Your sneak peek into the studio of Donna Ridgway, Montana artist. Updates, several times a week, art demo's of paintings in progress. Horse art, animal art, Montana landscapes. Photos of Montana, landscapes and wildlife.
This is almost finished. I have a little more fine tuning to do on the horse's eye. Work under the ladies arm and a few places here and there to finish. Seems when you think you're done, you scan it again and see more things to fix. It's a process....
In my continuing quest to create more believable people, this one is ok to me. So much better than I would have done a year ago. And this painting tells a story, it isn't just an animal sitting there. So I like that too.
At 22X28 " this is the biggest painting I've worked on for a while. It's going to be a sienna painting, kind of like the old photos. This is my initial drawing. Just using turp and a paint brush and some burnt sienna paint. Here it is, almost finished. A little bit of a funny color because I photographed this in the house, late tonight. It's a wonder it turned out as good as it did. Also, it wasn't perpendicular to the camera....You can see black edges around it, and some glare from the dining room lights.
I've worked on it some since this photo was taken...I'll update it tomorrow. There are still a few areas to work on. The shirt of the lady and the horse's ears. Possibly more.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you enjoy the paintings! Donna
It's been just a year ago, since we went to the sled dog races at Polebridge, Mt. I photographed the dogs, and some of them were so beautiful. This is one I especially liked. It's possible he ran the Ididarod!
Prints of this image are $30 and that includes shipping. Contact me on the email link below if you wish to purchase a print. Donna Thanks for stopping by, if you enjoyed the blog, leave a comment and let me know!
I sat down in the dirt, behind my horse, Class and took photos of her while she was eating. That was two years ago! I've been wanting to paint this picture ever since that day, but I was scared to tackle it.
There's more concentration in this painting than you can believe but I think it worked.
Maybe that's because we cut up a huge trailer full of wood today and I'm tired and my judgement is off. :)
I'm hoping when you first look at this, you can't even figure out what it is, then you look closer and you figure it out.
This is acrylic and watercolor, on a gessoed mat board. 8X10" in size.
Thanks for stopping by my blog to see what I've been up to lately. Hope it was worth your time. Donna
I'll be working on this a little bit more, but it's basically finished. I put this hat on Daisy one day and she didn't care one bit. She wore it like it was part of her. She's such a funny girl! I'm going to find a sombrero for her this summer... Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my work. You can purchase anything here by emailing me on the link below. Donna Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website. My Ebay Email Me
I was feeling silly. So I painted this caricature of a donkey braying. This fat little guy brays for pellets and his master feeds him when ever the donkey wants something good to eat! You can tell by how chubby he is. You can also tell he gets what he wants, by the effort he puts into the noise he can make!
He doesn't hold back, he gives it everything he's got!
I was on a roll today, so I kept on painting. I kind of liked this little guy when I finished him. We saw him in a pickup in Choteau, and I asked his owner if I could photograph her dog. She was tickled I'd asked her and said, "Sure!" Wish she could see this and tell me if it looks like her dog, but I have no idea who she was! I guess I should remember to ask next time. donna Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website. My Ebay
When Robert found this little guy in a tree, I was reminded of the time my cousins from Seattle came to visit us. My cousins and I, teenagers, were out scrounging around in the fields, when we saw a porcupine. One of us ran to the house to get a cardboard box and a five gallon bucket. Your normal sized porky will fit in a bucket, and when you put the bucket in front of him, he'll run right in, thinking he's perfectly safe, as he knows his tail will protect his back end.
Once we had the porky in the bucket, we'd hold the cardboard close and rattle it so he'd swat it with his tail. We'd then pull all the quills out of the cardboard and hold them until we got some more.
My cousin wanted to take some real Montana porcupine quills home with her. When we had all she wanted, we dumped the porky out of the bucket and took the bucket, the quills and the box home. On the way home, my cousin closed her hand tightly around the precious quills, she didn't want to lose them. Wouldn't you know it, they got imbedded in her hand. We had to use the pliers to pull them loose!
I told her why did we bother to go get the cardboard box, if she was going to get stuck anyway? I wasn't long on sympathy in those days.
When Robert spotted this porky, he was down in a coulee about a hundred yards off the road. I jumped out of the car, the snow was deep, and slid down the barrow pit ditch, waded across a field, jumped a creek, climbed the bank on the other side to get photos of this guy. He went round and round the tree he was in, only wanting to show me the ornery quills on his rear end. It took some doing, I think I finally got him tired, before he sat still and let me take photos of his face. But it was worth it, because he has the cutest face you can imagine.
If I'd had a cardboard box with me, I'd have let him fill it with quills... donna
This is our Pedro. We love him. The lady we got him from, told us he was "bashful". She was right. Pedro is very bashful. He's also scared to death of buckets and fast movements of hands.
