Posts Tagged ‘harness’

Painting a day 2016-Day 23-Blinded eye-draft horse study

April 2, 2016
Blinded eye-draft horse study 5"x7" oil on canvas panel

Blinded eye-draft horse study
                  5″x7″ oil on canvas panel

“To be an artist is to believe in life”
-Henry Moore

I have found, while plein air painting, that one of the biggest challenges is to focus on your subject and try to only include it and supporting detail.  As a beginner, you see it all so you want to put it all in your painting.  Squint your eyes…that is what most instructors will remind you.  That does help….if I remember to do it.  Maybe I need to remind myself to look at the subject with “blinders”.  Blinders are meant to keep a horse focused on the road ahead and looking forward….kinda like plein air painting before the light changes.

Here’s another in my series of draft horses.  This guy had one blue eye and one brown eye….those blue eyes in horses are eerily beautiful.  This painting is based on some photo reference I took at my uncle’s farm while he and my cousin were tetting (fluffing) hay so that it dries quicker, with a team of horses.  I believe this big guy’s name was “Bud” and he was part Clydesdale–beautiful horse.

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/blinded-eye-draft-horse-study/470008

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Painting a day 2016-Day22-Plow horse

March 30, 2016
Plow horse-study 7"x5"

             Plow horse-study
                         7″x5″

This guy is one half of a big, Belgian team of horses that  I “met” at a historic horse, mule, and oxen farming days.  Such big, beautiful animals that seem to look graceful even when pulling a plow.

Every time I see a team of Belgians, I think of my grandpa “ship” and the summers he kept a team and let me “help” with a few of the chores involving the horses.  I was fascinated by those big, beautiful, blonde horses with the huge hooves.  I remember watching him harness, hitch, and drive them as if he’d been doing it all his life…..oh wait, …..he had.  What I wouldn’t give to have had a few more years with him to learn to drive a team like he did.

http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/plow-horse-study/469081

Belgian–Day12

February 13, 2015
Day 12

7″x5″ oil on canvas

Any time I see this breed of horse, I instantly think of my grandpa “ship” and it makes me smile.  I used to be so fascinated by these beautiful blonde, “gentle giants” and how grandpa handled them and worked them.  He used to keep a pair during the summer and of course, I would invite myself along when he would go out to feed, water, or work them.  One of the benefits of growing up next door.  Well, benefit to me….he may not have always seen it that way.  I’m sure there were times when I was more in the way than “help” but, he never turned me away.

I thought I was really big stuff when I got to lead one of them all by myself or help put the harness on.  I loved to watch him throw the lines over his shoulder, after they were all harnessed up and take off driving them and then back them up to the wagon or buggy that he was going to hitch to.  I can remember watching him drive them in the parades, at farming demonstrations, and in a horse show.  He seemed do it all with such ease, it was obvious he grew up doing this.  I’m sure these horses were associated with a lot of hard work back in his early years but I’d also like to think they were associated with some fond memories for him as well.

Here is the link for this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking! http://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/veronica-brown/belgian/333050

Feb. 22, 2012 “Lost in Thought”

February 25, 2012
Day 22

Lost in Thought

Day 22

 

“Lost in Thought”

 

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?”   ~Winnie the Pooh

 

Lost in thought–how many times a day do you find yourself doing that?  I’ve had times when I’m so lost in thought that it seems like nothing else is going on around me.  I find that those times happen more often when I’m working through some new, creative idea or process, or working through a particular problem.  Other times, I’m so lost in thought….about nothing at all….I was conscious(at least I think I was) but couldn’t tell you what it was that I was thinking about.  Maybe those are the times Winnie the Pooh is referring to….my brain has forgotten to start again.  Then there are days when I can’t seem to lose myself in thought—even for just a few minutes.  It is on those days, I feel like my mind is operated by a TV remote that happens to be in my hub’s hand while every channel he tunes to, has a commercial on it.  I can’t seem to focus on any one particular thought.  Is that a result of the times we live in?  A mental deficiency (and no, my hub is not allowed to answer that question)?  Or is it that my brain is short circuiting or misfiring?  I wonder if Winnie the Pooh has ever had that problem???