Wisdom–Day 24

February 26, 2015
7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Day 24 of the painting a day challenge.  Four more days of the project–whew!  It has been a hectic month and especially a hectic week this week, between my “day job”, class, and keeping up with this project.  Sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day and I begin to feel like I’m treading water and slowly sinking!  That’s when I have to take a moment, take a deep breath and say the serenity prayer to myself.  It’s great meditation, even if it’s just for a moment.

This subject is a barred owl that I happened upon on my way to work one morning, on, of all days, April Fool’s day!  I happened to be doing the photography project at the site http://www.365project.org  so, I did have my DSLR with me.  I quickly turned around, pulled over and set my camera settings to what I “thought” they needed to be because I knew, when I stopped, the owl would fly.  I figured I would have one shot at it.  Turns out, I was basically right.  I was able to snap 3 shots!  One of him perched on the fence post and two of him flying away.  I ended up being late for work but so, worth it!

Here’s the link for this painting on the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking!  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/wisdom/335995

Jake-Day 23

February 25, 2015
7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

I was having a bit of trouble deciding what to paint for day 23.  Sometimes the ideas are just there and then other times I have to have a “jumpstart”.  There are various ways I try to jumpstart the ideas; looking through reference material, flipping througha magazine or art book, taking a walk outside, etc.  This particular evening, I happened to be chatting back and forth with my daughter while I was sitting at my painting table, flipping through my reference photos.  I was telling her what I was doing and that I was having a bit of trouble deciding what to paint today….she came back with, “a horse!”….then almost immediately after, she came back with, “no, a turkey!”.  Um, OK…..a turkey seemed a bit random for her to come back with so, I questioned her about what made her think of a turkey.  She came back with, “I don’t know, I just always liked your small turkey paintings.”  So, there ya have it, today’s painting, a turkey value study.

I must say, it was fun painting feathers in this way and trying to get the value range right to give a feel of those dark feathers that really do have a lot of color depending on the light.  I already see some things I would do a bit differently but it was a great learning exercise, so, this subject may be worth exploring again in one of these little value studies.

Here’s the link for this painting on the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking.  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/jake/335994

Long Ears–Day 22

February 22, 2015

 

Day 22

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

I am finally caught up with my posts….for now.  The last week of my challenge started today….6 days to go.  I will say that there have been a couple of days that it was tough to get a painting done but I have thoroughly enjoyed the process.  Washing a canvas of a single color and then going back and “carving” out my subject, it’s almost magical–I know, sounds corny, but it was to me.  Sometimes I surprised myself as my subject just appeared with a couple of swipes of the brush.  Other times, I literally wiped the canvas off and started over more than once.  Being the stubborn mind that I am at times, I was determined to wipe the canvas off as many times as it took to get something I was sorta pleased with for the day.  I mean, if I have to paint and repaint multiple times, I am learning each time.  Whether it be drawing, getting values right, or just getting the composition right.  It’s all good!

Creativity itself doesn’t care at all about results – the only thing it craves is the process. Learn to love the process and let whatever happens next happen, without fussing too much about it. Work like a monk, or a mule, or some other representative metaphor for diligence. Love the work. Destiny will do what it wants with you, regardless. ~Elizabeth Gilbert, author “Eat, Pray, Love”  (one of my favorite books!)

Here’s the link to this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery.  Thanks for looking.  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/long-ears/335377

Bit of Bull–Day 21

February 22, 2015

 

7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.  ~Muir

One of the bull elk that we encountered during a raining hike in the Rockies.  We couldn’t hear much besides the rain but then we started hearing branches break and something coming through the brush, then, there it was, the unmistakeable squeal of the first a cow coming through.  It wasn’t long before we heard the scream of an elk bugle.  This elk and his small harem along with a few calves came through the brush and aspens, moving on to cross the small river (at home we would’ve called it a creek but anyway….) and then into one of the meadows to graze for the day.  So mesmerising to watch the cows watch the calves, squealing and whinning to them, making sure no one is left behind as well as ensuring the wrong calf doesn’t get too close to the wrong cow.  Some of these cows get a bit grumpy….hormonal even….ha ha.  The only thing the bull seems worried with is keeping other bulls at bay and making sure he keeps his cows.  It gets pretty entertaining to watch some of the younger cows decide to make a break for it and him stress out and take off through the brush to retrieve them.

