Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
John tracks and finds the perfect tree and then cuts it down in it's prime...
He then bags it, and latches it to our car. He is truly the great hunter.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
"View from the Top" 4"x7"
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
"What did we get into here", John asked me. Well, unbeknown to us at that time, 16 years of companionship and a horse that made us laugh. He taught me many things in the years we had him, especially what NOT to do on a horse. He was a wonderful ride, but did not put up with incorrect signals. His attitude was get it right or get off!!! He started out on the track in Mexico at Agua Caliente. In fact, in the movie, Seabiscuit, there is a scene where you see the ride board for the day and his racing name is there, AlottaDust. Now of course he was not around back then, so why his name is there is any one's guess. After a not so stellar career on the track, he went to auction where Shelly bought him. Together they won medals and ribbons galore. Dusty was a dream come true in the ring. I know that he packed me around the ring and the ribbons we won were all his doing.
He was my third horse and my husband's first. In the early years of our marraige when we had no money, our entertainment was to go to the stable and groom him and play with him. We knew that it was better to be with him than at any fancy resturaunt or movie. John loved to sit with him and unwind after a long day. They used to play tag together in the arena, he would chase Dusty and slap him on the hind end then turn around and run and Dusty would be in hot pursuit, throwing his head and bucking. It was so funny to watch. They had a very special relationship. He was many things to me, a stress reliever, a teacher, and a shoulder to cry on when I needed it.
We will miss him so much and sometimes it is hard for me to believe that he is not here anymore. He was a blessing and had a huge heart. I don't know if I will ever come across a spirit like his, I think he was truly one of a kind. Our thanks also goes out to Kevin and Kirk, our trainers and friends, who were so good to him and us. His last days were good ones because of them.
Here's to you, D-man, I hope you are rolling in green pastures and making that groaning noise that only you could do. I hope to see you again someday.
Monday, September 29, 2008
This is a commission that I finished last week. This birdhouse is in a neighbor's yard and I have wanted to paint it for some time. I loved placing the yellows in contrast to each other. I call this one House Hunting. It is oil on canvas.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I will post as often as I can, but I have broken two ribs recently and have not been able to sit for long periods of time. So when I am not painting, I am researching my reference for more paintings. So hopefully I will be able to post more as I heal up.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
"Venturing Out-Raccoons" Oil on board
This is an 8x10 oil commission. It is about 10 hours from being done. This has been a lot of fun for me as I have never done wood textures to this extent in oil. It has been a frustration and a thrill at the same time! I call it Venturing Out, it seems that these two small raccoons are on their first trip out of the den. They have all the excitement and reservations in their expressions.
This is a pastel of a friend of mine's Golden Retriever puppy. I photographed her entire litter, but the best pictures I got were from when they were asleep. All the tough stuff is done on this, I just need to finish the back of the puppy and the quilt. It should be done in the next two days.
"Ready, Willing, and Able" Graphite
Pencils by far are my favorite medium. It is the medium I learned to be an artist with. The only thing about graphite that is unfortunate is the time. A pencil takes me twice as long as a pastel or an oil. Yet most customers don't recognize this time commitment and rarely pay an artist for a graphite painting what is deserved. Even though color can romance the eye, just take a moment and look closely at a graphite or scratch board drawing...I challenge you not to be impressed by the amount of layering and detail it takes. Just look at the works of Terry Miller and Paula Waterman's black and white work and you will see it done in the best light.
I have played with all kinds of pencils and techniques but I have recently fallen in love with Cretacolors Nero pencils. They are a mixture of charcoal and wax, they act just like graphite, but have a dark rich quality I just love!!! I hope to have this done by the end of the week, but...there is a lot to do with it. I paint with the pastels and oils during the day, and while my hubby and I watch the Olympics in the evening, I work on this piece. I will post as I finish each.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
The background is simple enough, but I have to make the foreground really stand out to make this painting work. The biggest challenge right now is to keep the colors darker so that the final sparkle of whites will stand out.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Check it out and let me know what you think.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I took one more trip out to the farm to get more pictures of puppies. What a great time that was! They are just so wonderful and playful. The only downside was the mosquitoes!!! I persevered though, we were all eaten alive but came home with some wonderful pictures.
Now, I have been working and I have several paintings on the go. I will post them when they pass that "ugly phase" that all paintings go through.
One thing that I have been working diligently on is my new website. It should be up and going in the next few weeks. It is going to be so much easier to navigate and have better graphics. I will be sure to post as soon as it is up.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
You can look at this two ways...we gave these two poor dogs a wonderful home and the best care. You can also say that we fed money into the monster of the pet store/puppy mill machine. Yes, we loved them dearly and gave them wonderful lives, but what of their mothers? A Corgi mother that churns out puppies for profit, never seeing the loving home her pups see?
I don't like to preach, but on this subject I must. We now own two wonderful, healthy corgis that I got from respectable, honest breeders and one shepherd mix rescue with a pacemaker that is our pride and joy.
I have to ask that if you are looking for a dog, please do not buy from a pet store...in fact, do not even patronize pet stores that sell puppies and kittens. Shelters put dog and cats to sleep at the rate of 15 to 40 a day. This includes purebreds and puppies. Talk to your local ASPCA or breed rescues if you are looking for a dog. If you do not find the breed you are looking for, find a local breeder where you can meet the parents, see the facility that the dogs are living in and research the bloodline. Most of you will research a car that you will drive for 3 to 5 years, why not do the same for a family pet that will be with you for 10+ years?
Please forgive my soapbox, but I am trying to pass on the knowledge I have gained from my own experience.
I would not give up the years that we shared with Charlie and Gretzky, but I also harbor guilt that we gave money into the puppy mill pocket. Next time you are at a pet store and you see that adorable puppy, know that when you walk away from that purchase, you are not abandoning that dog, but you are saying no to the vicious circle of the puppy mill. If we stop buying the puppies from these dealers, the pet stores will stop buying the puppies from the mills, thus breaking the cycle.
Thank you for letting me vent on this topic, it is near to my heart.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
And we have a new addition at the barn. This is Terri's new baby that came two weeks ago.
He is feeling a spring in his step like all of us! We have another Paint baby there and more on the way. Expect to see more pictures soon. Now get outside and kick up your heels!!!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The photo of the painting is one I took on the easel. I can not seem to get a good picture of my work, regardless of really good lights and a great camera...if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Now that is what I call a convenient snowstorm!!!