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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Boy, the One Hundred Paintings in One Hundred Days Project has kept me pretty busy. I have been posting paintings to that blog daily and neglecting this one. We recently set up our art exhibit at a local horse show, the NC Hunter Jumper Assoc. Show in Raleigh NC. It was hot, but since we were inside, we were out of the sun and had plenty of electricity to run numerous fans. ( No AC )
While there, I worked on paintings for the One Hundred Paintings Project. A lot of the little paintings were sold at the show in addition to online. I completed a portrait while at the show and finished a landscape of a red barn and hay bales.
Portrait of Heidi
8 x 10 Oil on canvas
Red Barn Round Bales
9 x 12 Oil on Canvas
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Of course, it wasn't about hanging around the beach or fishing or boating. Well a bit about boating. I was back at Budsin Woodcraft, builders of fine wooden electric boats. We have featured them in a past newsletter, but if you missed it, check out their website.
Don't forget to visit
Friday, May 8, 2009
You can follow the work on the blog I specifically created to show the paintings as they are completed.
Here is the link to One Hundred Paintings blog
Here is what I wrote there to introduce this project.
One Hundred Paintings in One Hundred days. That's my goal. A new painting to be shown everyday. Most of these will not be large paintings. Probably in the 4 x 6 inch range. The paintings will be for sale. The price, One Hundred dollars.
So what's the big deal. Just a little painting a day. Yes, but that is in addition to what is already going on in my studio. I will still be working on larger paintings, painting at the Horse Shows, setting up and exhibiting Theresa's and my work. Traveling to the shows. Not to mention, setting up all the backend to be able to show these to you.
Why? Productivity. I am always able to get more done, the busier I am. So I am going to make myself busier.
I hope you will come back and check on my progress. I am counting down to the start. When? Sometime in the coming week. No, I am not stockpiling paintings. I am getting this blog ready. Adding a mailing list for those of you who want to recieve email updates and just trying to get the logistics squared away.
As a lot of my paintings and our portraits are of dogs, I am going to donate a portion of all the dog paintings sold from this project to Danny and Ron's Rescue. Those of you who know me through the horse shows know all about Danny and Ron. Those who don't, you can check them out here.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Travel time: 40 minutes. Set-up time: 30 minutes. We did not rush.
We spent time with old friends, clients and collectors and met with new friends, clients and collectors. It was a take your horse and sit under the tree and watch kind of show. The local 4-H was manning the food concession. Cooking real Hamburgers, Hot Dogs etc on a grill......
Thanks, Eastern Hunter Association and MacNair's
It was only a week later, that we were even closer to home at a local Arts and Crafts Festival in the nearby town of Wake Forest, NC. Meet in the Steet is put on by the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce and has been getting better and more organized each year. Volunteers help unload. Happy volunteers help unload.
Drive time: 15 minutes. Set-up time: A bit longer as a chance of wind and rain had us bringing out the big gun, our Craft Hut tent, rather than an EZ UP (EZ up, EZ down, EZ blow away)
Again it was FUN! Meeting people we haven't seen in quite a while. Meeting future clients and collectors. Catching up on the local arts scene.
Leave home 7:00 am, start packing up at 4:00 pm, at home by 6:00. Priceless
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I thought that I would share this painting video with you. A bit to long for YouTube. And I can't about to spend anymore time editing it. Working on other projects now.
It is recorded in real time, not high speed "fast painting." Though more has been edited out then left in. Mostly shots of the painting with nothing happening while I mix colors and decide what to paint next. The painting is 3" x 5" Don't turn up the volume, there is no soundtrack.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Click on the images to read Theresa's description on her blog.
Theresa and I spent a couple of weeks in Wellington FL, mostly at the Winter Equestrian Festival. I drove down a few days early to set up the camper, do some painting and get our exhibit up. It is just great on a long drive to pull over at a rest stop, make a meal and take a nap, then head on down the road again. When I got to Wellington, I ran into Vicky Moon who told me that I ought to go see a polo match before we got tied up at the horse show. I went to the Palm Beach International Polo Club on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. What a deal, cheaper than a NASCAR race ( I assume, I haven't been ) or a hockey game here in Raleigh. And free champagne at half time out on the field. A reward for replacing divots. I don't know what I expected, after seeing the old prints and watercolors, I thought it would be like golf on horesback. More like football or rugby. I took a lot of photos and some video as refernce for future paintings. After halftime, I walked down to the end of the field where the ponies and grooms were to get some behind the scenes shots. Now speed ahead from February to April. I had been with the Lechuza Caracas team, which lost 21 ponys at one time due to a improperly prepared vitamin and mineral supplement. One of the polo paintings is completed and it features a Lechuza player and pony. Is this one of the ponys that died? I couldn't tell you.
