Sunday, August 23, 2015

LIttle yard bunny, watches me in the garden each day.

Cottontails are interesting little creatures, those who live with us, will sit maybe six feet away from us and watch us carefully as we work around the yard.  They seem to love it when we talk to them.  They're very good listeners!

In the wild, average age for a cottontail is about three years, I'd like to think maybe ours live a bit longer than that. We do help them in winter when the snow is deep and they can't get to the grass.  We have rabbit feeders we put out under our camper.

Hawks and coyotes hunt here, so we do see bits of fur in the yard at times.  It's sad to see but it's also nature's way.  Hawks need to eat too.

Our garden boxes are about 3 feet high, so the rabbits don't get into my produce. :)  Otherwise, I'd be limited on what I harvest!

Hope you enjoyed seeing this little guy.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ledger art, new to me, been around for centuries!

Ledger art, I've always loved it, but didn't know it had an actual name and was an art form. It has a fascinating history. One of my friends told me my latest paintings reminded her of this form of art, so I had to look it up and learn about it.

I thought you might enjoy seeing it also.
Taken directly from Wikipedia, description of Ledger art:

  • "Historical precedents[edit]

    The Sand Creek massacre as drawn by eyewitness Howling Wolf(1874–1875).
    Ledger art evolved from Plains hide painting.[1] Among Plains tribes, women traditionally paint abstract, geometrical designs, whereas men paint representational designs. The men's designs were often heraldic devices or visions painted on shields, tipis, shirts, leggings, or robes. Before the Plains tribes were forced to live on reservations in the 1870s, men generally painted personal feats in battle or hunting.[2] Plains ledger art depicted communally acknowledged events of valor and tribal importance in order to gain status for the individuals who participated in them, and their band and kin. Plains pictorial art emphasizes narrative action and eliminates unnecessary detail or backgrounds.[3] Figures tended to be drawn in hard outlines and filled with solid fields of color.[4]
    These were all traditionally painted on animal hides – particularly buffalo hides. When buffalo became scarce after eradication programs encouraged by the US federal government, Plains artists began painting and drawing on paper, canvas, and muslin.[1]

    New materials[edit]

    An increasing supply of ledger books and other paper came from traders, government agents, missionaries, and military officers.[5] With these came pencils, ink fountain pens, crayons, and watercolor paints.[6] These new tools allowed for greater detail and experimentation than the earlier tools, such as bone or wood styli dipped in mineral pigments, had. The compact ledger books and pencils were highly portable, making them ideal for nomadic lifestyles.[7]

    Fort Marion[edit]

    Drawing by Black Hawk (Sans Arc Lakota), c. 1880 depicting a horned Thunder Being (Haokah) on a horse-like creature with eagle talons and buffalo horns. The creature's tail forms a rainbow that represents the entrance to the Spirit World, and the dots represent hail. Accompanying the picture on the page were the words: "Dream or vision of himself changed to a destroyer and riding a buffalo eagle."
    The most celebrated ledger artists were prisoners of war at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. In 1874, in what became known as the Red River War or Buffalo War, a group of CheyenneKiowaComancheArapaho, and Caddowarriors fought the US Army to protect the last free herd of buffalo and to assert their autonomy.[8] In the harsh winter of 1874 to 1875, many tribal camps were forced to surrender to various Indian agencies, and the supposed leaders of the Red River War were rounded up and sent to Fort Marion.[9] From 1875 to 1878, the 71 men and one woman were under the command of Richard Henry Pratt, who used the opportunity to give the Indians a Western education.[10] He provided the prisoners with basic art supplies such as pencils, ink, crayons, watercolor paint, and paper.
    Twenty-six of the Fort Marion prisoners engaged in drawing. They were younger Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa men.[11] Some of the most prolific and well-known artists include Paul Caryl Zotom (Kiowa); David Pendleton Oakerhater or Making Medicine (Cheyenne); Tichkematse or Squint Eyes (Cheyenne); Wohaw (Kiowa); Howling Wolf (Cheyenne);Etahdleuh Doanmoe (Kiowa); White Bear (Arapaho); Koba (Kiowa); and Bear’s Heart (Cheyenne). Tichtematse, Howling Wolf, White Bear, and Koba all continued drawing after their release from prison.[12]

    Subject matter[edit]

    Battle exploits dominated ledger art. Other traditional themes such as hunting, courtship,[13] and religious practices were common subjects. Ledger artists also documented their rapidly changing environment by portraying encroaching European Americans and new technologies such as trains and cameras. Many ledger artists worked with ethnologists, by documenting shield and tipi designs, ethnobotanical information, winter counts, dance customs and regalia, and other cultural information. Dreams and visions inspired ledger art just as they had inspired earlier hide paintings.[14]
    The artists creating ledger art today often reference pre-reservation lifeways, historical transitions, and social commentary. They use this style to illustrate cultural continuity between historical and contemporary Native life.[13]

    As fine art[edit]

    The warrior "Low Dog" by Red Dog, 1884 ledger art
    Missionaries, anthropologists, and tourists eagerly collected ledger books in the late 19th century. Carl Sweezy (1881–1953) (Arapaho) and Haungooah (Silver Horn) (1860–1940) (Kiowa) both established professional careers as ledger artists.
    They inspired the Kiowa Five or, as they are increasingly known, the Kiowa Six. These artists painted with more sophisticated materials and met with international success when they exhibited their work in the 1928 International Art Congress in Prague,Czechoslovakia.


