I was painting at Newmarket Farm in Del Mar on Monday with PAPASAN, my plein air group. It’s a hunter-jumper barn, and Monday is their day off, so it was incredibly quiet. Rather than the usual morning activity of horses being groomed, worked, walked and turned out, horses were dozing in their stalls after the weekend’s show. Not wanting to disturb snoozing ponies, I considered painting a landscape of eucalyptus and ice plant at the back of the property, but then I heard the ring of hammer on anvil, which could only mean one thing: the farrier had arrived!
I went over to where he had a horse on the outdoor cross ties, ascertained that he had three more to shoe, which mean that I had plenty of time, and trotted off to get my paint box. I did two small paintings before he packed up and headed to his next barn…. here’s one of them!
“Shoeing the Grey Pony” oil painting on panel, 6″ x 6″
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Just Grab Mane
My painting, “Just Grab Mane” was accepted into the 2009 American Academy of Equine Arts show at the Museum of the Horse in Lexington, KY.
Over 600 entries were received, and only 80 display spaces available, so I am honored and thrilled to be included in the show! You’ll find the complete show roster at the AAEA website. The show runs through November, so stop in to the museum when you’re at the Kentucky Horse Park.
The oil painting is 24″x30″ on Senso Linen (it’s clear-primed, which means that the rich color of the raw linen shows through the transparent gesso) and it’s part of a series of “water lesson” paintings that I’ve been working on. This was inspired by all those ponies who taught us how to ride: this one knows more than his rider about how to deal with jumping into water. He has the situation completely under control, so he’s told his kid, “just grab mane and I’ll take care of everything else.”