Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Plowing the Field

What I liked about this painting was the high contrast of field and sky. I also wanted to get a feeling that these huge and powerful animals were working hard as a team with the farmer.
8x10 oil on canvas board

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Working Team

Here is a farmer that is clearing his land the old fashioned way, with a team of draft horses.
8x10 inch oil on canvas board


The Californian coastline is beautiful and here is an attempt to capture it's beauty on canvas board.
8x10 Oil

Monday, June 18, 2012

Clydesdale Team

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.
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

House Painter

I wanted this painting to be a study in grays so I only put in a bit of color in the end to add some interest.
6x8 oil on canvas board $150

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Icecream Cone

As summer is underway, more and more of us are enjoying the treat of an icecream cone. Here is one satisfied customer enjoying his cone.

6x8 oil on canvas board $100
I had this cute reference photo that inspired me to paint this. It's of a very small child with very big ambitions.

6x8 oil on canvas board $100

Pulling a Parade Wagon

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mending the Nets

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.

6x8 oil on canvas board



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.

6x8 oil on canvas board $100


I had a friend who wanted a painting of a dalmation so I jumped at the chance. I've painted that breed before and doing another one was great fun. I think he turned out very handsome.

6x8 oil on canvas board SOLD

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fox Hunting

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 !

6x8 oil on canvas board $100

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fox Hunt Dogs at Work

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.

6x8 oil on canvas board. $100

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Start of the Hunt

This is the part of fox hunting that catches my artist eye. The gorgeous horses, the eager and very active dogs and the handsome and traditional outfits of the hunters.

6x8 oil on canvas $100

The Whipper-in

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.

6x8 oil on canvas board $100

The Blessing of 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.

8x10 oil on canvas board $175

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hay Stack

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.

Fox Hunters

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.

8x10 oil on canvas board $175

War Horse

I recently saw the movie War Horse and wanted to do a portarit of the horse from the movie so here is a portrait of two of stars of the film, young Albert and his beloved Joey

6x8 oil on canvas board $100

Pack Mule

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."

6x8 oil on canvas board $100