6:48 PM PST, 3/22/2009
The ultimate high-stepping, extream-action equine machine, the Hackney Horse is one of the oldest breeds. Developed in England hundreds of years ago as a durable, versatile and elegant coach and riding horse, the Hackney has influenced many of the modern American breeds of horses such as the standardbreds, morgans, american saddle horses and many more. Once a very popular and widespread breed, today the Hackney Horse is quite rare and considered an endagered breed.
In these close-up images, the woodgrain (vertical lining) of the birch panel shows very clearly, however, it is not this apparent in the physical painting. I sand the panels very smooth before I gesso them, and, they are also sanded again before they are ready to paint on, so, in fact these panels have very smooth surfaces except for the texture of the applied oil paint. The woodgrain is still visible and adds a subtle quality to the finished artwork, however, for some reason, the scanner and the camara always seem to emphasis the woodgrain, so, I just want you to know it is much more subtle than these photos show.
3:26 PM PST, 3/22/2009
This is my second painting of a dog from the WetCanvas art forums 'Dog Breed Project', a cute red and white Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I composed this picture from several images provided by Cathy Sheeter for use in the project. This is a 4x6 inch oil painting on multimedia art board.
6:46 PM PST, 3/14/2009
This is a new art card of a lovely tranquil country scene. I photograped this barn near where I live here in north Texas and added the grazing appaloosa. I really like the way the barn was nestled among the big oaks and how the bright field beyond showed through the shady spot around the barn.
"Appy & Barn" 2.5"x3.5" oil