Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tolt in Motion~4

More color added too the mane, tail and body of the Icelandic. Fine tuning to the legs and hooves.
Even more color to the mane and legs..some body color added.
Also working on the railing and trees a bit more.
Am trying to keep this painting more "loose" in style, than my Pen & Inks with Watercolor pencil washes.
Just a bit over half way done!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Oregon Coast & Ocean

Photos of the Oregon coast,,, it was not a good day to take photos. Heavy mist, heavy fog, made it interesting to take photos.
Here is a couple of caves in the side of a cliff.
Waves breaking over the rocks.
The Three hazards as I call them. One even looks like a Dolphin Fin.
Two Photos my DH husband took for me because I could not walk that far. Not bad!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cat in Pen & Ink~

This is another project I have started on, a Pen & Ink of my cat, Nari.

I made sure to put the reference photo I took of her, next to the pencil drawing. I always pencil in first to make sure my values are in proportion.
Also tried to make the penciling darker than I normally do, so it will be easier for you to see.

Here I am just starting on her eyes and the fur around them.
These are my favorite Pen and Ink tools. I am using my usual 140lb hot press watercolor paper in a 9" by 12" size this time. Pens I am using are the Copic Multiliner 0.03 and the Sakura Pigma micron .05. Also have my pencil and a high quality eraser to remove the pencil marks.
Bit more fur to the right side of her face and color to her nose.

Tolt in Motion~3

Here I am working on a bit more shading and the Mane & Tail.

Just starting on the fencing in the background.
Yet more coloring in of the Mane, tail and parts of the Icelandic's body. You can see that both the mane and tail are starting to look more full and lush.
More added to mane and tail, softening the back dirt area and starting on the grass base.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Taking advantage of photo opportunities around you

Best way to practice your photography is taking advantage of photo opportunities around you.
We had to go to town the other day and decided to take the camera along.
The day was half bright blue sky and half cloudy in places, which you can see in the photos.

Lost Art... a Weathervane..

Old Red Barn.... a dying breed.
Farmer saving his old brown barn by putting a foundation under it.
I lucked out on this one.. a new born baby Alpaca.
You never know what interesting things are around you, until you look!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tolt in Motion~2

Yet more ground cover, start of the horse's color in the first wash. Little more to the trees. This time I have decided to add a bit more detail to the trees but still keep them vague in the back ground.
More tree detail.
Again some more tree detail, bit more work on the ground and more washes on parts of the Icelandic.

Tolt in Motion~

I have started another painting, this time of an "Tolting Icelandic horse". This time I decided not to paint the rider. The size is 12" by 18" and am using "Aquarello Fabriano Artistico Bright White hot press Watercolor paper".

Here you see the photo I am working off of, another nice shot from Dawn Shaw at Lone Cedar Icelandic's. I penciled this one a bit darker so hopefully you can see the basic drawing. Take you time with this part.
The first washes of color.. the sky, ground and start of a tree.
This time I decided to add texture to the ground and I found the best way to do use a sea sponge.
Adding some more color to the ground and filling out the trees.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sunset captures~

I love taking photos of Sunsets and here on my NW Farm I am able to view, quite a few. Please enjoy!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cat Portraits ~

This is a portrait shot of my fixed Maine Coon cat, Nari who loves to have pictures taken of her. Photo taken with my Evolt 510 camera.

This is a portrait shot of my fixed 9 month old cat, Sadie. She has some of the most unusual eyes I have see,, like she can see into your soul. Can be really hard to get good pictures of her. Photo taken with my Evolt 510 camera.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Study of Synchronicity~ Finished

Here I have finished the riders pants, shoes and stirrups.

Fine tuning the shading and pushed back,,via a fog like mist, the Trees.

This is the Finished painting. I wanted to try a more loose style than I normally do. I will have this Watercolor in my online shops within a week.

Study of Synchronicity~ Continues

Have done more work on the saddle and the far boot of the rider. More colors on the Icelandic.
Working with the riders hair has become a challenge. Because her hair is so light, if I paint it just like the photo, no one could see it. So I have taken the liberty to darken it a bit. Also working more on her helmet and pants.

I have a name for my Extended Trot painting~

Thanks to "dreaminmini" of the LB miniature horse forum, I now have a name for the Icelandic horse watercolor I am working on.
" Study of Synchronicity"
I really apprecate everyone that sent Titles to me, they were all good, which made it very hard to choose!

New products at my Cafe Press Store~

I have a couple of new Icelandic Products at my Cafe Press store.
You can check them out here...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Extended Trot Icelandic~

Have started on the riders head and arms. Adding more color to the shirt, saddle and a bit more color to the horse.
Added gloves, more folds in the riders shirt and more shading.
Tip: I find it very helpful to make up a color board. This way you have a quick and easy way to see what the colors look like on the paper you are using.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Trotting Icelandic sequel~2

Here you can see the saddle color just starting to go on, more shading on the horse, the start of her shoe on the other side of the Icelandic. Also added flesh color base to her face and arm. Helmet harness color starting to go in and the horse's bit is almost completed.

Trotting Icelandic sequel~

Have added more color and shading to the Icelandic's body and hooves.

Here I have added to layers of color to the shirt and more detail to the bridle.
Adding a couple of layers of color to her pants and more detail to the horse's tail.
Shading started around her pant legs and saddle. More work done to the Icelandic's mane.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Trotting Icelandic continued~

Here you see more shading in the trees, mid ground, horse's tail and so on.
More shading in the body of the Icelandic and some helmet color.

More body color going on and started the darker shading around the Icelandic's face and upper neck. Is hard to see but some of the shading for her very blond hair is going in. Bridle is being worked on also.