Wednesday, November 16, 2011

White Horses

On the easel - Misha, a Lipizzan Stallion, is the model for this one.
My favorite color of horse when I was a child was 'gray'. I didn't find out that 'gray' is actually not a color until Art School!

This one I drew out in great detail because I felt inspired to use the acrylics again. I will next start adding watery thin layers of acrylic paint or stains to gently build colour, incorporating the graphite drawing.

Misha, the model, is the sire to 3 of our own horses. We have his 2 year old son, and future stallion, Prince Caspian. Lipizzans start out bay when they are born then change to gray, then to white around 8 years of age. Prince is a steel gray still. We are so happy with his progress, watching him as he grows into the magnificent white stallion.

I am busy preparing for the big Art Show and Sale this weekend with the St Thomas-Elgin Artist Guild so no new paintings til the show is done!

Quote of the Day;

"For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat".

Wallis Simpson

Monday, November 14, 2011

Painting Pumpkins

I am re posting this painting today because I noticed that the last one got posted back in time. Not sure how that happened, except that I had pre-written it and maybe it stuck it back in order of the date I wrote it. Too bad.
Anyways, this painting was never meant to be about pumpkins. Tell me what you think (without reading my previous post) it means. What it means to you.

Just curious.

Transcendent Stains - 16" x 20" x 1.5" Oil on cradled birch wood. Sides painted black, ready to hang.

Close up.

This is one of the painting that will be at the T'was the Art Before Christmas Show and Sale being held this weekend at the Historical Train Station in St Thomas!

Quote of the Day:

To all my artist friends

About making Art:

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions.

It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. …

No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

from The Life and Work of Martha Graham