January/February Art Blog

Published January 25, 2011 in Art , Blog , Watercolor - 0Comments

Last month I began hanging 2 pictures at CHA per month. In the office this month is the new Assateague painting which now has a name. “Sunrise at Assateague” contrasts “Assateague’s Wild Trio.” In the Wild Trio you have a stormy sky, wild birds, and charging ponies. In contrast, “Sunrise at Assateague” has two ponies napping by the calm ocean at sunrise, one resting its head on the back of another. I worked from a photo taken on an afternoon at the northern end of the Island. The girls and I were camping there. One of my daughters commented that she liked having me at Assateague because we seem to be blessed with ponies when I am there. It was a great trip for taking photos. On that particular afternoon, a group of ponies hung out with us on the beach. There was a stallion intrigued with Kirstie napping on the beach. I watched him slowly approach and begin sniffing her feet. At that point I said calmly, “Kirstie, you need to get up but get up slowly.” I have a great photo of Kirstie and the stallion “smiling” at me. The photo for “Sunrise at Assateague” was taken down by the water. I added the sunrise. The original was done at a drawing class at FCC. It is a “19×25” pastel. It is still in my gallery in Libertytown. I have it available in matted and framed prints, giclees, and also in note cards.

In the library is the pastel, “Faithful Friend,” a German shepherd. I did that at a pet portrait workshop taught by Rebecca Pearl. I worked from Rebecca’s personal dog calendar. The original is framed in my gallery. The markings on that dog are beautiful to me. They remind me of a lion’s gold mane. One mistake I needed to correct on that picture was that I used a 4 rectangle graph to do the proportions but the proportions of the picture were different so it had a squatty looking face. Pastel is surprisingly forgiving. I watch Rebecca move two eyes on her demonstration. She also taught me to put chips of color in the eyes to make them look lively. I use “Faithful Friend” as a sample for pet portraits. It is popular as a matted and framed print and in cards.