May 2015 be a parade of joy, delight, good friends and great images!
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!
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Power and balance
two beings crackle with light.
The ground vanishes.
From Brugge to Saumur, we routed to the west, through Rouen, rather than smack dab through the middle of Paris, which is the way Google Maps suggests. (Come on, Google, you’ve got Street View, you know what Paris traffic can be like!) The last third of the drive was in grey light and intermittent rain, and we had flashbacks of previous trips to Saumur that were rainy for the entire duration.
Our hotel, the Adagio, is right on the Loire, and our room has a view downriver, which I immediately capitalize on by doing an iPad sketch out the window. It is a tiny room, though, and I go on a hunt for a bit of space in which to do my yoga. After exercising my creaky French with the receptionist, I am shown to a small meeting room which I am welcome to use to exercise my creaky joints. It too has a view of the river, so this week I can do my asanas while watching the Loire roll by. I know, this is indeed a hardship!
The vet inspection for the CDI horses is held in one of the many indoor halls at the Ecole National d’Equitation. This one is constructed of laminated hardwood, in a bit of a freeform design… Easier to see it in a photo than to describe it. It’s chilly, and there are a lot of horses who are ad-libbing, including some very creative airs above the ground. We all then head to the Amphitheater for the draw. Part of this show is a CDIO, a team competition for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders, so the first order of business is the chefs d’equip’s draw for team positions. This being France, the team positions have been written on the backs of the labels of wine bottles. The chefs randomly select a bottle to find their team’s placement, then are delighted to find that the bottle is theirs to keep.
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!
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