Tuesday, August 29, 2006
I think the difference is this, I like painting on the white of the canvas and I'd been toning the background red. I hope that's what the problem was, I sure like it when things come together without a hard struggle. I think it makes a better painting also.
Each of these paintings is 2.5 X1.5 inches in size. They're really little! This is the place I love most on all the earth. I guess I've told you that before. The Rocky Mountain Front, west of Dupuyer, Mt. There's a trail head there that goes into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, by taking you around Swift Dam.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I rode Murphy one time, back behind Split Mountain. We came down the trail after our trip and the pack horse was behind all of us as we were not being careful or thinking straight. We were just having fun.
Barney, the pack horse, was not a pack horse, he was my uncle Bill's favorite saddle horse and Barney knew it. He was royally mad because he was packing fencing tools. We got into the middle of an aspen thicket and Barney came unglued, bucking down through the middle of all of us on a real narrow trail.
Murphy came unglued when Barney came unglued. We headed down through the aspens at a high crow hop. Every so often a tree branch would hit me on the head. I tried to get Murphy's head up to no avail. I tried to get him to stop and settle down. Nothing worked, he was on a bucking spree and having the time of his life.
I finally remembered who's horse Murphy was and how he was used to being talked to and I said, "Whoa! You dumb sob!" Murphy put his head up and walked off like nothing happened. I was wishing I'd used my brain for something other than banging into trees sooner!
So maybe when I paint Murphy, some of that story enters into the fun I have with these paintings. My uncle died of cancer soon after that ride. He wasn't able to make the ride with us, but it was his idea we were to go. He told my aunt he'd promised me he was going to take me up behind Split and he wanted to know I'd ridden up there before he died.
My Murphy paintings have a lot of story to them that you didn't know until I passed this on to you.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
I put Buck and Murphy both on here as these two paintings are similar. They're both posted on ebay right now. Along with a whole lot of other cards. I've been playing around with painting this composition for a while and finally tried it. I kind of like the way it fits on an aceo card. I'll probably do some more!
All of these are my horse Classy (Crescent Lass) playing with the moon and in the moonlight. You can see two of the cards are pretty fanciful. Classy was having fun so I decided I'd have some too. The top card is more realistic. They're all posted on ebay, the two will show up together tonight and the top card is on auction right now. If you click the title to this post, it will take you to my auctions.
Friday, August 25, 2006
Two different takes on the same horse. Different poses and different light. I've changed the bottom painting since I took this picture of it. I should up load the new version so you can see it. Maybe I'll get it done tomorrow. We had a nice rain and my phone cords going to the other house are wet in the connections...when they dry out, I'll be painting next to my scanner again. I've been playing around with light a whole lot lately.
Once again my cards have sold on ebay. I'm so happy when people buy them. When you post 5 and have them all sell, it gives you a reason to continue! Thank you to my collectors.
Both Paintings Sold
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
To this point in time this year, I've done 126 aceo cards. I'm glad to be able to say, there are only a few in my own aceo book that haven't sold. I'd hate to be making all of them for myself and my grandkids!
Anyway, back to this painting, it's what Class did when she was turned loose! She was so happy to be able to run and run. It felt good to her. After all, she was bred to run, she's a retired race horse. I wouldn't be surprised if she's still running, just for the sheer joy of it!
The title bar of this aceo is a link to an organization that rescues race horses. I don't have any personal experience with them but if you want to learn more about thoroughbred rescue, there you go.
Friday, August 18, 2006
When I first mixed the color for these trees, I was using my limited palette of French Ultramarine Blue, permanent rose, and yellow ochre. Things were to blah for me. I added cad yellow medium and thalo green. This is what gave me the warmer yellow tone to the grass and the neater blues in the trees behind the horse. For some reason, it made this painting come alive.
I was reading something about Cezanne's use of a limited palette. It was an article in the Artist's Magazine. The article stated it was good to use a limited palette, but after a while of using one, everything will seem really bland to you. That is what's happening to me. In this article, it stated when this happens to you, add some off the wall color to the mix and add it sparingly.
I'd kind of forgotten about that article, until I accidentally reached into the palette and got thalo green instead of the greens I'd mixed. That tiny little change made all the difference in this painting.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Sunday, August 13, 2006
We went camping this weekend and had a lot of fun. I guess my mind is still back at the campground. This morning I was watching deer cross the river. A buck came down to the water and crossed. I was taking photos of him. When he got across the river, I carefully walked toward him through the brush. I got to a point where I was just on the other side of a tree from him, before he dove back into the water and got away from me. It was fun to see how close I could get to him, before I knew he was there.
I'll have to download those pictures and post him on here.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
I started this card with a definite look I wanted it to have. 30 hours later, it looks like I wanted it to look! I thought I'd never get it right.
Here's the scenario, you live on a working ranch. There aren't a lot of days when you need to use the horses. But all of a sudden, today, of all days, when you're really busy, the cows get out in the neighbor's hay field.
