Monday, January 24, 2011
Hand molded horse head from when I was in the sixth grade. The art instructor caused the flattening of the ears (I was upset). This is probably the oldest piece of my artwork that I have with the possible exception of my hand print done in kindergarten, a project of the teacher's with little input from me other than loan of my hand.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The one and only oil painting teacher I ever had was a woman named Bright Schaeffer of Clinton County, Indiana. She taught me for a few months when I was in the 9th grade in about 1958. The two paintings are done in her style. She was very patient, but I'm sure had given me up for a hopeless case when I used dark and bright, heavy color instead of her ethereal, gentle look.
The painting was done to honor a filly who lived mostly in a field next to our house outside of Lubbock, Texas. The barbed wire fence in foreground was supposed to be a subtle indicator of what happened to the wild mustangs of the western U.S. with the advent of the pioneers.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Years later I did achieve the dust storm look on canvas. It was incredibly dull and boring, so I painted it over with something else, no doubt.
I didn't like anything about the process, the copying of someone else's art, the laborious application of transparency over transparency; however I did like the knowledge gained about this kind of painting. I will leave the great masters to it; it isn't for me.
Unfinished. The color of the headcloth is teal in the original.
Friday, January 14, 2011
A first attempt at using pastels on art paper. I've never been trained in this medium, so had no idea what I was doing, but I quickly sketched this out and liked it immediately. Done in 1988.
Done in Conte crayon on poster board in about 1970. Inspired by watching my son playing while sitting on the floor looking down at his toys.
My favorite subjects for painting have always been horses and the southwest desert landscape.
This is oil paint applied with brush.