Big Time Lead Line, Oil on Canvas 18"x24"
I know I’ve been quiet here in blog-land. That’s because it’s hard to type when you’re wearing nitrile gloves that are covered in paint.
Really. Since the cancellation of the Spain trip, I’ve been painting, and painting, and painting some more. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the works in my Fresh On The Easel gallery!
This one is called Big Time Lead Line. When Axel and I were in New Zealand a few years ago, we went to the Horse Of The Year show. I found myself in a place where leadline classes were Serious Business, where all the kids were mounted on perfect little ponies that could have sprung from Barbie’s Dream Barn, and all the mum’s wore outfits that color coordinated with what their Little Lead Liner was wearing. Oh, and the hats. And ooooh, the browbands, as exquisite as red-carpet jewelry.
This painting is about the moment before entering the ring, making sure every detail is correct. I’ve been asked about the lack of garters on our little rider’s jodphurs: garters, apparently, are not a requirement, either written or unwritten, in New Zealand.
February Clouds To the West 6x8
Although it’s nothing like winter in other parts of the country, San Diego has been getting its version of winter storms this week.
I’m not into the ice thing. After living in New York for 38 years, I know how to shovel snow and drive on slippery roads…. I just choose not to anymore.
But I do love it when weather arrives in southern California. Aside from the fact that we really, really need the rain right now, I enjoy the aesthetics of storm light and the billowing clouds that we only see this time of year.
The past few days, I’ve been working on very small canvasses, 5×7, 6×6 and 6×8. Working this small, I can sketch with paint as fast as the light changes. Exchanging brushes for palette knives allows me to apply paint with swift strokes, so I’ve been playing with the textures and stroke shapes that different knives produce. This adds visual interest as the paint takes on a dimensional, sculptural quality.
Oh, and in case you were wondering how I manage to paint in the rain without the paints sliding off the canvas, fear not: all the paintings you see here were done from the comfort of my studio balcony.
And these little paintings have teensy price tags, too: $100.00 each!
Click here for the entire gallery of paintings.
February Sunset, San Marcos 6x8
Schooling At Sunrise
This week I’m on my way to the Centerline Events Dressage show at the HITS showgrounds in Saugerties, NY, where I am the show photographer. Debra and Steve Reinhardt and their top-notch crew always run a fabulous show, and I look forward to this one each year.
The cover of the Centerline Events show program features my artwork, and this year the image is called Schooling At Sunrise. It’s an oil painting, 24″x30″, and it is this week’s Painting Of The Week. It shows one of my favorite moments, early in the morning, when the show ground is already a beehive of activity, just before the competition begins for the day. This striking image would be a great addition to your collection of dressage art. Remember, the Painting Of The Week includes free shipping within the US!
This year I’ll be joined at HITS by my old friend Susan Sexton. Susan is living in the “Santa Fe of Mexico”, San Miguel de Allende, which has been described as “one of the hippest, busiest, most charming towns in Mexico.” She hasn’t been photographing any shows in the States lately – I’m looking forward to seeing her as much as you all are!
Stop by my stand to sign up for photos, or just to say hello! You can download your sign up sheet here, but please remember to fill it out and bring it with you to the show so I can put you on my photo schedule!
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.