Sunday, July 5, 2009


Here I am with my favorite Friesian, Thor. I have done 2 paintings of him now (more to come), Splash Dance and Shadow Play.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Magic, Haflinger Stallion photo

Hallie and I went to my cousins tonight for the 4th of July, took a ton of photos of her horses (Friesian, Haflinger, Tennessee Walker, Arab, Warmblood, and thoroughbred). Here is one of Magic, her Haflinger stallion.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Andalusian Stallion 6

It's been a long and winding road with this guy but I think he's about done. There are things I would have liked to have gone a little differently with him but I am happy with the overall "experiment" aspect of it. It was fun to try something a little out of the ordinary.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Andalusian Stallion 5

I've been getting some good advice on the mane, for some tweaking that would improve it. So will be reworking it some. Here is a bit of an update though, I had planned to put mane on the near side covering his neck also but realized that would be "mane overkill". So I am going to give him a bare neck this side and just some mane falling over up near his ears. The added whispy hairs on the lit up mane here are just quick photoshopped suggestions I haven't repainted it yet. I have started working in the shoulder area more also. Still a lot to go on the forelock.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Andalusian Stallion 4

I am really having fun with this. I don't know that it will be exactly "correct" in the end but it's really fun being able to play and experiment and try some new things to see how they work out. Painting "outside the box" a bit. The bright mane is a little scary right now but I have more to do to it and by the time the other rim highlights are put in on top of him I'm hoping it will all balance out.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Little Chickadee

Just finished this little guy tonight he'll be part of a bigger design by a very talented artist. He has a bit of Disney to him to help him look cheery. Now back to the I can get back to the dachshunds...:)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Andalusian Stallion 3

Not much time to work on him today but here is the update. Mainly have been going over (and over and over...)his head. Still more to go on the head though. I'm anxious to get to the mane!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Andalusian Stallion 2

Not a big change but a couple hours more of refining his face and starting on an ear...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Andalusian Stallion

I don't like working on more than one painting at a time but I had to start this horse so I would have an entry at the Emerald Downs show this year. I have gotten more done on Duggie the Doxie but haven't scanned it yet.

This is Hostal, a friend of mine's Andalusian Stallion who passed away a couple of years ago. He was amazing...and very much missed. This was from my last photo shoot with him. I wanted to have him back lit to give him a glow that he seemed to radiate on his own. He had a big presence about him. This is acrylic on gessoboard, 11 x 14 and all underpainting so far so a bit in the messy stage.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Dave and Dee no peeking!

I've been working on the three dachshund portrait. I am posting it here at a risk because I'm not sure if their human parents peek in or not! And I always like to wait until a painting is done to show it to the owners. But I wanted to show this at an ugly stage, with just underpainting going on, when it is at this point there are many hours ahead of blocking and layering, it will get more fun once it gets to the top layers and the details start to happen. I always like to finish the eyes first (the funnest part) so I have something to keep me going thru the tedious parts!

This handsome doxie is Duggie, a wonderful silver dapple with great ears that stick out a bit like the flying nun! I am really enjoying painting these 3 boys! As you can see from the first post of this, we have changed the background color from dark green to these tan tones.

Acrylic on gessobord, 16 x 20.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Along the Rim - Red Fox

Just finished this little guy, he's only 4" x 6", acrylic on fabriano hot press paper.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Terry Isaac Workshop - Tiger wip

Here is my tiger as of the end of the 4 day workshop. Still have quite a bit to finish with him. But it was an awesome workshop and as always I learned a lot from Terry.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hallie at Terry Isaac's workshop.

Here is Hallie working hard at Terry's workshop.

Terry Isaac Workshop

Today is day 3 out of 4 of the Terry Isaac workshop. I love Terry's workshops, he is an excellent teacher (and of course amazing artist). I always learn a ton. We are working on an acrylic painting of a tiger head. The days have flown by so far I'll hate to see it end, but looking forward to tomorrow.

Hallie of course is accompanying me and scoring treats off of some of the other students. She's been a very good girl as always. Here is a picture of Terry holding her.

If any artists reading this get the chance to go to a Terry Isaac workshop, please do, you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rusty, chocolate lab commission

I have finished "Rusty", a beautiful chocolate lab that was commissioned as a surprise birthday gift. I really enjoyed painting him, he has amazing eyes and as you can see he is crazy about his ball. This is acrylic on masonite, 18 x 24.