I’m about bowled over today at 16 knots. The clouds are scuttling across the bright sky and my umbrella wants to fly away. What can I say - enjoying every minute? Getting used to these new paints and how quickly they dry in the wind.
It’s always wonderful to get back to some plein air painting. I love when people walking by stop and comment while giving encouragement. The Gulf of Mexico was wild today, with 3 - 4’ waves and lots of surfers in wet suits (it’s got to be cold) trying out their boards. I loved this jetty jutting out into the ocean, and the way the waves angled off of it. This is a WIP/Work In Progress, but it’s getting there.
12X12” on archival canvas and board.
Been painting up a storm over the last three weeks - all outside, plein air. Trying some new paints, a mix of oils and Open Acrylics, so I’m getting there and beginning to understand the opacity and drying times. I stood next to the Bridge Tender Bar where 60’s Jimmy Buffet music played and the local guys kept asking me if I was painting them. A good day. 12X12” on archival board.
Recently finished this piece looking down towards Asheville from the eastern mountains. A stunning evening as the lights popped out. 12X16’ on Canson canvas board.
I wish I knew enough about palms to guess how old these two are. They’ve (obviously) bent in the wind and are guarding the inlet into Sarasota Bay. The Bay, I recently learned, is only about four feet deep and full of grasslands and wildlife.
There is something about these two palms that I find irresistible. The day was warm, about 75, and as I painted many encouraging and kind people stopped by to watch. Makes me think there is hope for humanity! While I was there a fisherman caught a Man ‘O Ray in his net, which he returned to the sea. I love the contrast between the decaying manmade cement wall and all of the ocean’s organics.
A year of joyful art making, experimentation and an exciting new direction. Thank you to the supporters, collectors, encouragers and laugh-makers who inspired me along the way! Happy Holidays and a 2019 with less drama and more truth-telling.
There’s something strangely satisfying about starting a painting with a graduated tint. This is going to be the Blue Ridge Mountains as night descends on Asheville. It’s 12X16” on Canson board.
To me, a lifelong lover of animals and horses, there is nothing more glorious then a horse freely moving the way nature meant them to move. Just pull over the next time you pass by a pasture and watch them for a while. That's how I saw this brilliant young stallion, playing next to a field of mares, elevating himself almost above the ground, with joy.
As lippizan horses age, they often become white and their natural movements are channeled in classical riding schools into astounding movements and performances. But me, I like them free. Although I do like riding the movements, when my poor foot doesn't have to have surgery (in the spring).
Mixed media, 12X16" on Canson canvas board, unframed.
I am so grateful to the collector of this work from my Manifesto Series, entitled “"Manifesto 5.0: The Gulf, Sarasota" which is going to a new home in California. To view additional original art, please visit:
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Happy Holidays to all.
It's that time of year when I can't ride. Aside from the cold and snow, I have to have foot surgery so riding is out of the question. I was one of those kids who loved horses from the moment I could breath.
So if I can't ride right now, I'm going to paint them. I've spent a lot of time at Temple Farms in Wadsworth, IL. When Lippizans were almost wiped out in World War II, a herd was moved to the U.S. and this is where they now live, reproduce and perform. The riders are fantastic, the horses breathtaking in their airs-above-the-ground. This is a portrait from a Sunday performance.
Thank you to the collector of this piece, painted live along Skyline Drive in the Piedmont Area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Shenandoah National Park. Made me feel like an angel as the warm summer breezes overcame my easel and me. I loved the patterns; the repetition of shapes and most of all, the color of these mountains. See the sheep cloud to the upper right? My eye finally found him after I thought I was done, but he's welcome to stay.
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Original 12X12” acrylic on stretched canvas. For sale, make an offer! This is a lippizan stallion performing at Temple Farms in Wadsworth, Il. It is a work in hand dressage movement training the horse to use it’s hindquarters.
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“Thomas Jefferson's White Oak Tree On The Way To James Madison's For Afternoon Tea” sold to a collector, with much appreciation from the artist! This gorgeous white tulip tree is just west of Rt. 29 in Charlottesville, VA. It’s a stunning, old beauty that I well imagined Jefferson admiring on the way to Madison’s estate back in the day. The original is 12X24”, oil on gessoboard. For additional prints:
This very special art was created to hang in the office of a therapist who works with women who have eating disorders. The concept of self-love looms large, and the gold and copper swirls in the hair are a Celtic symbol that represents the strength of women. Acrylic on archival panel, with copper, gold and silver.
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Thank you to the collector who recently purchased all three, walk, trot and canter!
Very grateful for the collector of this piece, which is a pour/liquid acrylic with copper and gold. Please visit my “Available” works for additional items:
I’m missing summer right now - it’s about 20 degrees out, with a big wind - and this is one of my favorite summer places. Idyllic, yes, but puts a brain in a good place.
Thank you to the collector who just purchased a large scale print!
For a limited time only, a once a year SALE is on for award winning equestrian prints. This series is beautiful, accurate and perfect for the animal lover.