Friday, July 04, 2014

Time For A Show



A few weeks ago I was asked if I'd like to take part in a local show with some fellow FASM members.  Well, that show is this weekend, and yes I'm going to have work there.  It's being held at Crawford's Garden Centre in Milton, and 10% of all sales are going to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Milton has grown so much in recent years, it's sorely in need of expansion.  Hopefully our little group will be able to help out with lots of sales this weekend!



I'll be hanging a number of pieces at very special prices in order to encourage local sales, so if you're in the neighbourhood, I hope you'll stop by!  There will also be prints and notecards available. The show runs from 9am-9pm Saturday July 5th and 10am-5pm Sunday July 6th.

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy Canada Day!

"Widget Watch" - 16 x 16 oil on canvas.
June flew by.  We were blessed with some long-awaited summer weather, and I don't think anyone dared complain about the particularly humid days. I think I managed to paint all but three days, and I'm okay with that, though I wish I'd accomplished more.  It's always a challenge, juggling horses at home, plus trying to keep Gracie in regular work, and so on.  Hopefully I'll carry on the momentum for July, but thanks to a less-than-friendly summer cold catching up with me, I'll be taking the day off today!  Not for Canada Day celebrations....just to lay low!  Of course, the horses still had to be done, and the blacksmith was out to trim a couple and reset a couple...."day off" is relative!

I did a few little sketchy/study type pieces this month, but most of my work was focused on finishing the widget painting, and an oil of Leo and Briggi playing kissy-face.  I did complete the widgets;  progress on Leo and Briggi has been very slow, but I'm getting there.  I was hoping to enter it in a particular competition, but I'm not sure I'll have it done in time.  Such is life! You can see where I was at the beginning of the month ...and where I ended up last night (below).

Underpainting complete, starting to throw in some colour.

Leo nearly done...still a ways to go to complete the work.

Who knows, maybe I'll blog a bit more consistently in July as well.  Oh, on a somewhat related tangent....yesterday I sent out an email to my mailing list in concordance with the new Canadian Anti-Spam regulations.  If you didn't receive it, or would like to be part of my mailing list (don't worry, I send out emails less frequently than I write blog posts!  Ha!), let me know.  You can email me with your address, or use the link in the left hand column of the blog, or click here! Now, if only this new regulation would stop the spew of spam I get every day!

July's going to be another busy month - next Sunday is the Queen's Plate, and later this month, I do believe I'm actually going to get to Saratoga.  It's going to be great - have to make up for missing last year!
Various little sketch/studies on panel.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hope Springs Eternal...

My first daily painting, an 8 x 10 oil on panel of Twine.

...or so the saying goes. Never is that more true than in breeding horses.  Look at California Chrome - by nothing out of nothing, as another saying goes, and he came two lengths shy of winning the American Triple Crown.

If you've been following this blog, you'll know that the last of the broodmares, Jubie (now Rae) went on to a new career this spring.  Last October I sent Twine to a new home, where she was to be part of a Paint horse breeding program. A year ago (June 16, to be exact) we lost Viv to colic.  So this spring has been a little melancholy; the end of an era, so to speak.

Firstborn, Gracie! 2008
Then not long after Jubie went to her new home, I ended up taking Twine back – the new situation just wasn't agreeing with her. She wasn't in terrible shape or anything, just not her usual robust self.  I started taking care of all the things to get her right again - deworming, teeth floating, getting her back on my feed program.  I figured when she'd settled in again, I'd put the tack on her and see about turning her into a riding horse. I took her back of my own accord, not expecting my client to re-assume ownership, as she was going through some tough times with the loss of her husband (the other half of my much-appreciated husband-wife client team).  I did mention it to her (well, when she came to visit, I had to explain Twine's presence), and then I was very appreciative when she said she would resume the monetary side of Twine's care.  If you haven't heard me say it before, I have an amazing client.  :-) I was surprised when shortly after she asked, "Should we breed her?"

Always a good mother - Zippy, 2012 baby.

