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Friday, January 15, 2010

Conjure up a cowboy in 30 minutes!


Last night I went to the Great Falls Art Society meeting.  We had a pastel instructor there, with a live model. It was so interesting and fun to watch her work!  She had us do three gesture sketches, then she showed us how she would create a painting in 30 minutes from her cowboy model.  After that, we tried creating our own painting from the model.  He was a very good model, fun to look at with his hat, boots and coat.

The instructor told us what we were trying to do in this painting, is create something that screams cowboy in a leather jacket, in 30 minutes.

So here's my attempt.  I haven't had so much fun painting for a long time!  I realized the reason I haven't wanted to paint lately, is because I've been painting such tight, realistic looking work.  I'd much rather create something like this!  It was a revelation....
Donna Ridgway

Friday, January 08, 2010

Low Temps-High Spirits!



Here's a high flying Appaloosa for you!  He was feeling his cheerios, and showing off for us.  By the time he'd finished his antics, he had Robert and I laughing pretty hard!

He can be purchased as a framed print, a poster, or a giclee print or card on my red bubble site.  Shopping there is easy, I think you'll like the site!
Donna Ridgway

Friday, January 01, 2010

Appaloosa in the Snow


We spent Christmas Day with my cousin and her family, near Swift Dam, west of Dupuyer, Montana.  On the way to her house, we stopped to take photos of this beautiful horse.  I liked the way his colors contrasted with the snow and the blue of the mountains!

You can purchase this image here on my Red Bubble site, Appaloosa in the Snow


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