Here’s the link to this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery. Thanks for looking. http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/bit-of-bull/335317

Saddle Up–Day 20

February 22, 2015
5"x7" oil on canvas panel

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

I’m not sure of the origin of this saying but I fell in love with it when I saw it awhile back on Pinterest.

While on this ride called life, you have to take the good with the bad, smile when you’re sad, love what you’ve got and remember what you’ve had, always forgive, never forget, learn from your mistakes, but never regret.  People change, things go wrong but just remember, the ride goes on.

Here’s the link to this painting on the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking.  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/saddle-up/335293

Mule Deer–Day 19

February 22, 2015
5"x7" oil on canvas panel

5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

Keep close to Nature’s heart….and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods.  Wash your spirit clean. ~John Muir

The subject of this painting was one of the many mule deer we encountered in the Rockies during one of our “break aways” to the mountains.  This doe was spotted on Deer Mountain, one of our favorite places to hike to see mule deer or black-tailed deer and elk.  This is also the first mountain I ever summited via a hike, around 6 miles round trip and tricky climb for some of us height challenged/short-legged hikers.

Be still and watch nature watch you–that’s the rule for viewing the deer on Deer Mountain.  We’ve had deer actually come to us to view us out of curiousity–pretty cool moments.

Here’s the link to this painting on the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking:  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/mule-deer/335266

Percheron-Day 18

February 19, 2015
7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

“Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse.”

 

Here is the link for this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking:  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/percheron-value-study/334690

Team of blondes–Day 17

February 17, 2015
5"x7" oil on canvas

5″x7″ oil on canvas

Day 17 of the painting a day challenge.

This is a team of Haflingers that I observed at one of the historic farming events I attend.  A beautiful little team with thick, fluffy, blonde manes.  They always reminded me of mini-Belgians, probably part of the reason I’ve been drawn to them.
A bit trivia about the Halflinger breed (info taken from Wikipedia)

The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese, is a breed of horse developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century. Haflinger horses are relatively small, are always chestnut in color.  The name “Haflinger” comes from the village of  Hafling, which today is in northern Italy.  The breed is also called the Avelignese, from the Italian word for Hafling, which is Avelengo or previously Aveligna.

Haflingers have many uses including light draft, harness work and various under saddle disciplines such as endurance riding, dressage, equestrian vaulting, and therapeutic riding.  They are also still used by the Austrian and German armies for work in rough terrain. The World Haflinger Federation (WHF), the international governing body that controls breed standards for the Haflinger, is made up of a confederation of 22 national registries, and helps set breeding objectives, guidelines and rules for its member organizations.

Interestingly enough, I read that a Haflinger was the first horse to be cloned.  In 2003, the cloning resulted in a filly named Prometea.

Here’s the link to this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery:  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/team-of-blondes-value-study/333848

Buffalo laying down-value study –Day 16

February 16, 2015
Day 16

5″x7″ oil on panel

I decided to play around with the face in shadow, which is normally the focus and put the “mound” of the animal’s body in the light.  I think it would be fun to paint this a bit bigger and with an abstract background, playing with the animal’s shadow and maybe using some bold colors.  What do you think?

Here’s the link for the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking.  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/buffalo-laying-down-study/333838

Pioneer–Day 15

February 15, 2015
Pioneer-value study

7″x5″ oil on panel

Day 15–I’m on the back half of the challenge.

“There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.” ~Charles Kettering.

Here’s the link to the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking:  http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/pioneer-value-study/333627


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