Click on image for more
Check back for more polo paintings.
After all the fun, it was time to go to work. At the horse show. Theresa got and completed two commissions right at the show. A norwich terrier and a girl and her pony. You can see them here www.portraitsnc.com/recentworks.html
Meanwhile, I was painting the showgrounds as always and also I was asked to paint the H'nD Stable to be given as a present to the owner.
NEXT STEP: The drive to California
Here as some entries in Theresa's blog about our journey
Some of my recollections.
We didn't quite make it to Memphis TN as planned the first day, but that was alright, we missed the tornados. Spent an hour watching the weather channel for the travel weather. Never did see it. Do they have any helpful information on that channel anymore. We went driving merrily along until we reached the Arkansas Welcome Center where the nice lady told us that there was snow in Oklahoma. Not only that, but I40 and the city of Amarillo Texas was totally shut down due to a blizzard. We stopped at friends in eastern OK, only two inches of snow. A beautiful drive the next day. Remnants of snow all around but the temp was in the sixties. Got to Albequerque NM. Late, followed the GPS to the Tumbleweed Steakhouse. Drove in the parking lot. Saw various groups of people hanging out in the parking lot. Drove out of the parking lot. Found an Applebees. Next morning tried the weather channel again, no luck. But the local news mentioned snow near Gallup and that I40 was closed on the other side. Went outside to load van and gas up. Froze your buns off. Next thing we know, we are driving through a snow storm. The NM highway dept. was nice enough to install windsocks along the road so you could see which way and how strong the wind was blowing, even when it wasn't snowing. Got to Gallup, stopped for coffee and to clean the snow and ice off the windshield. I40 was now open. It had been closed due to an accident. Got to AZ, and by the time we reached Winslow (they have a statue of Jackson Brown standing on a corner there) it was a beautiful day. In Flagstaff also beautiful, with snow on the San Francisco Mountains. Stopped in Williams AZ for gas and to wash the van. It looked like it had just spent February in Buffalo, New York. Found Cruiser's Grill on Rte 66 where we ate ribs back in 2001. Stopped in for ribs. Then on to California. Flagstaff to Williams is a beautiful area lots of ponderosa pines. Westward ever westward, down, down to the desert. Kingman AZ then to CA. Whoa! Crossed the Colorado River, stopped at the Agricultural Station and into the desert. A two lane road that was the backway from Needles to the Palm Springs area. A two lane road through nowhere. I have to admit after 4 days on I40 it was a great release. We watched the sunset and noticed that there were no lights anywhere. A couple of cars passed us. Finally got to Indio. We had made it. Did the show, visited family, got sick for four days and headed home. Oh to have had ruby slippers..."there's no place like home." Theresa drove most of the way back. I was useless for two days, able to drive some the next two. On the way back, wildfires in OK burnt 60+ homes in one town near OK City. Our friends, who live near Muskogee, told us that the fires reached the back of their property. We noticed that everyone had hoses laying stretched across their yards. All the time, just in case. When we got to North Carolina it was lush and green. It looked like a place where living creatures are meant to live. Glad to be home.
Aiken Horse Show...
Our trip to CA meant I was unable to paint at the Aiken Horse Show ( the show in the woods) I had sent four fox paintings down to them to sell to help the Hitchcock Woods Foundation. They were all sold.
Thanks to Holly Houghton and Sandra Tucker for all the help with these paintings.....
Today: I am working on paintings of some old and new barns at a horse facility in Raleigh NC. MacNair's Country Acres. The old barns are going to be restored and the owner wanted to capture the character that you can only get from an old barn before work on them began....that's one of them in the painting at the top of this post.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
In yesterday's video we explored the two point position. Today's video is the posting trot and the dismount.The next video will look at painting again.
If you happen to be at the Winter Equestrian Festival for the next couple of weeks, come on by and visit Theresa and I . We will be set up the weeks of Feb 18 and Feb 25. I will be around and painting a bit earlier.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Here are a couple of videos.. No painting in these two. After being around and painting at horseshows and at home buying and hauling hay and grain, putting up and fixing fencing, paying farriers and vets, I decided to to see what is it about riding horses that has such an attraction. Not only that, but learning something new. Learning balance. Learning about the horse, the tack. Where are the long stirrup leathers and the big question... Where do I find wide stirrup irons for big feet?
So here is a video of an early lesson. The horse I had be learning on was indisposed, so a smaller, 15.1h (that 15 hands 1 inch for those non-horse people, roughly 4 cubits) horse that would look a little more absurd was given to me.....
Sunday, February 1, 2009
This first photo is the finished painting of Courtney.
These three show some of the changes the painting goes through.