Posts Tagged ‘wild west’

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.


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:

Buffalo-Day 10

February 11, 2015

7″x5″ oil on canvas panel

I am playing “catch up” on my painting a day challenge and the blog posts to go with them.  That is why the last couple of posts just contained the new work along with a favorite quote or saying that I felt sort’ve pertained.  I had the paintings done but hadn’t photographed them yet, and hadn’t even thought about what “words of wisdom” I wanted to impart with them.  I mean, I always have words of wisdom to say, just ask my children.

I finished this painting late last night, partially because of procrastination and partially just lack of energy, lack of creativity, just lack………  After struggling with insomnia for the past couple of days and an all day stress headache that seemed to come and go as it pleased.  I was just not feeling up to par.  I really wasn’t feeling creative AT ALL, but…..I wanted to keep with painting daily and sharing my posts.  It keeps me accountable and keeps me engaged in this challenge I have set for myself.

As I was running out of daytime, I tried giving myself a little pep talk.  I was telling myself, “It’s just a little 5×7 value study.  You can drag yourself to your paint table and do this.  It really doesn’t take *that* long.”  Finally, in a last-ditch effort to get my body moving, I remembered the words of a very special “family” member, that sadly, left this world all too soon.  This lil guy was strong way beyond his 12 years and so, very, grown up.  So, I told myself, as he would say, “Suck it up buttercup”, and that’s what I did.  I got my butt off the couch, grabbed some water and Advil, and went to my paint table.  I sat there for a few minutes trying to decide what it was that I wanted to study, what peaked my interest today…..nothing…..  I don’t want to paint just for the motion….  But I continued on.  I started flipping through more of my reference photos, and I finally came across a photo I had taken on a trip to Lone Elk Park.  With that photo, there was a creative spark.  I continuted to study that photo and a couple others from that same trip and started remembering the day.  My daughter and I had stopped there on our way back from a doctor’s visit, deciding to check out the wildlife.  It was freezing cold that day and very windy, but, at least the sun was shining and we were spending the day together….so, it was all good.  We came upon the parks little herd of buffalo, sunning themselves and eating hay.  Since the park wasn’t too busy, we pulled off the road and just sat watching them.  We had a couple of good chuckles at my daughter’s musings about very random but oddly related observations.  At one point, I started to panic when one of the herd got up to stretch their legs and started to advance towards the car.  All I could picture was the State Farm commercial where the buffalo rams the car and rocks it back and forth.  Needless to say, I don’t think singing the jingle would do us any good.  Luckily, the critter decided to move on up the road and it was all good once again.

Funny, how, I went from not feeling creative, not wanting to paint, and having to give myself a pep talk to go downstairs to taking a trip down memory lane which then, not only put me in a better mood, but also spurred the creativity.  I’m sure the Advil and water was kicking in about then as well but still…..  This little painting practically painted itself.  I had so much fun playing with that hair and the texture.  I started to get energized again and was truly enjoying myself.  I forgot about the aches and pains.  Forgot about the fatigue, and just plain forgot about time.  Thanks for the words of wisdom K. and thanks for the reminder to “suck it up”.  They were very helpful last night and it turned out to be great therapy.

Here is the link to this painting in the Daily Paintworks Gallery, thanks for looking!

Gunslinger-Value Study–Day 1

February 1, 2015
Gunslinger--Value study

Gunslinger-value study
Painting A Day 2015

Link to this painting on my Daily Paintworks Gallery:

Feb 1–

Day one of my “painting a day” challenge.  I decided to do a value study today, painted using only two paint colors.  I put several of my old reference photos in an envelope and drew one out…..this is the result.  I decided to add a little twist to this project today by doing the value study since this project is meant to challenge me to not only paint more frequently but to practice and to work on areas that I feel I need improvement.  Value is one area I feel I need to work on.  Value can make or break a painting.  Value can give a painting dimension if done right, or flatten a painting if wrong.  I’ve heard several artists mention that you can get the color wrong but as long as you get the value and temperature right, the painting can still work.

At little about my subject for this painting:  This model was definitely born in the wrong century.  His knowledge of the time period and attention to clothing and prop detail was fantastic and definitely a learning experience for me.  I had the privilege of spending a day with him and a couple of his friends, along with a couple of my artist friends–setting up scenes and gathering reference material for future artwork.  What a day!   It turned out to be rather warm for the first week of May, and yes, I ended up a little sunburnt.  I took two of my horses along to use as props.  Murdoc…aka…Doc, wanted nothing to do with any of it and proceeded to make a real, um, horse’s arse of himself….he was not a fan of the white tent at the encampment.  The horseflies were insane that day, causing me to constantly re-apply spray to the horses…probably adding to Doc’s agitation.  My other horse, Austin, was happy as a peach because he was allowed to eat grass while waiting for his time to shine–sadly, it was a bit to “round” to fit the period calvary saddles…poor guy.  Needless to say, horses were a bit slimmer back then!  On the way home, I blew a tire out on the horse trailer, lucklily I was close to one of my bff’s house and her hub and his brother came to my rescue and got the tire changed for me.  By the time I got home that evening, I was completely worn out, but the material I gathered was priceless!