Posts Tagged ‘western’

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.


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.

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.

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Valentine–Day 14

February 14, 2015
Day 14

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel


“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.    Love never ends.”  1 Corinthians 13:4


Happy Valentine’s Day.

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February 13, 2015
7"x5" oil on canvas

7″x5″ oil on canvas

My 100th blog post!!  Wow….and on Friday 13th no less!  That has to mean something, right??

I’m almost 1/2 way through my painting a day challenge for the month of February 2015.  It doesn’t seem like a lot when you take it day by day but when I look at all of my little paintings laying out on the table, it’s pretty satisfying.  I did those.  I can see room for improvement but I can also see improvement.  I can also see which paintings I was “feeling” and which were a bit more “forced”.  It’s all a process.

And with that….I’m going to end this post with one of my favorite quotes by the Duke….. “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway!”

Until tomorrow…….

Thanks for following along.

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Filling the Canteen–Day 7

February 11, 2015
Filling the canteen

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

Water is the driving force of all nature.–Da Vinci

This painting is just a little study/play in me contemplating a larger painting.  Again with the hunter/trapper with the coyote fur hat–fascinated by this model’s clothing-definitely will be seeing more of him in my work!  I thought it would be a cool idea to do another larger painting of him doing something that we would consider so mundane or something we just do out of habit-fill a water bottle.  In today’s world, it’s something we just do….without really thinking about it but to him was very essential.  He couldn’t just stop off on the way and pop into a convenience store or walk up to a vending machine and grab a bottle of water.

I thought I would take an opportunity during my “painting a day” exercise and do a “sketch” if you will to see if the idea would merit a larger painting.  I think I’m still interested in the subject enough that I may do a couple more studies and possibly change-up backdrops to ultimately decide on the larger painting.  Stay tuned!

Her is the link for my Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking!

The hunter/trapper hat—value study-Day 6

February 6, 2015
oil on panel value study

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

Day 6 of the painting a day project for the month of February. Here’s one of the models from the photo shoot last May, dressed as a hunter/trapper, with a fur hat. I was really drawn to that hat! I believe it was made of coyote fur. It looked so soft and furry and had the subtle color variations that a coyote’s fur has—all the golden tones, rusty reds, and dark browns. A coyote really is a pretty animal if you look at their fur and color patterns. They really are camouflaged very well for hunting in the tall grasses of the plains. This hunter/trapper was clothed in his successes; deerskin leather jacket and pants, leather boots, fur hat with feather trim, leather gun straps and case, and antler and bone buttons and fasteners. I’m guessing, back then, you could tell how successful a hunter/trapper was by the way he dressed…..literally!

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Plainsman-value study–Day 5

February 5, 2015


7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

Plainsman-value study

Day 5—Painting a day challenge for February

Here is the link to the painting in Daily Paintworks Gallery:–value-study/330572

Continuing with the value studies theme, here is another one of Bob, the same guy from day 1. He too, has such a great look and I have so much reference material to work from. Again, I could probably do a whole month of paintings of him as well.

With today’s painting, I thought it would be fun to share a bit of trivia about plainsmen and the old west way of life. I’ve been reading a little book that surprisingly enough, I found at a local resale shop—it’s been quite a little “treasure” and proved to be more than worth the $1 I paid for it!

Barbed wire, a fencing material made of twisted wire with spaced coiled barbs, turned the open plains of the West into enclosed pastures and forever changed the society and economy of the region. It was the invention of Illinois farmer Joseph Farwell Glidden who received his patent in November 24, 1874. Ranchers could now isolate their cattle and control breeding.

On the vast prairie where firewood was often scarce, cowchips were regularly used for fires. Camp cooks relied on them, as when they were dry, they made a hot fire. Of course the burning chips gave off an unsavory smell, but, thankfully, it did not affect the food. One old range cook who used his hat for a bellows claimed that in one season he “wore out three good hats trying to get the damned things to burn.”

On the cattle drives, when the chuck wagon cook was finished with his work for the day and before hitting the sack, he would always place the tongue of the chuck wagon facing north. When the trail master started in the morning he would look at the tongue and then know what direction he would be moving the herd.



Ace–Day 4

February 4, 2015
7"x5" oil on canvas panel

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel


Ace-value study

Day 4—Painting a day challenge for February

Here is the link to the painting in Daily Paintworks Gallery:–value-study/330498

Continuing with the value studies theme, I decided to get back into my equine subjects. Meet Ace—this guy is quite a personality. A bit ball of muscle and energy wrapped in horse hide. This guy LOVES to run and LOVES to play. He can be just wired one minute and then nonchalantly grazing without a care in the world. He is one of the nosiest, or should I say, most curious horses in our little herd. The problem is, he also seems to be the most accident prone….not always a good combo. There isn’t a whole lot that seems to rattle this guy; gunshots, farm equipment, ATVs, you name it. Ace takes it all in stride, unless he wants it to rattle him. By that, I mean, he took a page from Murdock’s playbook and sometimes uses something odd as an excuse to spook, just because he wants to take a moment to get loose and get squirrely. Did I mention, he also likes to strut his stuff once in a while and show off a bit?

Along with a bit about Ace, I thought it would be fun to post an “in the process” photo. With these value studies, I’m taking a bit of a different approach. Most of my paintings start out with a line drawing, however, with these little studies, I’m starting out with a wet, burnt sienna washed canvas and then proceeding to “carve out” my subject. This process is proving to be A LOT of fun and really refreshing my creativity. I’ve done this process a few times before when doing Plein air studies but, I tended to favor the “line drawing” approach more. That may not be the case any longer after this month!


7"x5" value study in process

7″x5″ value study in process

Frontiersman-value study-Day 3

February 3, 2015
Frontiersman painting

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

Here’s the link to my painting in the Daily Paintworks gallery:–value-study/330410

Frontiersman-value study

Day 3—Painting a day challenge for February

Continuing with the value studies theme, I decided to do another one from my historic photo shoot last May. This guy was a friend/co-worker of the man that helped organize the shoot (and the “Gunslinger” from Day 1’s painting). This guy had such a great “look”. I could probably do the whole month of studies /paintings of just him using the reference material I gathered that day. This western sort of material really lends itself to sepia toned values studies.