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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wild Stallion, Noble and Free

As I begin to prepare for my summer trip to camp and paint on the wild horse ranges, I remember the experiences of past years and work in the studio. This painting, "Noble and Free", depicts a stallion, running across the range, his neck is arched and his ears alert. He is ready to protect his band and runs out to meet another stallion in the distance.

"Noble and Free"

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wild Horse Bachelor Band

When I am visiting the wild horse ranges, I am always interested and often amused while watching the antics of small bachelor bands. This band was playing,and then stopped to rest-content to pause until their antics continued.

"Bachelor Band"

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Assateague Island Seashore Artist in Residence

I am thrilled to announce that I will be at Assateague Island National Seashore October 26th-November 8th, for an Artist in Residence.  On November 7th, I will give a one day workshop, "Introduction to Painting Wild Horses from Life".  The cost of the workshop is $125.00, it is sponsored by and will benefit the Assateague Island Alliance. 
Introduction to Painting Wild Horses from Life
with Karen McLain
November 7th, 2015

Artists have long painted outdoors, working in natural light to see and to be inspired by nature while immersed in its element. This workshop will cover techniques for painting the horse quickly and fluidly from life. We will discuss the challenges of painting a moving subject in changing light and coping with the problems inherent in painting outdoors. A demonstration will be given on painting the horse with emphasis on accurate anatomy. I will guide the students through the process of observing, painting and learning from wild horses to enrich studio work.
Join us for a very rewarding experience as you take advantage of the beauty that surrounds us and capture it on canvas!
Portable equipment is required – students will be working outdoors with a wild horse in their natural setting.

Registration information will be released soon. For more information or to be added to the distribution list please contact us at 443-614-3547, or keep watching for updates on Facebook and