Monday, December 15, 2014
My calendars are now available through Calendars.com. Follow the link below if you want to get yours. They sell out every year so hurry!
I have been negligent in my postings on this blog and my website. A New Year's resolution is to keep up more. In a Facebook and twitter world, I have been using them more as of late. I guess because the response is more immediate than any other media. But, not everyone has fallen into the Facebook black hole as deeply as some of us, so I will try to keep up.
This is my latest, What Was Once Lost, oil on board. A quick note about the making of this painting. As an artist, we all use more than one photo for a painting. This is a perfect example. The background is from my old home in Minnesota after a heavy snow, the cowboy is from a picture that I took in August 2009 in South Dakota. Finally, the calf was from a photo I took from the side of the road while I was in Utah looking for petroglyphs.
As you can see, it took a lot of sketching, adjusting, pushing values and adding snow. It was a time consuming, but well worth the time and effort.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
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Monday, May 19, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
We were on the lookout for a horse for my husband John. His trail horse developed RA and just could not do the trails anymore. We received an email from Ann Garcia about an andalusian that was up for adoption. Joyce, his owner, was not able to ride as much as she would like and was looking for a home for him where he would be ridden more. She loved him dearly enough to let him come to our house and be our dream horse. He was too. Rio was one of those horses that is once in a lifetime. A dream to ride, silly enough to make us laugh, and so beautiful that words could not describe him.
He did come with advanced melanoma, a condition that plagues most white horses especially Andalusians. We had some removed, and the rest was chance. We knew when we brought him home we could have 6 days or 6 years with him. Yesterday, as a result of internal tumors that we suspected were there but did not know for sure, he colicked. It caused an inoperable tear in the colon and he was bleeding internally. We made the terrible decision to put him down.
Words can not describe the sorrow we feel. He was only in our life for 6 months but made an impact that will last a lifetime. His previous owner had him for years, and her pain at his loss is immeasurable.
Hug your loved ones, and never take one day for granted. God knows that when we went out to feed yesterday, we did not know what was in store for the day. As we dressed to go out we talked about where we were going to go this weekend for our trail ride.
Good bye sweet Rio.
Thank you Joyce for giving us this joyful spirit, and your photographs of him.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I had no idea that one of the top Arabian Horse ranches was right around the corner from me. I was invited to come visit this morning and it turned out to be one of the best "baby" shoots I have ever had!!! Thank you Tony for thinking of me and showing me this amazing place!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Well, we went and did it again. A neighbor had a litter of corgis and my husband and I firmly said that we were not interested. We have two now and a Bernese Mountain Dog. Well the gentleman dropped her off and asked me to watch her while he ran some errands and I was a goner.
This is Isabeau, our new corgi...owned by two suckers. Or better yet, we are owned by her!
She is 12 weeks old and one of the most precocious dogs I have ever had. This is going to be an interesting experience.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Hello everyone! The town of Ramona is hosting it's annual Open Studio Art Tour this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm and I am pleased to have my home studio included in the tour. I would love to see you if you have time to drop by and say hello. There will be a drawing for a limited edition signed print for you to take home. It is going to be a beautiful weekend!
Have a wonderful week and I hope you can make it.
Wildlife and Western Artist
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I was missing the birds from my old house in Minnesota yesterday. These are photos of two of them. I have been messing with this painting for a while, pulled it out and finished it yesterday. I glanced out my window and there were two goldfinches on my feeder hanging outside my studio.
Talk about karma.
Gold and White, Oil on board, 8x10
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I don't like to get too personal on my blog, but this is important.
A few weeks ago my heart started beating very fast and did not slow down. I was rushed to the ER and carted back into rhythm. They kept me for observation for four days and I had every scan, xray, MRI, shot, needles...you name it.
I was sent home to wait and see what the cause was and the outcome. I did a stress test and wore a heart monitor over the weekend.
To make a long story short, I am just fine. No heart damage, no lasting problem, just a congenital issue that has stayed hidden until that day. It was truly a blessing in disguise. As it turns out, I had a vitamin deficiency that unchecked could have been a real problem, but my heart was smart enough to get me into the hospital to have it discovered and fixed.
I am fine, my heart is fine, my levels are normal, and I am back to painting and being stubborn.
That is all I have to say about that.
Monday, January 06, 2014
God knows I have not learned how to really relax lately. With Christmas, New Years, deadlines, commitments, ranch duties, I never sit still from waking to bedtime. We decided to saddle up and go to the local trails and spend the afternoon with our boys. It was a gorgeous 78 degree day and the horses were raring to go. We have not gone on trail for almost two months so goodness knows we were sore for a few days. Our new horse, Rio, an Andalusian, proved on his first trail ride with us to be the perfect gentleman and a lot of fun to ride. We made the commitment to ride every weekend weather permitting, for us and for them and all of our mental health.
I bought a new saddle that should arrive any day now and maybe my tushie will thank me.
Cadillac takes a snooze after a busy day.