Blue ~ or the otherwise white horse:)

Blue ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel
For sale on Daily Paintworks
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:)

Our Life’s Work

“Life’s Work” ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on panel
BID NOW on Daily Paintworks
“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? 

Equine Trio ~ three of my recent horse portraits

 Backlit Beauty 6″ x 6″ oil on panel (SOLD)
 Golden Boy ~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
Black Charger~ 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
Here’s a few of my recent little horse portraits. The top one sold from my Daily Paintworks page last week, I’m happy to report that the middle one is taking part in the Christmas Art Show and sale at the Quesnel Art gallery, along with my “Sunset Cows”, and the bottom one is still for sale through Daily Paintworks. Stop by there, it’s a steal!

Two new paintings — Lion portrait, and Equine Painting

   The King — oil on canvas panel
bidding opens around 5:30 pm, May 22.
Bidding starts at $39.99
My newest painting today…and my second newest, below…
I’ll Come Running 5″ x 7″ oil on canvas
bidding opens around 5:30 pm, May 22.
 starts at $39.99
I’ve been having a lot of fun painting smaller canvases lately. I don’t seem to have a heck of a lot of time, with spring gardening and stuff coming on, so it’s the easiest way to get some productive painting time in.

Coffee break- original horse oil painting

Coffee Break 6″x6″ oil on canvas panel
 $150.00

Here’s my newest daily painting.
I love horses. I’ve always loved horses. I started drawing them when I was about five and the obsession hasn’t ended. And workhorses speak to me of a time when life was simpler…more real…more in touch. I miss it in a way.
Anyways, you can now purchase it straight from me with paypal, using your bank account or credit card. It’s totally secure. Isn’t technology wonderful?, Lol!

Work Buddies painting a day

“Work Buddies” 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas
A new painting I did today. I’ve been working on a large one for the last week, and it’s giving me some trouble, (as usual…sigh…) so I decided to turn it to face the wall for a week or so, and do some tiny little one-off’s to make myself feel better!
This one will be active on ebay on Sunday at 6 or so…
Cheers! G’night:)