Long story short, that ended up happening.  She was in poor shape reproductively, but thanks to my awesome vet, and a couple of sessions with my Equi-Bow practitioner, Twine overcame her issues and caught on the first cover.  I think both the vet and I were surprised, but hey, we'll take it.  So far she's had successful 15day (confirmed in foal), 30 day (heartbeat!) and 48 day checks (vet is predicting a filly).  Next one is at 150 days.  Still a long way to go, but hey, so far so good, and, God willing, next spring in late March or early April, we'll have an unplanned-planned baby bouncing around.

One last hurrah?  2018 Oaks winner, anyone?  :-)  Dream big, or go home, right?

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

A Little Victor

Caution:  wet paint!  ;-) Work in progress.

Little paintings really shouldn't take as long as I'm taking with this one.  This is the little study I started the other night, and then wiped off.  I was happier with my second drawing attempt, though  I'm still making adjustments as I go.  So much for trying to be quick and loose! Clearly I have some kinks to work out.
A better start.
This one is 6 x 4 oil on Raymar cotton canvas panel. So far I've limited my colours to Venetian Red, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White and a bit of Cad Yellow Lemon and Gold Ochre. 

Ridiculously tentative work.  :-D

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Paint. Every. Day.


"Ask," oil on linen study in progress.
June.  Finally we are getting some seasonally appropriate weather.  It’s amazing what that does for the psyche.  After a difficult winter and a tentative spring, it’s looking like just maybe we might have a reasonable summer. I even wore shorts yesterday!

I was tempted to do another Thirty Horses, Thirty Days to jumpstart myself this month. It’s been a while, and I have enjoyed the ones I’ve done in the past.  What holds me back is, well, reality, basically.  For one, getting a painting done every single day with everything that’s going on at the moment would be extremely difficult.  Then there is the fact that I have many small paintings, and I really don’t want to accumulate another 30.  So, what I decided was to commit to painting something each day.  It might be working on one of the larger WIPs, it might be a new study/sketch.  As long as the brushes and paint make contact with some ground or another at least once, that’s the deal.  The other motivation for not doing a Thirty Horses is that I don't want to limit myself to just horses, so we'll see what else I come up with along the way.

Sunday, (June 1st) I started a small oil on linen study (above).  Yesterday (June 2nd) time was tight and I was literally picking up a brush at ten to midnight.  I wiped out what I did, because I wasn’t happy, but I’m going to accept that's the way things are going to be some days and just go with it.  Today might be another one of those days, but we'll see.  Hopefully by the end of the month I'll have a few new small paintings, have finished some of the larger WIPs, and maybe even have started some new ones.  Bottom line is, I need to get back into some kind of routine to get past a particularly dry spell. I should be painting almost every day anyway, so this needs to carry into July and beyond!

"Victor," a start that I ended up wipng off.  Perhaps I'll try again today!

 Just.  Paint.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Jubie Retrospective

"Dreamy"  8 x 6 oil study on Raymar panel, sold.

I went to visit Jubie at her new home this past Saturday.  Now called Raeleah (Rae), she is living the life in paradise.  She has been such a wonderful model, I thought a little retrospective of the work she's inspired was in order!  Not that I'm done painting her, yet! 

Definitely paradise.

"Firstborn," 14 x 11 oil on Raphael linen panel. Sold;  reproductions available!

"Jubilant"  11 x 14 oil study on Raphael linen panel.  Available, framed, $500.

"The Bond (or, You Still Love Me, Don't You?" 14 x 11 oil on Raphael linen panel.  Sold, reproductions available.

"These Eyes," 6 x 8 oil study on Raymar panel.  Available, $100.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Pictures, No Paintings, Few Words

Stevie, home for a bit of r&r.

Please insert the usual excuses here.  In lieu of artwork and a lot of writing, here are a couple of recent pics which may one day be interpreted in oil! These are two of the parties who have contributed to my absence from the easel!  ;-)

Victor, recovering from chip surgery on his hocks.  Making cute faces at regular intervals.