|Zippy, Lounging ~ 5 x 7 oil on panel.|
I've been spending a lot of time glaring at my easel of late - knowing there is work to be done, but feeling as if I'm just going to make a mess of anything I touch...kind of a reverse-Midas thing, where everything turns to muck. The oil pastel commission I've been working on is in a good place (by which I mean more than not in my studio, haha), and just getting a rest from my eyes before I put the final touches on it, so I felt I needed to at least be making an attempt with the paints.
My solution has been to finish up some studies that were abandoned somewhere along the road. Some of them were just done during one of my daily painting projects, so they got a day's work but I always wanted to go back to them. One I actually started from scratch (how brave, haha). One just involved cutting down and stretching over new stretcher bars. All I figured I could play with, and if I turned them to muck, nothing much would be lost except a bit more of my self-esteem! ;-)
At the top is Zippy as a baby - he still has that look of owning the world! Another study from the same time frame has found a new home, with artist friend Elizabeth McCrindle – it's always an extra honour when another artist likes my work enough to want it! I have one of Elizabeth's paintings hanging on my studio wall. You can see the paintings in a blog post she wrote when she received them - thanks again, Elizabeth!
|Einstein ~ 10 x 8 oil on canvas.|
|Milwaukee Brew ~ 8 x 10 oil on canvas.|
Two of the paintings I was playing with a palette I haven't used much, favoured by artist Anders Zorn. It's a limited palette of ivory black, cad red, yellow ochre and titanium white. Admittedly I didn't push it much, but it was interesting just the same. Both are studies of Thoroughbred stallions – Einstein (BRZ), sire of Sheldon, and Milwaukee Brew.
The last one is the restretch - I did this one as part of my daily painting projects, from a photo taken at Saratoga. Now, I need to get these up on my website, in hopes that they, too, will find new homes!
|Ready ~ 10 x 8 oil on linen.|
|Victor, Catching a Breeze ~ 6 x 4 oil on canvas.|
Just a PS - it's interesting to note the difference between my usual limited palette, which was used on the racehorse painting, compared with the stallion and Victor studies. Which do you like better? I'm a time and place kind of person - I have to shake things up now and again, and studies are a great way to try out new things.