This morning when I went out to feed the donkeys some pellets, his muzzle was covered with icesicles. They hung from his nose, where they'd frozen from his soft warm breath. It felt funny to feed him pellets with that ice on his nose.
He won't eat pellets any other way, except from our hands, so he eats his pellets one at a time. Very dainty he is. He chews each pellet thoroughly before he wants another. When he's ready for the next one, he turns his head toward you and waits patiently.
Now Daisy, on the hand, is a glutton, you can't feed her fast enough. So we're teaching her, she doesn't get a pellet until Pedro has had one. And then she has to wait until he's done eating before she gets the next one. She knows when we say, "Daisy, mind your manners," she is supposed to back up and wait for Pedro to get done chewing.
It's quite a process but they've got it down pat. Sometimes she gets mad and takes a nip at us, she doesn't see any reason to wait, she'd have the entire bucket empty if she had her way and Pedro would never get a pellet! So we back her up and become very firm about the process...no pellet until Pedro is ready. Boy, does she ever think he's slow!
Anyway, donkeys are smart. Really smart. And she does know the drill. This little card of Pedro is sold. It went to a lady in Florida who buys some of my ACEO cards. Thank goodness for good customers! I thank you one and all. donna
My friend Kathleen shouldn't encourage me to do blue and yellow, it's quite addicting! I love doing these little paintings, I take up my thirsty old watercolor brush, and waggle him through the French Ultramarine Blue paint. When he's good and soppy, I start to draw the horse on a gessoed mat board.
My poor brush, is a story in itself. I've had this same brush for years and years, it's the greatest brush and it's just like having a good friend. It always holds a point, it holds a lot of water, and it will mop up a lot of water.
Alas, the ferrel got loose. I took a wrench and pounded on it on one side, thinking that would tighten it up. It didn't work. So I pounded on the other side. It was still loose! I pondered my problem for a while, then I took a needle nose pliers, and used it to ram toothpicks all around the ferrule of the brush. I crammed so many toothpicks in there, who would ever think it would hold so many?
Then I soaked the toothpicks so they'd swell up. I then dried them out and drizzled gorilla glue all around the end of the ferrule where the toothpicks stuck out a little. I then took one of my hair clips and hung the brush right side up off my studio light to dry over night.
One trick to gorilla glue, you put it on top of water or it won't dry. Or at least that's been my experience, so before I put the glue on the brush, I wet it down.
The next morning, my brush was perfectly dry and the ferrule was tight as could be. So I saved my favorite brush! It now has a very handy glue bump on it, that makes it even nicer to hang onto, so that's a plus. I used my acrylic paints and painted over the handle so water can't get into the ferrule again. My brush isn't beautiful, but it's still functioning.
So there, now you see the friend I work with every day...:) My favorite watercolor brush.
The one who just painted this little blue roan drafter... donna
Work in Progress. I'm not nearly finished yet, but I know her name! I'm calling this one Sienna, as it's the only color of paint I'm using on her. Donna Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website. My Ebay
Every animal artist has to try some of these, and they're kind of corny. But on the other hand, they're always fun! Because mules do twist their faces around like this when they're yawning, or laughing as the case may be.
This painting was from another of the two hour challenges at a guild I belong to. I decided to do this hieroglyphic in the painting, it means, Loved One. Or at least, in the book, Secrets in Stone, that I'm using, it says it does mean that.
This book was for children, but I fell in love with it. You can learn to write in Mayan if you study the book.
I'll sell prints of this image for $25, with no mat. Includes shipping. Prints with a double mat, are $35. Email me if you want one. email@example.com Includes shipping. Donna Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website. My Ebay
I can't believe I didn't post my Valentine's Day cat yet! I suppose I have a lot of other paintings I didn't post either, I've been painting up a storm lately.
This guy is a tom cat. You know how tom cats are!? On the lookout for love! His nose gives him away. Plus, he has a very determined look on his face! He's going to find what he's looking for.
I think he's a very funny gift to give someone for Valentines day. You can order an ACEO card print of him from me, or you can click to go to my Cafe Press shop and purchase notecards of him. The original is on ebay starting price, $1.00. Come on, what have you got to lose? Post a bid on him! The link to my ebay auctions is at the bottom of this post.
ACEO card prints are 3.5X2.5, and fit into baseball card albums. $6.50 includes shipping. Email me if you want one, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think he's to cute to pass up! And kind of has a funny twist to him for Valentine's Day....
I have a friend who lived in Portugal, who says I'd be famous there for the way I use the blue and yellow in my paintings. She sent me links to the work they paint on tiles there. The work is gorgeous!
Makes me think I'll go to cafe press and put some of these on tiles. I only wish I had fast internet, it takes forever to upload these files!
