Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aunt Monster

Okay, so I guess yesterday I lied. As I was looking through my photos for subjects to fill the upcoming days, I came across one of Monster giving "the look." She may as well have been yelling at me from the barn, saying, "EXCUSE ME, but aren't you forgetting something?" Obviously I had to paint her. I wasn't planning on including her in the 30 days - I have painted Monster a number of times and I could have painted her every day for thirty days and still had references to work from. I figured I could "share the love" so to speak, and paint some other horses for the month. Guess she made her point!

This is a little painting, 5 x 7 oil on canvas. It was tough to work this small - I was getting quite comfortable with the 8 x 10s I've been doing. It's also a very difficult size of which to get a decent photo - more so than usual. Her blanket is actually a faded green, which you may or may not get, depending on your monitor! The same limited palette was used. For the formal intro, should you just be tuning into my blog and not yet had the pleasure of meeting our Miss Monster, she is my own, homebred Thoroughbred mare, now eight years old; resident muse, babysitter...and on very rare occasion these days, we go for a ride!

Over at NaNoWriMo, the most recent challenge has been issued: 20,000 words by Thursday night. I have just over 14,000 at this point, so I'm off to go try and pad that total! But 20K by tomorrow night? I don't know! Guess I can only try.


Kimberly Kelly Santini said...

Linda, I am so wow-ed by your work this month, and I've only seen the visuals, not had the luxury of reading the written words.

Way to reach for the stars!!

And thanks for my gratuitous Monster fix!

Linda Shantz said...

Thanks Kim! And any time you need a Monster fix, let me know!