I collect horse show ribbons.
It has been decades since I have ridden competitively. When I was showing, it was piecemeal, just a local show once in a while. Because I’ve been photographing horse show shows since my college days in New York, my career as a photographer always took precedence over my “career” showing horses. Therefore, every ribbon I earned was a treasure to me.
In our collection we have ribbons from many shows, many years, from many countries. Since most of the ribbons that I garnered in the ring have long since faded: blue to lavender; kelly green to the color of hay, most of the ones that I paint are gifts or mementos from show organizers or sponsors. The ribbons in this painting were from Canada, where red is first place, and blue is second, the opposite of our American placings.
You can purchase this 8×10 oil on canvas called Three Ribbons by following this link.
Monday is often plein aire day. I belong to the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego (PAPASAN), and when I can, I join the group for a few hours of painting on location.
My kit consists of an Open Box M pochade box. It, and all my peripherals, fit into a large daypack, which means I can hike a ways to my location. I’ve tried all sorts of location set ups, but this one gives me the most portability while still being able to work on panels up to 12″x16″. The palette on this one is masonite, which has taken on a nice neutral sheen from months of work. I have to be more careful of cleaning this one immediately than I do my glass palette at home, because once the paint has dried onto this one… it’s on for good.
I’ve painted with this box all over California, in Bozeman, Missoula and Kalispell, MT, Glacier National Park, and at various horse shows: believe me, landscapes are easy once you’ve tried to paint horses from life, because usually the mountains don’t move!
The painting above is called “Waiting In the Shade” and it was painted from life at the showgrounds in Woodside, CA during their spring dressage show. You’ll see some of the scrumptious colors on my pochade box palette, too. 11×14, oil on linen panel, presently framed in a lovely 5″ black frame with antiqued gold liner, this painting is for sale at $575.00 plus taxes and shipping. Click here for a larger view.