Sunday, February 4, 2018

Painting the Great Basin Wild Horses

The Great Basin herd originally captivated me in 2009. They were the beginning of an inspiring and adventurous journey into the world of wild horses. I have traveled across the west and as far as Assateague Island to paint and photograph them. Each time I watch them thundering across the vista or quietly grazing, I see and learn more.
"The Basin Chase"
 Sharing the beauty, power and drama of wild horses.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stallion Reflection

2017 was an incredible year, painting and spending time with wild horses on the range.  Field study is the foundation of my work, learning from in-depth observation. Investing time painting from life allows me to confront the challenges of communicating a moving 3-D subject onto a 2-D format. I strive to capture the essence and life.

"Stallion Reflection"

The Mustang Walkabout with Meredith Hudes-Lowder of Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography was the most exciting one yet. Seeing new horses and following their lives through the years. We also returned to Assateague Island to teach painting and photography. These experiences have instilled a profound sense of gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity I have to follow my dream.

I want to thank my collectors and friends for making this an amazing year! All the best to you in 2018!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Assateague Island Workshop 2017

The Assateague Island Alliance sponsored workshop, Painting and Photographing Wild Horses was a resounding success. The talented participants were adventurous and engaged. They enthusiastically  approached the process of painting unrestrained horses that move  on their own timetable. We covered painting in oils, quick watercolor sketches and gesture sketching. The Photography and editing sessions with Meredith Hudes-Lowder of Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography were educational and  insightful. 

Many thanks for Assateague Island Alliance, Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography and our awesome workshop participants!

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Mustang Walkabout 2017

This summer's Mustang Walkabout was successful, educating and inspiring. Karen McLain Studio and Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography visited Sand Wash Basin, CO and the Great Basin, UT. The opportunity to be on the range with Meredith Hudes-Lowder, scientist and phenomenal  photographer was wonderful. In addition to the Equus ferus  Wild Horse Photography website, she maintains a blog that covers equine genetics, coat color, and pertinent research topics.

Sand Wash Basin, CO

Painting Picasso.

The Free Meet and Shoot at Sand Wash Basin. 

Camping at the Great Basin.

Meredith Hudes-Lowder, and extraordinary photographer.

Morning waterhole visit.

Quick movement studies. 

Meredith, playing her Harpcicle harp.

A watercolor with reflections.

Goodnight from the range.
I look forward to going through the photos, videos and painting. Follow me on Facebook and be inspired by the wonderful photography of Equus ferus on Facebook as well.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A Different Perspective-Using remotely controlled cameras

Several years ago, I was intrigued with the question about how horses behave when we aren't around and also how they behave after dark. That's when I first started using Trail Cameras. These cameras collect still and video, (some even record audio), and are motion activated. First, I experimented at home and was rewarded with images of urban  wildlife that stopped for a drink.

After trial and error, I learned about where to place the camera for the best shots. (I quickly learned to avoid placing it near bushes that would trigger the camera.) I began integrating these clips in my short videos. This sequence was all captured on a trail camera.

This short nocturne was fun to capture.

This video taken during my Artist-in-Residence at Bighorn Canyon, incorporates the trail camera with my Canon.

My interest also included how I could capture horses from a lower perspective. During this time I began experimenting with the GoPro.

This short video resulted in a dramatic painting.

"Mustangs" 24x36 

This GoPro video features horses from Assateague Island.

In the video below, I combine GoPro footage with  multimedia. Notice the photo with the GoPro at the 30 second mark.

This video of the Salt River Horses included the waterline.

By using the motion activated and remote controlled cameras, I have a new perspective on horse behavior. I will add to my collection of videos during the coming months. Please visit my You Tube Channel to see additional wild horse videos. Please visit Equus ferus Wild Horse Photography to see photos from many wild horse areas.