Tuesday, January 31, 2012

#28 Lucky

This painting was done 100% with a knife.  I just bought 3 news ones Sunday that I am satisfied with.  The photo of  the horse and rider are a reference from Debbie Simmons files. (with permission)  The background is imaginary.  Her photo was in a rodeo setting.  I wanted to simplify it and concentrate on the horse.  I think she looks big for that horse.  I may have to scrap and revisit.
On a side note, 28 is my lucky number!

Monday, January 30, 2012

#27/ part of a Master painting

I believe this is a James Reynolds painting.  I saw it in a museum last week and snapped this photo.  I love the loose brush work and the way the light is on only a portion of the horse and Indians.  I may try the whole thing later.
On another note, it looks like March 19 will be 100 days.  I am behind!

#26 A copy from a Master

The original painting was done by Tom Ryan in 1969.  The proper title is "Sharing an Apple'.  I assume Tom in still alive.  He and my mother share the year 1922 for a birthday.  I found this painting in the book" History o Western American Art".  I feel it was a great painting to study for todays #26.   

Saturday, January 28, 2012

You can see my photo reference in this shot.  I changed it up a little, removing that rodeo wave and adding a hat.  I also changed the background to soften the effects.  HOPe you like it!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


This horse was number 16, but I somehow managed to label two horses 16.  So this beauty is now 20!  I am working on another today.  Posting later.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

#19 and the flu

This is the largest horse so far.  12 x 12".  I have been battling a flu bug for 6 days, and yes I am counting them!  But, when I paint, my mind forgets about having a temperature, sore throat, cough....

Saturday, January 21, 2012

#18 A study from a photo of Debbie Simmons Leonard

Those front legs were difficult.  This young lady makes riding a horse look so easy!  And FUN!

cows this morning, horses later.

This was the original painting I did at Debbie's a few weeks ago.  I have been kind of excited about nocturnal paintings, so I decided to paint over this or a nocturnal view of the scene.  It was so grey that day, it's hard to remember color.  I am thinking of making the ground area even darker blue.

#18 A study from a Remington nocturnal painting

This is a section of a Remington painting I wanted to experiment with nocturnal scenes.  Looks pretty lonely.  I decided I may have to buy a tube of turquoise.  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


#16  I have decided horses are darn hard to paint!  But by the time I achieve 50 they will surely be better!  After 100 I am certain I will have my confidence.  This is a copy of an artists painting.  I scan the web in the evening for the next victim.  I would rather paint from a photo.  I think it's real easy to screw up the horses anatomy, and I would rather trust a photo.  And yes I realize if the picture isn't taken properly it too will be incorrect.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

#14 started yesterday evening.

This is a painting I started last Sat. at Debbie's.  It's on the back burner.  I should have stopped an hour before I realized I have ruined it.  Muddy.  Very muddy.
I painted most of this with a small knife.

This will be #14.  I need to turn the head more to the left, thin the cowboy down, shorten the horse's head.  You get the picture.  Lots to do on this one before I start adding color.  I rarely draw on my canvas with a pencil or charcoal.  I like to start with paint.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

# 12, 13: Summer and More

detail #12

'Summer' #12
This painting is from the photo you see on the left.  A friend took this photo of her niece, Summer, riding this beautiful horse.  Fortunate for me, my friend gave me permission to paint from her wonderful photographs.  

I took the photo for the prickly pear cactus this summer.  I have reworked the painting today and I am starting to like it.


It has been a quiet day around the house.  I don't know how my dog Jill puts up with Woody sitting on her.  The window sill is chilly and I have pillows for them to be able to comfortably look out the window.  But Woody prefers to sit on a warm body.  She is totally ignoring him.  

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I made a slight adjustment on the back of her tshirt at the waist, pulling it down.  I also added a dark value  in the front of her jeans,  just below her waist.  Better.
This is the first try.  Note how thick she looks?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

today is #10

After looking at this painting below with fresh eyes, I see there is some problems with the girls right leg.  It would not be visible.  I actually don't have the horse slanted enough, etc. etc.  So to 'help' I took the leg out. I also slimmed her body down, as per Derald's suggestion.   I may have to paint this one again.
To save money I painted this on canvas paper.  I hate the stuff, but it's cheap.  I may just gesso raw canvas or masonite board.  This canvas paper is slick and nasty.

Color chart via Jeff

Jeff from MVIP suggested painting a color chart using complimentary colors then a line of tints under it.  Thanks Jeff for the challenge.  One can always practice mixing color!

Horse #9

The middle painting is #8.  This is the same person from the painting on the right!  Same dog, Badger.

Monday, January 2, 2012

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