Category Archives: equine

We’re Up Next

This painting was a treat to do! For one thing, it’s so great to paint large-scale after doing all the little “dailies” which are 5 X 7″.(This one is 30 X 20″ ). Another is that I really appreciate the bond between horse and rider, and I think that’s what was the driver for me to paint this at all. 
Thirdly, I enjoyed painting all the gear;  leather & silver, rawhide and horsehair, straw and denim.  Such rich textures with rich history. 
Not sure it’s finished. Should I lay in a big of sky behind?  Am sitting with it for now.

30″ X 20″ on 300lb Fabriano

We’re Up Next-beginning stages

This is a piece I’ve been working on all week.  It’s large…30″ X 20″ and it’s been a challenge to draw.  However, we’re off and running now!
This was from a photo I took at the Ranch Horse Competition this summer, and I loved the body language of both cowboy and horse.  Though they are still, you can feel the intensity of the horseman as they wait their turn.  The horse though, seems to be saying “We’ll be fine man; just chill!”
 Will post the finished product when it’s ready.

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Horses of the High Country

Good friends operate the trailriding in summer and sleigh rides in winter, at beautiful Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Their winter pasture is high up on the front range of the rockies just east of the park. I was lucky enough to visit there for the spring gather a few years ago; an unforgettable experience.  

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On the Bit

Here’s a larger project that I’ve been working on for most of the week, amongst other diversions. After a summer of fooling around, it’s time for me to get to work!
 This beautiful horse won the ranch horse competition in the Hat this summer and I wanted to paint him at work,  all geared up in silver spade bit, handbraided bosal and romel rein, and handmade horsehair mecate. 
The honouring of those traditional art forms is one of the side benefits  of modern horsemanship, and I for one, am very appreciative of all of it.

16 x 14″ on300lb Fabriano

Ponies @ Siksika

Often on my travels I like to cross the Blackfoot Reserve at Siksika.  The Bow River Valley is so pretty there, and there’s no interruption of the native landscape by crops or oil activity. Often there are bands of horses, which is a real bonus! For today’s painting I thought we needed some tipis as well.  

 
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Story Robe

Those who have been following have heard me going on about trying to be more abstract, and so here’s another direction that one could go with that.  Oh wait a minute….this isn’t my art at all! I “borrowed” it from a story robe in the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls. The robe was a gift to the explorers by the Indians of the region, and this is only a small sample of the many many painting on the robe. I love the gesture that is achieved with such elegant and simple lines.  To me, this looks like a chief (on horseback…note the headdress) meeting someone from another tribe and offering the pipe. The other person is disarming his bow. What d’you think?

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Paint 2

Having done my “painterly ” paint a couple of days ago, I tried to bring that to my usual, more representational style. That always “tightens” the results, but I think I did manage to let  the paint just do what it does without interfering too much.  I’d like to try it again, this time allowing for more pure colour to remain. 

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Paint!

Today I was cleaning out a closet in my office (you have NO idea!!) and I found some exercises from the workshop I did in Taos N. Mexico a few years ago with my friend John Farnsworth.  I found a page full of horses that I’d painted in the style I’ve been trying to achieve with my sunflowers lately!  So I did this paint horse today as an illustration of that! No drawing…just watercolour and a brush. No stopping; try and keep a continuous flow going! Lots of water and let the paint mix on the paper.  Oh what fun!  

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Matt & Shorty

This painting is of  Matt Robertson  at the Ranch Horse competition here in the Hat in July, while he and his catty little grey gelding were waiting for their turn to compete.
I like Matt’s face, the light as it emerges from the shade of that palm-leaf hat he’s wearing, and I like his relationship with his horse

 Not only is Matt a good horseman, who makes his living as a ranch cowboy, he’s a wonderful singer-songwriter. Check it out at his web-site www.mattrobertson.com. His newest album, “The Voice” is awesome. 

SOLD

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My Polly

Polly is in danger of being the most painted horse of the times, and here she is again…lookin’ good, for an old(er) girl!

  Beautiful, snake-savvy and smart, she knows my vehicle, her white blazed face following every move till I deliver the cookies, or mints or special senior horse feed (her winter treat). Or even just a good belly rub.  It’s been a great summer for the horses; lots of grass, beautiful calm sunny weather and best of all….very few bugs! 

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