Blue ~ or the otherwise white horse:)

Blue ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel
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Well, the horse obsession isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! I’m happy to report that I’ve found a subject that I don’t seem to get sick of painting, other than my kids!
I’m on a roll! I’m working on a few bigger horse paintings, too, so stay posted:)
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Thoughtful ~ White Horse Portrait

Thoughtful ~  6″ x 6″ oil on panel 
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bidding starts at $35
Happy Solstice, everyone! And happy new beginnings. According to the Mayan calendar, today doesn’t mark the end of the world, but the end of a cycle. Today is the first day of the new cycle, which is supposed to be characterized by enlightenment, where great changes take place to thrust us into a new age of evolution as individuals and as mankind. I wish you all peace on your new journey.
Today also marks the shortest amount of daylight this year…Thank goodness as of tomorrow the days will be getting longer! I can’t wait for the sun to come back. But really, isn’t winter a time to settle in, slow down, ruminate, and recharge? Just like the plants do under the soil. They rest so that they can return, with more growth and beauty than before, when the sun returns. 

Our Life’s Work

“Life’s Work” ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel
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“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards, they try to have more things or more money in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are then do what you need to do in order to have what you want. ” 
― Margaret Young
What do you really want to get out of life? Really. If money was no object. Well, do it. The purpose of your life is to to pursue productive, meaningful work. To spend most of your time doing something that you and others find meaningful.. Period. If you’re doing it well, with all of your heart, with passion, then you will find a way to make a living. So many of us have it backwards, we put off life, trying to make a living doing work we hate, so that we can one day do the things we love and be happy.

The purpose of your life is not to become rich, or skinny, or beautiful, or find the perfect mate, or have twenty five children, or work in a cubicle. These may be things you want to do, but they are not your purpose. (Well, maybe they’re yours, but they’re sure not mine…two kids is enough, lol!)

When you find it you will know, because time disappears when you’re immersed in it. Your senses become heightened, you become completely absorbed. A mountain could come crashing down and you wouldn’t even notice. 
So if you are an artist, and you’ve decided that the purpose of your life is to paint, then paint. Paint between commercials. Paint when the kids are asleep. Paint after dinner. Or paint for your job, but just do it! (Easy enough to say, not so easy to do!)
Painters paint, gardeners garden, musicians play, bees buzz…it’s what we do! Does it need a purpose other than it’s what makes you feel alive?
This is something that I’ve really been struggling with. I virtually quit for almost four months. I still painted, but there was no desire behind it. No passion. No thrill. I looked at the canvas as an obligation to fulfill. I had to have something to post to my blog. I had to have something to put in my newsletter. I had to finish what I started. It had to be my next masterpiece. It had to be perfect. It had to fit into some imagined “body of work”.
It had to be sellable, or how could I justify the cost of materials?  I couldn’t just paint and not get paid…could I? I couldn’t just paint because I love painting.  All that pressure. No wonder I couldn’t perform.
Who says our purpose has to be our job? And if it was, would it still be our passion? What do you think?
What’s your passion? Are you doing it? Are you making a living from it? 

The Shaggy Pony

The Shaggy Pony 18″ x 18″ gallery wrapped canvas
$1200.00
This pony reminds me of Ireland…they have lots of beautiful, shaggy ponies…It inspired me to write a poem, which I haven’t done in a long time, but I’ve been longing for the place lately…
O beautiful misty land of my dreams
I want to unfurl you agains my skin and breathe in your scent like a lover
I want to tangle my hands in the manes of your shaggy ponies 
and ride through your hills of heather
I long to dive from your cliffs and dance like a child
to the music of my ancestors.
This has to be the pony I dreamed of when I was a little girl. All messy mane and liquid eyes, multicoloured and fluffy…I fell in love with him all over again when I saw the photo, and I had to ask permission to paint him. The great reference photo was from Rapscallion…which would actually be a great name for this little guy…He looks like a rapscallion 🙂

Sundance the Buckskin

“Sundance” ~ 12″ x 16″ oil on Raymar Panel
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My newest painting…I’ve always been particularly enamoured with the buckskin, ever since “Dances with Wolves”. I wanted that horse so bad! I love the feeling of exuberance in his pose, like he’s about to explode into flight. I tried hard to achieve that feeling of liquid gold, how the sun glistening off of a horse’s coat can sometimes look metallic. The photo didn’t turn out very good this time. I’ll try to post new photos when the paint dries and the glare dies down.
Also, it snowed here, at least 6 inches over the last few days. It makes it much harder to get good photos. I usually take photos of my art outside, on an overcast day, which isn’t usually hard to do here, because it’s usually overcast! But the snow bounces light all over the place. I’ll have to come up with another solution.
Well, Bye for now:)

Rapscallion — the shaggy pony

Rapscallion ~ 6″ x 6″ graphite on bristol
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This is my newest little guy…I’m still on a horse kick. I don’t think this one will end for a while. I’m having too much fun. I’ve named him after the website of the guy that took the picture. I fell in love with his photo, and emailed him for permission to use it. Have a look at his great work here.
I think I’ll do a larger color version soon, too. I love the square format. 
While revisiting my past love of horses, I also had an urge to revisit my past love of graphite. 
For years I only drew. I was afraid of color. Afraid I’d be no good, and I spent hours and hours rendering dozens of pictures in pencil. I got quite a few commissions, and sold quite a few pieces, but then I tried painting…and it was so fast! It was like someone gave me wings! And I didn’t suck, lol!
So for years, I haven’t looked back. Why would I spend hours and hours labouring over something when I could be finished in a few days or hours? 
Well, as part of my artistic “healing” I guess you could call it, I’ve found solace in the simplicity of the pencil. Not much is needed for materials, you don’t have to have a lot of room, and for me I don’t have to think much. It’s kind of like meditating.
So maybe I’ll do some more. Mix it up a bit.
If you’re at all curious about why I needed artistic “healing”, I’ve written about it in my newsletter, along with a bit of a review on the book that helped me immensely. You can read it here.
That’s it for now, folks. Have a lovely day!

Beautiful Blue ~ Overo paint mustang

Beautiful Blue ~ 12″ x 16″ oil on Raymar panel
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Isn’t he gorgeous? I’ve always had a fascination with blue-eyed animals. They are so rare yet so striking. I designed this guy with dramatic light to accentuate that blue eye…
Like I’ve probably already mentioned at least a dozen times, I used to be completely infatuated with horses. I started drawing them when I was six, I owned one by the time I was twelve, and she was my best friend. A chestnut purebred Quarter Horse named Miss Peeti Poco…I just called her Peeti. I drew her so many times that by the time I was a teen I could draw an anatomically correct horse, muscles, veins and all, with my eyes closed. I think I drew horses so much, that by the time I left home, I actually got sick of it, and started drawing people.  My horse passed away 12 years ago, and I miss her still. It has been years since I really spent any time with horses, or any time drawing them but lately my love has been rekindled. I have the opportunity to take up riding again, and also to get some great photo references. So expect at least a few more horses on here!

Dreams of Pegasus

12″ x 16″ oil on canvas covered wood panel
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Lately I’ve returned to my first love…horses. I have to say, I was really inspired by this month’s International Artist winner, B.K. Lawes and his beautiful horse painting…just stunning with the black background and dramatic lighting. 
This painting is from one of my ACEO’s…revisited. I haven’t painted horses larger than 11 x 14 in years. This one isn’t much bigger, but as it was successful, I think I may try an even larger canvas…fun!