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Painting a day 2016-Day 19-Austin Study #2

March 25, 2016
Austin Study #2

Austin Study #2 7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

“No Heaven can be, if my horse is not there to welcome me.” ~Anonymous

The second in my study of morning light and high contrast on my horses.  I have loved this reference material ever since I saw it on the digital display on my camera.  The photo itself was focused on his withers so, his face was soft and out of focus but I knew that some day it could make a cool painting.  Here is a “trial run” to see if I was right…..  Someday, I will definitely paint this one a bit bigger.  This is Austin-he was a big, lovable, furball who sometimes acted more like a dog than a horse.




Painting a day 2016-Day 16-Cold Breakfast

March 20, 2016

Cold Breakfast – 5″x7″ oil on panel


Cold breakfast.  We were driving to the trailhead we’d planned to start our morning hike from in search of wildlife, and as we drove past the aptly named, Deer Mountain, we saw this guy and a few of his bachelor friends.  The early morning saw some very wet snow fall that clung to all of the sage and scrub brush.  This guy and his friends were picking through and eating some of the scrub.  It was a beautiful, back lit, happenstance photo op-I love it when a things just fall into place.  They didn’t seem to mind us watching and snapping pics.  Once again, it proved to be a great morning to be outdoors!

Painting a day 2016-Day 15-Morning light mulie

March 20, 2016

Morning Light – 5″x7″

“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien


This was one of those “right place, right time” photo ops.  We were out hiking and happened to see some mule deer moving through a small stand of pines.  The morning light was beautiful and we took a calculated guess as to where they’d come out of the pines and into a beautifully lit meadow before moving into another stand of pines and undergrowth.  We set crouched down behind a couple of boulders and steadied my camera against a pine and waited.  They finally meandered to the opening-looked around and stepped into the light.  We guessed right and had setup in a great spot!  The light was amazing!

I definitely did not do the light and “purple-ish” shadows justice but it was fun to play with this as my subject.  I’m sure I’ll be doing more “playing” with this color palette and that reference material.

Painting a day 2016-Day 14-Mom & Me

March 19, 2016


Here is a cow and calf to accompany the bull in the aspens.  They were part of a fairly large herd that was giving that bull a run for his money, trying to keep them all together.  I was fun to watch and to just sit and listen to the little “whines” and squeals from the cows calling to their calves and vice versa.  All of this was viewed with the backdrop of a beautiful aspen grove and cool, rainy, mountain air.  As one of my uncles used to say, “It doesn’t get any better than this boys.”

Painting a day 2016-Day 10

March 13, 2016

Those Ears-7″x5″ study

Those ears….  “What’s the matter with his ears?…..I don’t see nothin wrong with them, I think they’re cute”. ~Disney’s Dumbo


Here is the mini, concept painting based on the value study from Day 8.  I plan to eventually do a larger, studio painting of this little one with the large ears and her momma.  Stay tuned.

Painting a day 2016-Day 8-All Ears-value study

March 12, 2016
Day 8-painting a day 2016

All Ears-value study

We’ve been very blessed to see a lot of mule deer on our camping trips in the Rockies.  We’ve had them browsing the foliage while we picnicked close by, we’ve had them run through our camp over night-literally jumping over the tent tie-downs, and even awoke to the sounds of them chewing just outside our tent as they had a midnight meal on the grasses nearby (see my “adventures” section for that story).

Needless to say, I have quite a bit of “mulie” reference material, so, I thought I’d take a brief break from the elk studies and throw in a couple value studies and mini paintings from my “mulie files”.

Those ears….  “What’s the matter with his ears?…..I don’t see nothin wrong with them, I think they’re cute”. ~Disney’s Dumbo

Nature Photography by Veronica

May 21, 2012

Photography– Yep…..another passion of mine.  I enjoy outdoor photography and my favorite subject matter tends to fall in one of the following categories; wildlife, western, equine, rural life, rustic, nature, and landscape ….it all gets my creative juices flowing!  There’s just something about getting outside and finding that perfect subject matter and then trying to get the perfect light and perspective—I love it!  One of my favorite quotes; “The secret of great photography is to create great moments from common things.” ~Marty Stouffer.  This quote pretty much sums up my photographic goals.  I want to get people to stop and look at the subject in a different way or to find beauty in the ordinary, to look at something that they may not have the opportunity to get out and see for themselves, study it, and appreciate it’s beauty.  Nature is truly God’s artwork!

I got into photography more as a necessity than a passion at first.  I started oil painting a few years back and found that I was in love!  The more I painted, the more I found the need to capture my own reference material.   I had a good friend who lent me her SLR film camera…..and from that moment I was in love!  I saved for and eventually purchased my first film SLR prior to our first trip to the mountains.  I shot 35 rolls of film and had to develop them over the course of a month or so because I couldn’t afford the processing!  I was amazed at some of the shots as I picked up the packets of photos from the local developer however, I soon realized that I was shooting duplicate shots in the hopes of getting just one I could use….overkill…..all because I lacked knowledge and experience.  Some of the shots weren’t great at all but in spite of that, they still got the creativity flowing and had me dreaming of new paintings that needed to be created.  The passion had been ignited.  The more I painted and used various shots as reference, the more I was striving to get more detail in my shots or to try to capture the lighting correctly so that when I was able to start painting, I had notes…..things to refresh my memory and help my eyes to re-see those moments.

As I developed my photographic skills and moved up in equipment chain, I found that I enjoyed the whole process almost as much as I enjoyed painting.  Learning what it takes to produce a great photo, the hunt for the subject matter, getting the settings correct, getting the sharpness….it was all a thrill to me with a way to see quicker results vs. painting.  It is a way for me to refuel creatively.  Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE to paint, photography is just another medium from which to express and share.  So, in the effort of sharing, I’ve created a new site for some of my photographs.  I hope you’ll take the time to take a look and if you feel like it, possibly let me know what you think.  Enjoy!