Category Archives: bucking horses

Broncs, Dust & Light

Well this makes day 2 with no painting, and I’m going through withdrawal!! Tomorrow doesn’t look a whole lot better.  SUCH a busy week, and I have new plans to show my work at Calgary during the last week of Stampede, at the Hyatt Hotel downtown, so am scrambling to get my work ready for that.It’ll be fun and exciting. 
In honour of that, here’s a photo from a day at Stampede Ranch last fall, with  cowboy, Cole Neely.  

Portrait of Painted Smile

I’ve painted this famous mare before, and am always amused by her dozy and laid back demeanour…when she’s “off duty”.  Look out though when the chute gate is cracked and it’s time to buck.  Conniption doesn’t begin to describe it!  She’s getting old now though and will probably retire to a big pasture on the Milk River Ridge, so pay attention if you get to see her perform this summer.

SOLD

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Three’s a Crowd

Well I enjoyed every minute of painting this.  I like it SO much better without that garish neon-coloured felt pen!  And it’s a bit whimsical because of the magpie.  It  asks us to wonder what the magpie is going on about….like I think he likes the black horse’s tux and is maybe wanting the number of his tailor?   You can see that our poor sorrel is feeling excluded from the conversation.  There’s always a drama.

10 X 14″ on 140lb Lanaquarelle

Drawing

All I got done today is this drawing….you saw a crazy version of this a couple of weeks ago (“Three’s Company”) which I coloured with felt pens. I liked the composition and the idea of the magpie in there, but I wasn’t happy with the felt pen treatment. This time Ill be painting this in my usual fashion.  Can’t wait. Stay tuned. 
p.s. Is it just me, or are magpies not the coolest dudes?!

10 X 14″ on 140lb Lanaquarelle

Three’s Company

Here’s another attempt at non-representational work.  I did a nice pen & ink drawing here…very clean and nice & I was happy.  I SO wanted to paint it in watercolour, but instead I made myself use my Faber Castell coloured pens and colour them in non-horsie colours.  The result is funky and it still speaks of horses, but I’m not sure it’s a direction I want to go. Having worked out the composition, I may redo this  in watercolour.   What d’you think?  

 
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Relaxed & Alert 3

Well,  here’s the 3rd in this series…I tried to do the drawing without lifting my charcoal from the paper and with less attachment to results.  It still is representational though. And it still looks like my work. I’m not much of a success at this abstraction, but I do sort of like the loosey-goosiness of this.

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Relaxed & Alert

Trust horses to be capable of relaxation while staying alert!
This is #2 in a series of the same subject.  The first one was done in my usual manner with the usual result.  I then did this fairly quick pen & ink drawing of the same 3 horses, and slopped in the paint, trying to be spontaneous and quick.   I think I like it better than the first.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the 5 minute charcoal drawing with even sketchier painting methods.

53/4″ X 9″ on 90 lb paper

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Bald Face Bronc

I’ve recently been challenged to try and do some abstract pieces.  Turns out that’s a bit of a stretch for me. 
 One way to do that I thought,  is to zero in really close on a subject and the result would be an abstract. Apparently not.  So I’ll keep working on this and keep you posted.

14 X 10″ on 200lb paper

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Two for the Show

Today’s piece is another demo from the workshop on the weekend. Everybody knows that horses are my “deal”,  and I’m usually asked to show how I approach painting them in watercolour. Really though, subject matter doesn’t  matter; the principles are the same whether it’s landscapes, flowers or horses.  The important thing is that we feel connected to our subject. 

10 X 14″ on 200 lb paper

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Tyler @ the CS Ranch

Well, here it is so far.  I’m not sure that it’s done.  I may put a pale blue-mauve glaze over the background, to set it further back….Think I’ll put it away for a few days & then decide.   Maybe you have an opinion on that out there!?  Also unsure as to what the title is.  Usually that comes to me as I paint it, but…..not much has come this time.  So for now, this is it. Hope your weekend is as enjoyable as mine. 
Oh, and thank you ALL who visit my blog; today the number of you who have visited this blog reached 30,000.  To me, that is astounding.  I’m so grateful to you all for your interest and your support!

14 X 20″ om watercolour board