There’s a pretty barn and ranch yard on the way to Elkwater, and I’ve stopped often to admire it, either with canola fields in bloom, with heavy rain clouds in the west, or like this day, with full-on winter. This was one of those days with ice crystals in the air and the weak winter sun attempting to do something about it Ah, winter. May as well like the weather you have, right?!
Today’s painting was another one born by struggle. None of the usual subject matter seemed to hit the spot today, and it’s an odd little dance I do while trying to birth an idea that seems in sync with the season and how I’m feeling about it. Somehow painting petunias just doesn’t cut it these days!
Eventually, this one came about….2 wise guys and a star.
When horses are allowed to live as they evolved to live….in herds, they move as if of one mind. Horses running in a herd are like a single entity that flows in harmony. Even as this happens though, it seems that no two are on stride with each other; every horse choosing his rhythm within the band. Such perfection needs no interference from us, and for me, I just want every opportunity to witness it.
5 X 7″ on 200lb paper SOLD
Today’s painting is a commission for a friend, so it’s larger, and the first landscape I’ve done in quite awhile. When I remember how I used to cry and tantrum while attempting to paint all the nuances of light on coulees, well, lets just say that I’m truly grateful that I can now approach it with a smidge of confidence. Having been raised with this very landscape I can truly say that I can feel it in my bones. It is such a joy, FINaLLY, to be able to paint it.