Monday, April 30, 2012

Working In And Playing Out - New Equine OIl Painting

A wind blown flower now perfumes the studio.
Finally we have been blessed with a substantial rain. Buds are bursting forth all over our farm and gardens. But with the rain came winds and some of the blossoms fell victim, to lay on the cold wet ground. I rescued one hyacinth, relishing its heady scent, I have placed it in the studio. A bit of the outside inside to enjoy as I work.

                                                                                      Our Hawthorne tree is showy this year.

The plum trees stand decorated with white and yellow blossoms, and the honey bees' hum-song can be heard filling the air. I hope the bounty of blossoms means a bountiful plum harvest. Last year's was small compared to other years. We need plum jam this year!

I have another small oil on copper done....another foal...this one titled "High Heels".     I also did a small oil painting of a young deer.The fawn was one of several that I was able to get great photos of on a walk in our back woods. For this painting I worked on board,not copper......but over the weekend I was cleaning the studio up a bit....moving piles around and managed to drop the small still wet deer painting onto the floor. Needless to say I will have to rework that painting a bit more. But the playful foal painting is drying and can been seen on my website already.

"High Heels"   oil on copper     6 x 8"     copyright 2012  www.kathipeters,com

And speaking about social networking....[We weren't.]..... Did you know I have a Facebook presence? ..... [Who doesn't?] .......and I would love to have you come and follow me there on what they call a "fan" page.Go to

In the mean time....I have new paintings to do.......

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Three New Spring Paintings

"Bright And Beautiful"  Oil on board   8 x 10"  copyright 2012

For days on end, the sun has shone and the weather has been calling me out to the gardens. I have revelled in the spring ritual of pulling weeds and digging up and moving plants.I have also come to the conclusion that I have too many gardens and not enough hours in a day to get all the things done that I want to, or need to. So Nell and I have tried to divide our time between gardening and painting. I am making headway with both!!

I finished an oil painting of a mare and foal...beautiful Hanoverians with coats of many colors. When I saw the photo of these two,a photo shot by friend photographer Vicki Wright of New Jersey...I had to paint it. Vicki has some wonderful photos of mares and foals, and I seem to be on a foal kick....must be a spring thing too!! I took artistic license with the reference photo and gave birth to "Bright and Beautiful". Thank you Vicki!!!

So after working in the studio, I was looking for a change of pace and to take advantage of the beautiful weather, headed out for some plein air painting. I packed up my trusty little thumbox pochade and headed to the orchard with Nell, where I enjoyed painting in sunshine and fresh air. Our plum trees are resplendent this spring, promising plums and jellies this summer. I can't wait!! So in honour of their beauty, I portrayed their blossoms against the blue April skies. I painted in oil, on a copper panel. "Plum Blossoms" is a 6 x 8" oil and will be up on my website in the Small Works Collection.

"Plum Blossoms"    Oil on copper     6 x 8"   copyright 2012

And then I started another oil on copper with my bright yellow daffodils as subjects....Their color just sings against all the green that abounds this time of year. Here they are....also displayed in the Small Works Collection of my website.

"Spring Yellow"   Oil on copper    8 x 6" copyright 2012

Now we are supposed to have a  few days of rain and gray weather,they say. ..I shall not complain.We need the rain. April showers bring May flowers. I can't wait!!!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Springing Along With Small Oil Paintings

"Spring Fling"   Oil    8 x 6"    copyright 2012
The weather has been so spring like and singing of promise of summer.This is always wonderful! I have been the the mood for painting foals...seeing that I am no longer enjoying the excitement of foals being born on our farm...I am enjoying the antics of foals from other farms. This might be the easier way to get my foal fix!!

So actually since the last time I blogged....I have painted three foal paintings....two small oils on canvas on board and one casein on  Ampersand claybord. All three are available for purchase on my website.

"Spring Bounce"    oil     8 x 6"    copyright 2012

I have been spending as much time as I can in the studio. I know I have commitments, but really, spring is in the air and I need a spring fix!! If I am not in the studio, you can find me in the garden!! [or at the barn shedding out two horses!!]

"New Friends"   Casein on Claybord   12 x 12"   copyright 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

Tell Me A Story

"Tell Me A Story"   Oil on copper   12 x 12"   ©2012

The weather has been gray. My computers ....BOTH computers....were on the fritz and I have been feeling alone, isolated and out of touch from the world!!! But good things do happen and my desktop PC is back ....and I am painting and the weather seems to be warming up a bit. So all is not lost!!!

I have two shows opening  [and opened] in Lexington,KY. where my work is hanging. The American Academy of Equine Art has their Spring Invitational show "The Horse In Fine Art" exhibited in the wonderful old Spindletop Hall. The show will be hanging until May 26th ...if you are in the Lexington area check it out. You will not be disappointed...this years show is stellar and I am very happy to have my oil painting  "Angels and Horses" hanging in the show.Work is for sale in this exhibit...and it is a great chance to add you art collection!!

"Angels and Horses"   Oil on copper        8 x 10"   ©2011

I also have work in a show opening next week at Gallery B in Lexington proper....but I will post about that in a bit................

Now I am working on a casein on Ampersand Claybord...a neat substrate to work on. Almost as slick as oil on copper , but the clay gesso sucks up the paint and it all dries to a lovely matte finish. So back to the drawing board for this...I am working on my drawing table because the paint would dribble if I worked on my easel. ... I work as if I am working in watercolor on this claybord. So back to the proverbial drawing-board!!!!