You know you need the horses so you grab some oats in a bucket and a couple halters and off you go to catch them.
You go out to the west 80 and there they are, all fat and sassy from eating their heads off. Of course they see you coming from a long way off.
Now comes the big question, are they going to co-operate and let you get your hands on them, or are they going to run off and make you run some laps before they give in?
This is what this painting is about and you can see the indecision on their faces, they don't know yet themselves how badly they want those oats you're carrying. Donna
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This buckskin baby thought he was so independent, he wandered away from his mom. It didn't take him long to get hungry, he's headed back home!
After not doing a horse for a while, I had to have my horse fix.
Yesterday, I bought some new brushes thinking it would make me paint better. I don't think it helped any. :( but it was fun to play with something new. I needed smaller brushes for working on these tiny paintings.
Monday, August 07, 2006
These tigers are so incredibly beautiful. I think the ones they had at the fair, you could go in and pet. I didn't do it because I'd be the lucky person, the one in 10,000 the tiger decided to eat. But I would have loved to be able to have the experience of petting this girl. She was really something. Her handlers loved her to death. They were so proud of her. She's an expectant mother. I hope she and her kittens are at the fair next year!
Robert keeps telling me I need to paint something besides horses, some of the time. I've never seen the need or had much desire to paint anything but horses, but I've been following his advice nevertheless. He is a very smart man. That's why you see me doing other animals and subjects these days.
He's probably right as I sold 22 paintings this last month. That is some kind of record for me in sales. Every night when I went to sleep this month, I thanked God for those sales. At some point in your artistic career, if you never sell anything, you begin to doubt your sanity!
At any given point in time, when I'd pray about this, the answer that came back to me was so simple, God would say, "Keep Painting". No more, no less, just, Keep Painting. So that is why you see me paint and paint and paint like a crazy woman.
This painting I just did of the tiger was very complicated. My reference photo was taken at such a crazy angle, it made her head seem very large and out of shape, and her body seemed very small and distant. I had to look at that photo, and make all kinds of corrections as I drew this tiger on the aceo card. I think it turned out in spite of all the beginning problems. I worked on this card most of yesterday along with the other three I finished. This was the one that took the most time.
I also wanted her coat to seem very soft and plush, she did not have long fur like I imagined she would. The handler said these cats shed four times a year and they never do grow the long fur. I thought that was interesting.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
I loved the way this horses tail was flying through the air. It created so many graceful lines.
On another subject, I posted a whole lot of aceo cards in my ebay store with make me an offer buttons on them. So if you've seen something you like here, go to the store and see what you might want to pay for them. I can only turn you down if I don't like it. Jokes. I've sold two larger paintings today by accepting people's offers on them. I want to sell this stuff, not keep it around forever..... At the same time, I want a fair price for it.... but I don't mind bargaining....
We saw this camel at the fair. She was giving people rides. After someone would get off her back, she'd stick her head under a tent, looking for shade. She was so cute. I keep saying that about animals, she/he was so cute. I can't help it, I love animals.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
This duck came to our pasture to stay. I don't know why, I suspect she's been hurt as she doesn't fly. We came home from the fair around midnight and she was parked under the sprinkler.
Today, Class saw this duck walk across her pasture. You know how it sounds when a horse sucks their lungs full of air and then let's it out all in one big whoosh? Well, that's what Classy did. Then she did it a couple more times and she pranced around this place like a crazy horse on her tip toes or sometimes not touching the ground at all. Class doesn't like the duck at all. I hope she gets used to her before she takes out a row of fence!
An aceo oil painting of a goat. You have access to all kinds of animals at the fair! I especially like the goats. I had a miniature goat named Frosty one time. She was so much fun, mostly because she had an irrepressible spirit. She was constantly in mischief. But she was also extremely friendly and fun.
I'm going to put this image on a thank you card that will be for sale in my zazzle gift shop.
You talk about cute, this mule, at the state fair in Great Falls, was the cutest mule I about ever saw. I included a lot of detail in this painting, but it doesn't have everything. If you know about harness you might see something missing. There were some things I had to leave out if they totally overlapped something several times over. There's not that much room on an aceo card. I think I got the important stuff though.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Oil painting of buckskin horse, ACEO
When I approach my horse Class, with a bridle, she looks at me just like this. A kind of interested, ok, what are we gonna do today? look. I think it's so cute she's happy to go on a ride, move to a new pasture or do "anything" with me. It's like having another friend to communicate with. Donna
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Bolthar's Steed in Montana
ACEO oil painting.
I'm playing with images of Mary's horse. He's a black Percheron. He's so tall! His name is Bolthar so I'm doing plays on his name. Bolthar is the Norse God of Frost. I wouldn't have known that if Mary hadn't told me. I'm glad I know it now. You'd think I would have known that as I'm Norwegian. Donna