There is something about a team of Clydesdales pulling a carrage that is a thrilling event. You can hear their hoofs clopping on the street, signaling their approach, that draws your attention to look their way. These handsome horses are frequently seen in large teams pulling brightly colored beer wagons showing their flashing hoof-action and coordinated strides. The characteristics which distinguish the Clydesdale are its long, fine leg feather, smooth body and light coloring. It appears in bay, brown, chestnut and roan; the color is accentuated by splashes of white which appear particularly on the face and lower legs. The face is broad and straight, and the neck is long and arched. Clydesdales generally stand 16 to 17 hands, and weigh 1700 to 1900 pounds. Although not the largest draft horse, the Clydesdale rivals other breeds in its distinguished appearance and action which is combined with an excellent ability to haul heavy loads.
I've tried to capture this in my 8x10 inch oil on board painting.
The Clydesdale is a gentle giant, docile and reliable, with a strength and resistance that still don’t dethrone its beauty. Energetic and sociable, the Clydesdale needs however lots of encouragement to get things going.
The proud head and broad forehead give the Clydesdale a dignified look. The body is slightly short, but the legs are long. The most recognizable feature in the Clydesdale is probably his feathered legs that are a great protection from the harsh Scotland weather.
8x10 oil on board $175
The activity and bright colors at a fishing village are very inspiring to a painter. I used this reference photo in my studio to capture the activity and color of this fisherman repairing his bright yellow nets.
When I finished the Dalmatian I must have been in an animal mood so I decided to paint a Bulldog. No spots on this guy but lots of wrinkles and pigmentation under his chin. Again, I was pleased with how he turned out.
I have painted several fox hunting scenes but, as I line them up to analyze them, I noticed that all were painted in warm values. I wanted to challenge myself to see what it would be like to paint the scene in all cool values. It's pleasing. I like it. Tally Ho !
The Hunting Dogs categorised as Scent Hounds specialise in following the scent or the smell of its quarry. It was not necessary for Scent Hounds to be as fast and agile as Sighthounds - they do not need to keep their quarry in sight. Scent hounds as Hunting Dogs are built for endurance. They can follow a scent for long distances and even across running water. Scent Hounds have distinctive characteristics, features and traits which are perfect for their purpose as Hunting Dogs. They have large noses which have deep, open nostrils and their lips are loose and moist, designed to pick up scent particles and follow the trail of an animal. Their ears are long which concentrates the scent on the nose. Their bodies are designed for endurance, an essential asset when following any scent trail - a major asset for one of the Hunting Dogs.
The Whipper-in are the huntsman's right-hand man. Some hunts have more than one, they may be a professional or an amateur (not paid wages). Their job is to aid the huntsman, while hunting hounds, by keeping the pack together, collecting stray and straggling hounds, helping to sight the fox and keeping followers away from the hounds.
Few sports are as steeped in tradition as Fox Hunting. And few of Fox Hunting's traditions are as revered as the Blessing of the Hounds. According to lore, the Blessing of the Hounds dates back to the seventh or eighth century, when Saint Hubert [Hubert of Liege (656-727)] apparently a bit of a rascal, and devoted hunter, had a spiritual awakening on the morning of a hunt. As a result of this experience, he dedicated his life to God and the Church and the Blessing of the Hounds became part of the tradition of the Hunt.
This is a painting I did on a new support for me. It's called: Ampersand Gessobord (3/4 Inch Deep Cradle). It's a 6x6 inch wooden hardwood box that has gesso on the front surface that is the support for the art work. I bought it out of curosity from a near by art store and selected a small image to paint on it. I like it and would buy another one. The unique part, is that the 3/4 inch sides enable the painting to be free standing if you choose to do so.
I love painting horses, dogs and people so here is the ideal subject for me. I tried to capture the action and the excitement of everyone envolved. The Master of the hounds leads the fox hunters with the dogs running back and forth trying to get the scent of a fox. There is something about the bright red jackets that makes for a colorful painting.
With its short thick head, long ears, thin limbs, small narrow hooves, and short mane, a mule makes a wonderful subject to paint on a small canvas. This little guy has his pack saddle on but is taking a break before he is loaded up with his pack bags filled with the load he will carry. An aficionado of the mule claims that they are "more patient, sure-footed, hardy and long-lived than horses, and they are considered less obstinate, faster, and more intelligent than donkeys."