 15% of the entries) in the June 2010 FineArtViews Painting competition. This is a very prestigious online artshow...and I am so happy to have received this honor. I feel that a "People's Choice" Award is really an honor! Thanks TO ALL who voted for my painting!!!

And NOW I so need to get back into the studio!!!

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Art Work, Great News!

  "Fetching The Horse"      casein on board    5 x7"
 A small casein is off the easel, so to speak. A new ParsonJack Russell at play....aren't they always playing!? Our JRT,Nell is also looking for a play fellow, someone to throw her 'baby' for her to fetch, or to take the opposite end of baling twine to play Tug of War. I never get tired of painting dogs....and our JRT and our Corgi are often the canine subjects I portray. But this painting is of a cute little Jack in Lexington that I saw last year. So when I go to Lexington, it isn't just to capture images of horses! Dogs too!!!!

These days I am busy working on new paintings for my September show... back at Gallery B again. That is always a fun trip with neat horses to see and time spent with good friends.

 Yesterday I learned that I was one of the top ten finalists in the voting for favorites in the Bold Brush Painting Competition for the month of June. I actually didn't even know they did a People's Choice vote and I am really excited to see my work in that first line of artists... in a very popular online show.In June, I had entered a painting done a bit ago, a watercolor of three Peruvian Paso horses.Who knew it would get 6th place in popular vote in The Fav's part of the competition in a show that attracts some very brilliant professional artists. So I am painting and smiling today! And gee...thanks to all the friends and folks who voted for my painting!! Thumbs Up!!

 "Trio Brio"   watercolor on board          12 x 12"

These horses are from a Peruvian Horse Farm in Texas. JyW Coyote Creek Ranch , breeders of the beautiful Peruvian Paso Horse. They now have this painting in their collection.

What a beautiful day we are experiencing here in Maine....
Here's to a Happy Forth of July weekend for Mainers and those from away!! Enjoy! I will be!!!