    Numerous modern Plains artists create ledger paintings. Many seek out 19th-century documents on which to paint, creating ironic juxtapositions between the printed text and the paintings. Dwayne Wilcox (Oglala Lakota) uses the style of 19th-century Lakota painters to express humorous views of modern realities for Lakota people. Arthur Amiotte (Oglala Lakota) builds upon the collage aspect of ledger art and combines text, photography, naturalistic painting and stylized Plains pictorial art in his work.Dolores Purdy Corcoran (Caddo/Winnebago) is a female ledger artist who uses bright colors and female figures frequently in her work.[15]"

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    Thursday, August 20, 2015

    Buffalo Hunter, horse painting.

    Buffalo Hunter
    8X10 inch
    Acrylic and ink


    Close up detail of Buffalo Hunter

    I really liked the colors in this painting, nice soft earth tones appeal to something within me. And this painting came together very naturally, without struggle.  It's kind of fun when that happens with a painting.

    It is for sale in my Etsy shop.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Moonlight Sonata, horse painting, moonlit sky

    Moonlight Sonata
    7X10 inch acrylic painting with inks on mixed media paper, an original painting.

    Here's a horse singing in the moonlight.  Happy doodles and flourishes adorn the night sky.  He's very happy and content.

    I recently joined the, come by and see all the paintings there for sale! There's something for everyone.


    Calling for Peace, small painting of a white horse.

    Calling for peace, in a world where signs of battle are all around...
    The thunderbirds are rising, the spirits are dancing...

    5X7 inch acrylic on watercolor paper


    I took the plunge and joined the dailypainters on  I've thought about doing this for years so you could say I didn't do this lightly! Lol.

    This was the first painting I posted on their site. I do realize it might not always be this way, but this painting sold the first time it was presented on the site.  So it was reaffirming to join and have this happen.

    Check out their site and see what you like there!  There's a painting there for everyone.

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Having the time of my life, painting horses.

    Have you ever had a revelation?
    Well I just had one. I felt like I just learned the most amazing things! by watching the Mimi Bondi videos.  It is so wonderful to have artist's who share what they have learned over time, with the rest of us.  You never know when something you see will strike a chord within you.  I feel like I've been turned out of the corral to run around the pasture!
    I don't need a reference photo to create an equine painting any longer.  Just sit down and paint what comes straight from my heart.  It feels so good.
    I hope you enjoy these paintings too. The originals can be purchased by inquiring at or as prints, laptop skins, phone skins, tote bags, shirts, skirts, leggings, etc on my Red Bubble site.

    Sunday, May 17, 2015

    Journal pages

    Do you sometimes wonder if anyone really sees who you are?  The person you are deep down in your heart?  What would it be like if you could be totally understood for your intentions, not for how people perceive you to be?  So many times in this life, you say or do something that is totally misconstued and there you can't fix it, you can't convince them you meant no harm...and it goes on forever.  The page above was made, thinking of those things.

    This page was created after a round of visit's to doctors, the ER, and medical people for my husband's health issues.  I felt like I was drowning in phone calls and frustration, trying to get him the care he needed.  I think we're finally on the right track again.  Hopefully he'll feel better but that's going to involve more surgeries and doctor visits.

    And this was created because of all the medical issues also, I was feeling the call of the wild, I just wanted to run away and head for the mountains to find some peace.  I could have spent a month there easily.  But life doesn't work out the way we want it too, so we make the best of it!  Make some more journal pages!  It's great to have time in the studio for this.

    We watched a show about a woman who had a husband who could not be happy and he could not allow her or their children to be happy either.  It was called something like, The Contest Winner from Defiance, Oh.  That was a super good show and it made me cry, just watching her trying to make a life from an impossible situation.  I spent 25 years that way so I guess it seemed real personal to me.

    Same thing with this page, if your instincts are telling you to run, Do it!  

    I met Robert in 2003.  We fought fire, worked for a dynamite crew, drove semi across country, worked on a car crushing crew that toured the state, drove log trucks.  In a few short years we hopped around to so many jobs and adventures.  In 2005 he got hurt and our lives changed totally.  Now we stay home and go to doctors and work on our place.  Everything is still good, it's just different than we had it planned.  You never know what's in store!

    This page came about from thinking of all the pets I've lost in my life.  I was looking at their photos, and missing them.

    This page is purely an art experiment.  I liked how it turned out, it was fun to create and I'll probably do more similar paintings.  Sometimes journal pages are just for creating new ways to make art.  Sometimes they are for helping you to get things off your mind.