Saturday, August 29, 2015

Plein Air Painting - Wild Horses

Over the past several years, I have developed my painting gear that is specific to the specialty of painting wild horses from life. Considering that I will be walking an unknown distance, I want my gear as light as I can make it, and not take anything into the field that might cause extra curiosity or be a concern for the horses. (Plastic grocery bags that I typically use for trash is one of the items I leave home when I paint horses.) My gear is compact and sets up quickly. I also have my palette set and ready to go, which eliminates the need for carrying tubes of paint.

1. Carbon fiber tripod. (I have the same mounts attached to my camera and easel)
2. Brushes, (Rosemary and Co. are my favorite brushes), palette knife, small chip brush from the hardware store and a paint scraper.
3. Strada Easel
4. Sun block, spf gloves, pen, pencil, small sketch book, and extra SD card.
5. Panels and panel carrier. (PanelPak).
6. Odorless mineral spirits, a small mesh bag for trash, a water bottle carrier to hold my OMS, napkins folded in half in a mesh bag, plastic putty scraper to clean my palette. (I don't carry a roll of paper towels when painting wild horses).
7. Storm Jacket for my camera, (in the event of rain or dust storm), View Finder, extra tripod mount, lens cleaner, extra camera battery, and business cards.
8. Canon 70D with a 100-400mm lens.
9. Camelbak backpack that will hold up to 100 oz of water. (I have one that can hold an 12x16 panel).
(The only thing not pictured is a 13 gallon trash bag for picking up trash on the way back to the car).

My goal is to be as unobtrusive as I can while I paint. I want to watch the horses interacting with each other rather than focusing on me.

Painting at Sand Wash Basin, CO 2015

Please let me know if you have any questions. Happy painting! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Women Artists of the West 45th Annual Exhibition

As a member of the Women Artist of the West, I am excited about the 45th Annual National Exhibit. The event will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson, AZ. November 3rd- 28th.  It is an honor to have  "Picasso at Sunset" included in the exhibit.

"Picasso at Sunset" 12x16  $600.00

Please visit the Women Artists of the West website for additional information and to view the work that will be on exhibit.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Photographing Mustangs with Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography

This summer I was joined by Meredith Hudes-Lowder, of Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography. We visited McCullough Peaks, Pryor Mountain and Sand Wash Basin. The horses and light were incredible and we had the opportunity to meet-up with other photographers.
Ready for late afternoon light at McCullough Peaks.

During this trip, we found horses that we had followed for years, mustangs that are well known and some that were new to us. Several bands had new foals and bachelors were trying to win bands of their own.
There was still snow on Pryor Mountain.

There was time for making s'mores.
The photos from the trip will be added to the Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography Facebook page as well as the website. Adding to the wide collection of wild horse photos available for prints, note cards and canvas prints. Proceeds are generously donated to wild horse non-profit groups such as The Cloud Foundation, Sand Wash Basin Advocate Team, and more.Visit Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography to see the stunning selection of photos that will leave you feeling as if you are there.

Meredith Hudes-Lowder is a Perinatal/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Manhattan, and is a Doctoral candidate. Meredith also finds time to spend with her "off the track" Thoroughbred, play a 34 string Celtic floor harp, sing contralto in a Renaissance Madrigal choir or attend  Kobudo class.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Cloud, Icon of Pryor Mountains

The first time I met Cloud was in the summer of 2013. During that trip I was able to campout three nights on Pryor Mountain. As it happened, Cloud’s band was one of the first that I saw on that trip. Seeing him was such a thrill and tears filled my eyes.
"Thunder on Top of the Mountain" 12x16
 Encore was a foal in 2013, and was so much like Cloud in personality and appearance. I spent as much time as I could with them during that trip.

"Encore Frolic" 6x8

In 2014, I was honored with an Artist-in-Residence position at Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area. My goal was to paint the horses that lived on the Dryhead. I spent my time following those bands and learning about them while I painted. In the course of my Residency, I went up the mountain to search for Cloud.

He had lost his band earlier and was able to win some back. He even had a foal in his small band. This was a very peaceful visit as he kept his family away from a lot of other bands.
That summer we also had the Celebration of Wild Horses through Art and Music to benefit The Cloud Foundation. That was a very popular and successful event.

 This summer, (2015), Cloud turned 20. He had once again lost his band and had dropped weight too. When I first saw him, I didn’t recognize him. He was alone and his blaze and socks weren’t visible. He was covered in a layer of mud that made him unrecognizable.
Later that afternoon, it became apparent that this stallion could only be Cloud. He got into a brief sparring match with another stallion and his iconic personality as a bold stallion was on display. I also spent time with him while he napped, hung out on the snow at the waterhole, and peacefully grazed in the meadow.
Cloud, July 2015. His blaze and socks obscured by mud. 

Cloud spars with another stallion.

Cloud peacefully grazes.

"Cloud Portrait"
Cloud is one of the most inspiring stallions and painting him is such a thrill. Please email me about availability of these and other Cloud paintings. To see and purchase photographs of Cloud, please visit, Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Wild Horse Painting Trip--Pre-Sale Event

During the last five years, I spend time each summer painting different mustang herds. Every year, I strive to learn more as I observe and paint.  This summer, as I have done in the past, I am pre-selling paintings that are based on this adventure.

Pre order a 9x12 painting and receive 30% off my standard price.
I will travel to the Little Book Cliffs, Sand Wash Basin, McCullough Peaks, and Pryor Mountain ranges. During this trip, I am meeting Meredith Hudes-Lowder of Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography.  We will present a free open photography workshop  at Sand Wash Basin July 3, 2015.

Painting at McCullough Peaks, 2014.

I am leaving in June for the range to paint  as many field studies of the horses and landscape as I can. When you pre-order a 9x12 painting based this trip, I will take 30% off my standard pricing.

How it works:

Original 9x12 oil painting $225.00 Quantities limited
Pre Order Price: $157.50 plus shipping. Two payments of $78.75 plus shipping.

 Payment on the first installment needs to be made before I leave, and the second payment is made when I return and you choose your painting. Choice is awarded in the order that you take advantage of the offer. (So make the first payment now!) You will be able to choose your painting in August. If you want to make other arrangements for payment, please email me.

Offer ends June 20th.

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"The Paint Box" 1972 Shasta 

 To see more photos from my Adventures visit my "Go There, Paint That" page.