Here’s a pair of new paintings from my Ribbons and Rosettes series: two Champion ribbons floating through after-sunset sky.
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This is another of my Ribbons and Rosettes series of paintings.
One afternoon I was walking through the stable area at the end of a show, and as always I was taken with the vibrant visual of the rows of colorful ribbons strung up outside tack stalls. When the wind riffled them, they reminded me of the images I’ve seen of Tibetian prayer flags strung across Himalayan mountain passes. I went home and recreated the scene outside my studio in order to paint it.
Never one to turn down a good excuse to spend an evening Googling a worthy subject, I decided that I needed to know more about prayer flags. One of the things I discovered in my research is that each real prayer flag has an image of a horse on it. He is Lung-Ta, or Wind Horse, and his job is to carry the prayers to the universe for fulfillment. I love these sort of synchronicities, so … see if you can find the Wind Horse in the painting!
It’s been a busy summer here at Casa Miller-Steiner. A little travel, and lots of work in the studio, both in front of the computer and in front of the easel. The other day I was outside working on another of my Ribbon & Rosette series of paintings. Tinto, who cannot understand the fuss about moving boxes, camera, ribbons, objects and paints around the backyard in search of the perfect afternoon light, finally came over to demand an explanation about why there was a pile ‘o ribbons on the stairs … or maybe he was just ready for his close up. So here he is, my studio assistant, the Most Photographed Terrier in San Diego, in all his Golden Hour glory!
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.