This horse is on ebay for next to nothing starting bid! And all you have to do is click the my ebay link below to win him!
I drew this deer in blue watercolor, on a gessoed mat board. Once I have the shapes and lines o f the deer's form in place, I used acyrlic paint to put color on her.
She's very alert, she's heard a noise in the forest behind her and in one second, she'll be in full flight and we'd never get this glimpse of her beautiful face and wonderful eyes.
She's 4X5" and comes in a gold antique looking frame. She's for sale on ebay today after 5:30 pm MST USA. Starting bid, $15.50, includes frame.
It is very funny to me, to be posting this blog. There are at least 10 people per day on the blog, and several people are subscribed to it. So at a conservative estimate, I'm in contact with 3650 people each year, from the posts on this blog alone.
Yet, I never hear a word from anyone! What do you think when you come here? Do you think I should pack it up? Is my work so bad you don't want to see it any longer? Is there something here you like? Perhaps you could take a moment in time and leave me a comment. Say anything that isn't spam...
Once again, I do thank you for stopping by, I know you're out there! :)
The January monthly exhibit for WWAO (World Wide Women Artists Online) is now up! The different interpretations of the theme are so much fun. You'll see an ice princess and a snowman without a nose and everything in between. It's a fun and lively exhibit....go buy some art!
It will liven up the remainder of winter and brighten up your home.
And now I thank you for stopping by my blog. Sign up for it to be delivered to your mail box in the feed blitz box to your right. Donna Scroll below to my Ebay, I have auctions starting at .50! Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website. My Ebay
I've never ever tried anything like this before. Lots of action. It isn't the best but I did get it done. It was another 2 hour challenge but I've spent 2 1/2 hours on this so far and the hind leg still stinks. I guess I'll quit for the night! donna
Here's a little watercolor aceo of Daisy Donkey. When she first came to our house, from a rescue that does adoptions, she was so pushy! Pedro hated her and we weren't sure if we liked her or not either!
As she adapts to us, and we adapt to her, and she and Pedro adapt to each other, we're all coming to love each other very much, thank you! She's got the absolute funniest personality and she makes us laugh every day. She tries to help us do every single thing we do and she'd come in the house if we'd let her.
I don't think she'd be scared to follow me around in the kitchen while I work.
This donkey aceo card is painted on gessoed 300lb watercolor paper and varnished with several coats of matte varnish to protect it. I'll be posting it on ebay soon.
Thanks for stopping by this blog, if you're looking for any particular thing, scan the links to your right, and my other paintings will show up there. You can find paintings of all kinds of animals here. This painting is sold. donna
The photo I began this painting from is above. You can see, when you work from a photo, you don't have to copy it literally. I like to take them and double or triple whatever emotion I see in the photo.
In real life, the cat was annoyed because it was a cold snowy day, he was squinting from the sun bouncing off the snow. I had fun making this cat look ticked off. :) donna
I'm not finished yet, but I had to post this one. It's got me laughing. I love the "Make my day!" look on this cat's face! This is an ACEO card, and I'll be putting it on ebay tomorrow.
Now, I'm off to put whiskers on him...
Years ago, I baby sat my neighbor's daughter before she went to school. She came to see me one day and I had a new cat. I asked her if she wanted to pet the cat. She asked, "Is it a scratch cat?"
Well that cat wasn't a scratch cat, but this one is! Watch out for him! Donna Remember, horse art, wildlife art, cow art can be bought on my website or by emailing me from here. Or click the comment button and let me know you want something, prints or original paintings for sale.
I all ready need to post an update to this as I saw something I had to change, right after I scanned this. In the center of the bow tie, I added a shadow to deepen the look of the feathers. Chico is so pretty, I don't suppose I'm doing him justice, but I'm having the time of my life painting him.
This painting will go on ebay today also. Thanks for stopping by and if you want to bid on my items, do a seller search for jackmorgan! Be sure to mark my auctions as a favorite seller and you'll get ebay updates. You can also subscribe to this blog by adding your email address in the feedblitz box to your right.
Still painting my sons bird. He was looking mad here. It's really fun to paint different subjects and have new shapes and colors to use. Kind of makes you think about what you're doing, instead of painting by formulas.
Here's Chico again! I don't know how many paintings of him I'll do, I'm in love with his colors and his eyes. And his beak. I'm posting these paintings of Chico on ebay for .50 starting price. So go bid place your bid today! How can you go wrong? An original Ridgway for .50......I can't believe I'm doing this.
My son has a Macaw named Chico. I might have spelled his name wrong but it's pronounced the same. Chico and I got a little bit aquainted over Christmas. He finally came to me without complaint and would gladly eat out of my hand. Of course, he eats from anyone who will feed him, but it was fun to have him willingly step onto my arm.