If you’ve spent much time around horses, you’ll have noticed how sensitive and expressive their ears are. Capable of swivelling pretty much 360 degrees, and perking, flattening, flopping and pinning, they’re like barometers of these beautiful animal’s every thought and intention. Having said all of that, I don’t think we have any idea of the extent of the information horses receive and send via their exquisitely beautiful ears.
Here’s Blue Duck, one of the horses on my cousin’s ranch. Don’t you just love the blue and purple! Those colours are no exaggeration; he really is this colour….. a real pastel painted pony.
It’s that time of year; the crows seem to have moved on, the magpies never leave, and the Blue Jays are passing through (I don’t mean our local baseball team either). They hang around the bird feeder, shrieking at everyone else and gobbling up way more than their share. But they’re so colourful and comical, who would ever mind?
The weather has warmed up, so this pesky cat is in & out 14 times a day. If I ignore her, this is the sight at the kitchen window. Who can evade the intensity of that glare!?
I count my blessings though because it could be worse; my sister had a cat once who would jump straight up in the air and hit the doorbell when she wanted in. That was alright except that she mostly did it around 3 in the morning! At 3 a.m. this one is a snug in bed. Like I say, it could be worse.
Here’s this goofy cat, pretending she’s a valuable member of home security around here. Note the stalking lioness posture and the intensity of purpose. Funny thing is that once the temp goes below zero she seems to think she can conduct her surveillance from the comfort of the kitchen window.
More “Spirit Ponies” today, and this time in a sampler format….just for a change. Who knows where these guys come from or what I’ll wind up doing with them. They might make a nice children’s book some day. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy my little paintings from “the edge”.
This one is bigger than most of my dailies …41/2 X 14″ and thus the lowest bid is higher.
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Today I felt like playing. I wanted a herd of running painted ponies, so that’s what I made. Sometimes my pen & ink pieces have a cartoon-y look to them, especially if I draw them from my head instead of from a reference. I accentuated that with the funky pastel colours and splashy spots. Nothing like a play date for this artist to counter a cool, dull day.
It was a “dog day” today. Nothing but a dog would do. So I did another portrait of my good friend Stu. The day I met him, he was out & about with his person, Brenda, and there were no livestock around. We wanted him to do his border collie “thing” and look all intense. All he could think to do was look pretty. There was obviously no work to do! So this is Stu with no horses to supervise or cattle to herd…..having a day off.
Well, this is officially a “Series”. I just keep wanting to play with this landscape. Today I painted the hillside red, and then let it dry. I then went in with my magc frisket pen and drew into the landscape. Once that was dry I painted over it with the blues and greens, yellows & oranges. Once the resist was removed, there was this batik-like effect. I kinda like the results and I really loved the process.
The little landscape I did a couple of days ago for this blog has continued to haunt me. I kept thinking about it…the rhythm of the strips of yellow trees and undulating hills kept rolling through my head. I wanted to paint it again in a looser more impressionisitic way. So this time I didn’t do a drawing and I only allowed myself a flat brush, and I tried to do the minimum of layering. Turns out it looks pretty much like the first one! No matter what I do, I seem to do what I do!!