In between photographing dressage and painting commissioned portraits, I’ve been working on a series of still life painting of bright, colorful horse show ribbons and shiny horsey things like bits and trophies. These paintings are all larger than life, hyper-realistic tromp l’oeil. This particular one is of lux ribbons won at a National Championship, complete with swanky fringe….. I placed them on polka dotted fabric just for fun! Scroll through the photos to see the intricate details.
Oil on canvas, 30″ x 30″
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In between paintings of horses, I enjoy painting still lifes. (Lifes? Lives? Neither seems ever seems correct.) Usually, my little stage settings include ribbons, bits, or some other shiny, colorful equine accoutrement.
On this particular day, instead of focusing on objects that were brightly colored, I selected white porcelain and allowed it to reflect the bright color of the background. I found this pattern on one of my forays to the fabric shop, and I had a great time painting the goofy flowers and the glow of red and yellow on the white china.
And I have long since accepted the fact that if I’m missing a pitcher or a bowl from the kitchen … I should look in the studio!
For more new paintings, check the Fresh On The Easel gallery.
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.