A great two weeks of horse show and painting. Ponies and leadline, dogs and barns, horses and spectators. I had hoped to get more paintings finished of the show and grounds, but a number of commissioned paintings were completed at the show. Some from photos, others from setting the easel up on location and painting. Here are a few....
Pony Morning - Blowing Rock 11 x 14 oil on canvas
The Wave - Leadline 8 x 10 oil on linen panel
Not much more to say about this.
By the Ingate 8 x 10 oil on linen panel (this painting is available)
In the Boxes 8 x 10 oil on linen panel
(the people in this painting were constantly coming and going, they were not all together at any one time. This painting available.)
At the Barn 8 x 10 Oil on canvas
In this painting, the barn was painted on location, the figure added later from a photograph (it was a gift to him)
Another view of the Boxes, "Keg", 8 x 10 oil on canvas
A commissioned painting of her horses in their stalls, this collector agreed to have the second horse eating the fern. Thank you, so much more interesting, Oil on canvas, 8 x 24
4 x 6 Oil on linen panel
This painting was commissioned and given to the horse's owner as a gift from the rider.
More leadline paintings, horseshow paintings and eventually you will get to see paintings that are to be gifts some time in the future.
The painting on the left is a commission of the HITS shows grounds in Ocala FL. While thumbing through the folders, I couldn't resist another painting of one of my favorite Florida scenes - Cows in huge pastures that are filled with live oaks and spanish moss.
As you can see below, the painting of the cow in the field has been completed.
Now back to the commission before I allow myself another cow painting.
I was thinking that "Grazing in the Shade" would be a title for this painting. From that I began hearing "Grazing in the Grass" in my head, then I found myself singing at the easel. So "Grazing in the Grass" it is.
For those born too late, "G in the G" was a hit for South Aftrican trumpeter Hugh Masakela in 1968 and then again for the Friends of Distinction a year later. If you want to hear it, I have a link at the bottom of the page, but first you can add this original oil painting to your collection by clicking here
A quick trip to the coast for an art show. Overall, a good couple of days. The Art Show was being held on a different date then previous years, and could have used a bit more promotion and advertising. So while Theresa was manning the booth, I took my easel and canvases down a block to the waterfront to paint.
Being just downright hot, I set up in the shade under some live oak trees to paint. After the first painting was finished, I looked around and decided that I liked painting in the shade on 90°+ days.
Here are the two paintings, both 8 x 10 on canvas.
The Dockside at Beaufort 1 SOLD
One highlight of the trip was where we stayed. In the painting above, if you look just to the right of the bow of the blue boat there are two light strips of paint. These are the canopies covering the deck of the Schooner Russamee, where we spent two nights, anchored out. A good breeze kept it comfortable, except when trying to row the dinghy out to the boat against the wind and tide.
The above painting has been bought by one of my long time collectors, but number two is still available. Both were painted to capture the bright summer day at the coast, and I am happy with them and am ready to go back and paint some more in Beaufort.
Evening Turnout has always been one of my favorite paintings. It was a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Two horses being led to pasture on a summer evening in Carolina. It was only a minute or so before they had disappeared over the hill.
Now it is the first of my paintings to be available as a print. Each one of these giclees prints on heavy weight paper has been approved and signed by the artist, me. The image size is a full 8 x 10. We are introducing these prints at $19.95 + 3.95 shipping.
Here is a new painting from the Four Seasons series. "Memories of a Summer Evening"
If you are familiar with my work through the Oils and Watercolor Portraits, this at first might seem a bit different, but these paintings have allowed me to combine techniques from both oils and watercolors.
They are here. A painting a day, small paintings for big results DVD. Learn about canvas, colors, palettes and brushes. Some techniques to make working on small paintings easier. You can follow me as I paint three miniature oil paintings in less than two hours.
In the DVD I take you through an actual painting session, working on three paintings simultaneously. Only 24.95 plus 2.95 shipping.
What's an artist to do? It is winter in North Carolina. What to paint? There are no snow covered scenes to paint. Not that I am complaining. All the colors of spring, summer and fall have turned to a dull gray mixed with a muddy clay colored brown. Enough to bring you down.....
But look up! There in the sky! It's... It's...the sky!
It seems that nature compensates for the lack of color on the ground with a dazzling show above. No more hazy summer days when the humidity won't let you see a blue sky. A clear blue, a dramatic light.....Time to paint!
I really haven't settled on a title for this painting. Something with evening and pasture. It's getting dark, it's cold and muddy. Home from work and you have to move the horses or feed the dogs before you can go inside and relax. As you trudge along you glance up and see the departing day throw a splash of color.....
It is an 8 x 10 oil painting on canvas. And it is for sale. $360. shipping included.