Saturday, April 20, 2013

Wild Horses and the Bond they Share

The bond is very close in a wild horse band. The stallion works hard to get a band and keep his band together. The closeness of relationships  is very tender and inspiring.

"The Bond"

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Painting a new Foal from Life.

Spring is such an exciting time for those of us watching for new members in a wild horse band.  To see a young colt begin to move from the wobbly leg stage to the tearing around doing big laps and jumping up in the air is down right fun! This mare and her new filly were resting on the other side of the river from where I was sitting. Every few minuets they would move around. I wanted to express the feeling of movement in this piece and how close this little one stayed by Mom's side.

"The Newest Foal"
8x10 Painted from life.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Anatomy of a Painting

So much goes into the completion of a painting. I go through several stages to collect my reference, make field studies, value and color studies, then a final studio painting. Each painting in the process has it's own appeal and a valuable place in my process.

The  process for "Family Ties" started last August. I painted the field study early one morning.

Before I begin painting, I always take a couple of quick photos of my subject.

"The White Mare"
This is the field study I did that morning.

Photo by Robin Knight
Painting "The White Mare"
"Close to Mom" 
A small color study.

A value study.

"Family Ties"

The painting process is one that involves as much authenticity and connection with my subjects as I can get. Through that process, I hope to bring to the viewer as much life and introduction into each piece as I can.