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:)

Ballycarbery Castle at Sunset, Ireland

Ballycarbery Castle at Sunset, Ireland 12″ x 18″ oil on canvas
$600.00
So…here’s a new one I just put the finishing touches on today. It’s something different for me, as I usually don’t paint landscapes. But I was in love with this reference photo. I took it on my trip to Ireland, in 2009, and I still remember what the day smelled like! Warm sun on hay, horse manure, salt air from the ocean. I had so much anticipation of actually reaching the castle itself, so I could explore, and it was about a five mile walk…There was a little black and white kitty that was rubbing itself on my legs while I was taking photos, and the hedge on the right hand side was amazing. It was fuschia, which I didn’t even know grew like a hedge! It was about five feet tall, and went for miles along the side of the road. Beautiful! 
Prints will be available from my etsy shop in the next few days…
Cheers!
Oh! I almost forgot!  Mojo377creations of etsy, featured my painting “Owl in the Mist” in her etsy treasury today…It’s called “I met Alice Last Night”, and is a clever and beautiful collection of Alice-in-Wonderland themed handmade items. Check it out HERE.

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.

Sunlit

                                                        “Sunlit”  ACEO — SOLD

It’s spring, finally…I think… The large patches of snow beg to differ, but the temperature on the thermometer is finally agreeing. (Is that a word? It sounds funny…lol!) I’m really tired today. I ran 9km, painted for four hours, only to have to basically start over…way too much time to spend on a 6 x 6 painting, cooked a few meals, picked up after the kids…put them to bed…How does one have the time to stay in shape, raise a family, try to be an artist, and be a wife…YAWN! Okay, well I’m going to go to bed now, but I’ll leave you with this little horse I painted the other day. I’ve been painting A LOT! I just haven’t been posting much. There’s the cows…and the swan…and a lot of cats, haha. I will post some more soon.
Bye for now.

Paniolo — Hawaiian Cowboy


Well, I just finished writing this whole post a few minutes ago, and somehow deleted it! Now I have to start again…DAMN! Sometimes I hate computers!
Anyways, I want to thank the wonderful girls who left me some great feedback. I took your advice and now I have a painting that I’m pretty happy with!
I lengthened the mane and tail, and made them fly out, adding to the sense of movement. I definitely feel like this makes it far less static. I spaced out the back legs slightly, defined them, and added a longer shadow. This, along with the longer tail, balances the painting out and makes the horse more grounded. I took away most of the dust behind the horse, and added some color to the dust in front. I defined some of the background shadows, and values, and evened out the color in the mountains.
All in all, I feel pretty happy with it now. Of course, there’s still things I don’t really like, but don’t know how to change, or if they need it. Artists are their own worst critics! But, if anyone sees something that still might need help, let me know. I, unlike most, love constructive criticism!

Fresh off the Easel


It’s finally done…I think. I’m not quite sure I’m satisfied, but I don’t really know where else to go with this one. I’ve done so much to it already, that I should have planned in the beginning for. If anyone’s wondering if it’s really worth while to do those thumbnail sketches…IT IS!! I only did one, that I was pretty happy with, but, it didn’t work when translated to this big canvas. It used to have three mid-ground figures, and a background guy on a horse, and a guy leaning against a horse in the far background. I decided it was too busy, and after many attempts at just trying to FIX everything to make it look like it was supposed to be there, I systematically began eliminating things, until there was nothing left to eliminate. This would all have been much easier to do before the painting was near completion…with the thumbnails…but once again, my initial enthusiasm for the subject overtook my logic, and I dove right in without proper planning. NEVER AGAIN! This one was so hard.
I want to put this one out for critique. I desperately need input from other artists, so if anyone thinks this painting needs some help, or could use something else, please drop me a line. I would appreciate it so much. Like I said, I’m not really sure if it’s done or not, so let me know what you think. It also needs a title. “Fresh off the Easel” just isn’t going to cut it.
I really want to thank Eduardo Amorim, the amazing photographer whose photo was the inspiration for this shot. Check out his work at Flickr by clicking on his name.

Hey Horsey!

I was absolutely horse CRAZY as a kid! I drew horse after horse after horse, I talked about horses, dreamed about horses, and finally, when I was twelve, my parents got me my very own horse. But, I think I must have got sick of drawing horses, because this is the first horse I have painted in about 15 years! I made it look just like mine, Miss Peeti Poco. I miss her. She died when I was 27, and coincidentally, she was 27. Our birthdays were only a week apart. I really enjoyed painting this little thing. I may have to give horses another go! This is another ACEO for ebay. The detail is difficult, though, so it’s quite hard to make it look polished, and the picture doesn’t do it justice. 2.5″ x 3.5″ is so small!
Well, I have a portrait commission that I have to start work on tomorrow, as well as an assignment almost due for my writing course, so I don’t know when I’ll next be able to post. Maybe if the weather is good enough for pictures, I’ll post some in progress ones of the commission. So, ciao for now.