Monday, October 23, 2006

Interpretations, online equine art show!

I'll post the link twice so it's easy to find it.

I'm a member of the Equine Art Guild and we're having a members show called "Interpretations". In our painting reference library, we have several photos of two of our member's horses. We each chose reference photos that appealed to us and did paintings from those photos.

You can see, there were a few photos that were very popular and several of us used those photos, but the resulting paintings are so different! It's an exciting show and I'm proud to be part of it.

You'll see my paintings under Donna Allen Weber as the show went online before we got married. Next year, my paintings in this show will be signed Donna Ridgway!
Go now and see the show, you won't be sorry you did!


Monday, October 16, 2006

New technique, ACEO, ARABIAN foal.

For me, art is a constant experiment. Sometimes I wonder if I'm ADHD, can't concentrate on anything for any length of time. Or maybe I'm just to curious. I always have to see what will happen if I do this, or if I do that.

For this painting, I was tired of putting color on canvas so I decided to try drawing with a pencil directly onto canvas and see what it would look like. It was ok, but lacking in excitement. I have some Rob Ross liquid white oil paint here so I dipped into it and began to smear it around the canvas into the graphite. It made the softest neatest colors of grey so I kept blending away until I liked the image of this little foal.

I've made another one since, but I'll wait until tomorrow to post it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

The kids pony, ACEO, Oil painting

"Turned Out"
The kids show pony is turned out for the winter. The busy show season is over. His banged tail is growing out, his roached mane has grown so long, it's about to fall over on his neck again. He's wondering where the kids and all the activity went! He's all alone in a snowy pasture, looking for company. Hopefully, the kids will come by and spend some time with him after school, on weekends, and holidays....

You'll notice I'm signing my paintings differently and that's because I got married. My name is Donna Ridgway now! That's pretty exciting for me....:)

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wolf, wildlife painting, DAR, ACEO

Been a while since I've posted anything. We've been gathering wood and doing fall chores. Finally got around to painting something! Click the title of this post to learn about wolves in Montana.

We found this guy near Bonner, Mt at a wolf keep. It was quite a feeling to stand just the other side of the fence from a wolf and look into it's eyes.

I can't help but think the wolves would rather be dead than penned up like they sometimes are nowdays. I guess they don't get much choice in the matter.

We also got married! So now my paintings are signed Ridgway! What a good feeling.
Each of us thought we'd never do that again, but when it's right, it's really good. I guess that's what changed our minds.