Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bearded Old Man

I thought this bearded man had such an interesting face that I just had to paint him. The reference photo was black and white which showed me all the values I needed to complete the portrait. It's a small 6x8 which I completed in a day.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Neck and Neck

This time I wanted to catch the look of the horses running straight at the viewer. I guess I just didn't want to deal with all those legs and hoofs with this painting but still wanted to create a lot of tension and action. A jockey has a lot of balancing to do to keep his weight over the saddle as the horse runs at breakneck speed down the track and this was the look I was striving for.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Down the Final Stretch

I love trying to capture the excitement of a horse race. Because the Del Mar horse racing season is under way right now there are many collectors who enjoy this subject matter too. I hope this one finds a a happy home.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Colt and Jack Russell

This is a little 6x8 inch painting of a colt and jack russell dog playing together in a pasture. They really seemed to have fun with each other and went on with their game for quite awhile.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Red Fox

I love the challenge of painting red hair so, in this case, I used a photo of a red fox as my model. They can be so camouflaged in their habitat that I tried to capture that too on a 6x8 inch canvas.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Shetland Mare and Colt

This 8x10 inch oil painting was almost completed at a function at the Rancho Santa Fe Inn on Sunday. A group of painters from our Art Guild worked on their art forms as music was playing on the lawn in front of the Inn. Guests would walk around our easels and watch and ask questions as we worked. We started at 4 and worked until 7 which was very tiring indeed. I think next time I would take a brake when the musicians took theirs.