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.
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....
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!