Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

Posted on Jun 6, 2012

Stars, Stripes, & Cowboys Forever

The rodeo arena was decorated with several huge American flags, which dwarfed the cowboys sitting below them. With all those stripes, I thought it would be a good piece for Carol Marine’s Stripe Challenge over on Daily Paintworks. I’m enjoying painting on these cheerful yellow backgrounds. In this case, my reference photo was taken near sunset, so the yellow gave it a warm glow.     Available –...

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Blind Side

Posted on Apr 16, 2012

Blind Side

He’s not really blind, just blinded by blinders. Trainers put all sorts of interesting contraptions on these harness race horses so they won’t get distracted by things – real or imagined – during a race. Some setups look like they were cobbled together with baling wire. This one is posted in the Daily Paintworks Up Close Animal Challenge created by artist Taryn Day Available on...

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18

Posted on Jan 22, 2012

18

The Superbowl has come to Indianapolis, and to commemorate it, I present my first football painting, ever! I’ve always longed to paint the game, but the NFL is extremely protective of their rights (as they should be), so that’s a line I’ve never crossed.  I’m able to take my camera into games, so I have hundreds of tempting references I can’t use. If you’re an artist, you know how frustrating that can be. Finally, this week, I decided...

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Flare

Posted on Sep 13, 2011

Flare

This is a harness racing horse I saw at the State Fair a couple of years ago. It’s painted in M. Graham gouache. I love gouache!  The matte surface is so velvety. I’d use it more often, if it didn’t require framing under glass. Available on Artfire

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Climber Boy

Posted on May 15, 2011

Climber Boy

Earlier I painted a girl climbing the rock wall at the State Fair.  Here’s her male counterpart. I like how boldly he attacked the wall.

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Pacer

Posted on Apr 22, 2011

Pacer

Watching harness racing at the state fair is like stepping back in time one hundred years.  Makes me feel like I should be wearing a long dress and corset and singing Camptown Races. The Indiana Pacers basketball team is named after these horses. In the early days of the team, they played in the arena at the fairgrounds, right next to the harness track. Available on...

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