Monday, April 7, 2014

Wildhorse Notecards

A set of four blank folded cards, and one flat Thank You card, 5 envelopes included.

 $12.00, shipping included.

Images in this collection include:
"Thunder of Freedom"

"Sunset Ridge"

"Cheyenne at Sunset'

"Wild Paints"

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bighorn Canyon Artist-In-Residence

I am thrilled to announce my acceptance for an Artist-in-Residence position at the Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area in Wyoming. During this two week residency, I will camp at Trail Creek Campground and spend my days painting the wild horses that live there and the landscape they call home. This area is the base range of the Pryor Mountain horses and is home to Big Horn sheep, deer, elk and Black Bear.

It is an  honor to receive this opportunity within the National Park system and to focus on my passion. I will update as I get closer to July, and post updates here.

"Mountain Top at Dusk"

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Wild Hoses, before the Storm

While I was visiting the Pryor Mountains last summer, it rained almost every afternoon. Late one afternoon, I was sitting out  in a large meadow and the sky began to darken. But before the clouds moved in front of the sun, there was a lovely warmth hitting the earth with the darkening sky behind.

"Sun Light before the Storm"



Monday, March 3, 2014

Workshop with Kim English

Last week I took a workshop with Kim English through the Scottsdale Artists School. The focus was on quick oil sketches with the figure. Each day of class we had two models that were casually posed. Each setting lasted from 5-20 minutes.  We spent a lot of time on 5, 7, 10 and 12 minute poses. (Kim estimated that we did 100 quick sketches during the week.)  This allowed us to really focus on the gesture and what is most important in the pose.  Then when we ended up with a 20 minute pose, it felt like a long time.

Even though the subject matter is not my primary focus, the principles apply to painting the horse from life.  I believe that everything we learn, helps us grow as an artist. Learning to see the essence of what is in front of us and simplify it down is the heart seeing.

Outdoors, 15 minutes.

Outdoors, 15 minute pose.

12 minutes full color exercise.

Indoors with the light source coming from the floor.

By the time we had a 20 minute pose, it felt like a long time!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pryor Mountain Summer Range

During my visit to the Pryor Mountain wild horse range last summer, I wanted to be there to see the lupine blooming in the green grass. The colors were beautiful! As I watched the horses come up over the mountain top and spill into the Tea Cup, I knew that I would want to communicate the beauty and feeling of that day.

I did a small study to to get the feel for the movement.

"Across the Range" study

Then I designed a larger painting to show Cloud and his summer 2013 band.

"Summer Range"