Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Out of the Box

20 X 24 Oil on Canvas
I painted this 3 times and have wiped it off each time. The assignment for first Wednesday Daily Painter's Challenge was to paint something "out of the box". Well, after I have shown this one, I will definitely throw it into the box!
Don't ask about buying it. It will be gone tomorrow!!!! :-) But I have fulfilled my assignment....
2 Chronicles 23:18
Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the LORD in the hands of the priests, who were Levites, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the LORD as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Easy Through the Bluebonnets

5 X 7 Oil on Canvas Board $115
This painting was donated to benefit victims of crime in Erath County Texas

My talented friend, Trista, has again told me about someone who might be interested in Easy for an English riding prospect. I have always thought that this horse should be used like that, but I have made no real effort to pursue finding a rider/home for him. I SO enjoy watching him run and using him as a model. This young lady, however, wants to lease him as a "trial", and I am considering the proposition. I'm afraid she'll like him so much, though, that she'll actually purchase him. What to do, what to do. I don't mind lending him out to responsible people - it might actually be GOOD for him. I would still have PJ and Dandy for my eyes to enjoy. And I have drawn and painted him so much, that I can almost "do" him with my eyes closed.
When I turned him and Dandy loose into the south pasture Friday, they ran and ran the length of the field - at "cruise speed". Both of them seem to just barely move their feet and skim the surface of the earth to move at breakneck speed. If I was Hindu, I think coming back as a horse would almost be a step up - especially if I came back as a horse cared for my someone like me. And I would surely love the ability to run SOOOO fast!
2 Peter 3:12
as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Gift

8 X 6 Oil on gessoed masonite
SOLD to a collector in California
Spring is TRYING to come to my little part of Texas. We had another inch of rain last week, but last night I had to cover the tomato plants due to the threat of frost. I moved Easy and Dandy to a smaller pasture and locked up PJ for her annual weight loss program. PJ doesn't lift her head from grazing, and that's OK in the winter, but on Spring grass she gets really fat and has a tendency to founder. So she gets locked up in the round pen this time of year and goes on a strictly hay diet. She hates it, but it's for her own good. Every time I walk out the back door, though, I hear her whinny to me as if to say "I'm starving! Feed me more!" I can't remember the last time I saw her ribs, so she gets no sympathy from me!
As of yesterday, Ron still had three calves with 2 more cows due. Since the horses are moved, he should be letting them onto our pasture soon. I always look forward to watching them out my studio window and painting them as well.
Ezekiel 34:20
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Waiting on Mother Nature

9 X 12 Oil on Canvas Board Contact Artist for Availability
Three of Ron's 5 cows have calved now - this one is still a hold out, I think. She's still patiently waiting her turn to give birth. I love her markings, and standing with the morning sun beside her, she did present a pretty picture. And the painting looks wonderful in this frame, don't you think?
So far the herd has given birth to 3 red and white freckled heifers. I tried yesterday to get a photo of all three together. That was like herding chickens, plus I didn't dare get too close because one of the cows is a first-timer and she definitely didn't look real happy about me approaching her calf. Thank goodness for long distance lenses and strong barbed wire fences.
Psalm 34:18
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Monday, March 23, 2009


16 X 20 Oil on gallery wrap canvas with painted sides
$300 includes shipping and insurance
I hope John Niero forgives me. This is my weak attempt to paint in his wonderfully colorful, vivid style.
I first painted this calf a couple years ago and never liked the results. Usually I get Mike to remove the staples and I then stash the flat canvas in a dark closet for the rest of my life and restretch a fresh canvas on the stretcher bars. But I had read an article recently about reworking disliked paintings in a totally different style. I saw some of John Niero's work in Western Art Collector Magazine, and it inspired me to paint over this painting in a totally different style. I've already got several others that I am going to work on in a similar fashion. Who knows - this just may be the start of something new!
2 Peter 1:19
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Water Cow

6 X 8 Oil on gessoed masonite $115
Includes shipping and insurance
I know some of ya'll get impatient and/or worried when I don't post regularly, but believe me, I am OK - just painting on some larger canvases and working in the yard and vegetable garden.
This morning as the sun was rising, I noticed Ron's cows next door getting up, stretching and getting ready to feed their calves (there's 2 new ones). I threw on a sweater and jogged across our front pasture over to the gate that separates us. I climbed the back side of Ron's pond to approach the cows on the other side and you might have thought the cows saw an alien. When they spotted me, they took off running for the far side of their pasture, and it took a good 20 minutes for them to realize it was only me and to settle down. I took photos for another 40 minutes and my patience was well rewarded.
I got some great photos of cows reflected in water, cows and calves crossing water, cows backlit by morning sun, etc.
Ron has five cows - three are speckled Longhorns and 2 are black, hornless (muley) cows. This little heifer calf belongs to one of the black cows, and Ron hasn't had his hands on her yet to find out if she has horns. You can't see them at this age, but you could feel them if you could touch her head - something I wouldn't recommend right now unless a good, strong fence separates you from her momma when you perform that test! A sweet cow can turn into a demon in a second if she thinks her calf is threatened. I know from experience.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Drinkin' Buddy

8 X 6 Oil on gessoed Masonite $115
Includes shipping and insurance
Sometimes the best path to satisfaction is a long drink of water. Have you ever watched a horse drink - especially from the ground and not a raised trough? You can almost follow the swallow up that long neck and over the edge of the neck into the belly. And there is something so satisfying about those long long, guzzling gulps. I also don't think horses drink until they are REALLY thirsty. I rarely see one just take a sip and leave the tank. They either spend a long time drinking or they don't drink at all. Hmmmm - this is something that just occurred to me, and I'm certain their is a sermon in there somewhere.
Matthew 25:35
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Climb To The Top

This cow was climbing to the top of a ridge to see the cows on the other side. Sometimes the view is better, but not always. Often it's best to stay on the side of the hill and be a little protected.

My friend, Debra, took me around in her Gator yesterday to get morning pictures of live oaks and her neighbor's longhorns. Thanks, Deb! Deb lives about 7 miles from me - and she's a CLOSE neighbor! Here in this part of Texas, I consider anyone that lives within 15 miles of me my neighbor. And in actuality, some are even farther than that. I know a number of people that live in the city that don't even know who is in the house 30 feet from them.

This painting will be for sale through this blog until it goes to a gallery.

Galatians 5:14
The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."

Media: oil
Size: 5 in X 7 in (12.7 cm X 17.8 cm)
Price: $115 includes shipping and insurance

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Framed Paintings

I swore I wasn't going to buy anymore frames, but I couldn't resist these (and some bigger ones, too). I am still working on gallery paintings and needed a couple impressive larger frames, but I couldn't resist a few smaller ones, too. It really is amazing what a good frame does for a painting.
The two darker frames (8 x 10) are $30 and the larger 9 X 12 is $56. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's American made, real heavy, all wood, and carefully constructed. And the longhorn painting looks stunning in it. I may have to spring for a couple more larger ones...
Psalm 139:15
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

Friday, March 13, 2009

It's All About the Horns

This big ole longhorn steer belongs to a neighbor across the highway. I don't know if he's competed in any shows, but I suspect he has won his share of ribbons. His horns appear to be award winners.

I e-mailed my friend, Debra, and asked her if she knew he name of her neighbor's big ole black and white steer. This is how she responded:

Well you are going to absolutely crack up!!! Lonnie & Kit started their herd with 4 young steers. They let
each of their (then) 4 grandchildren name them. There is Rusty - red spotted Res.Gr.Champion.
There is Bronco - pretty sure he's the buckskin with blended black shoulders and head.
Then one small grand daughter named the little solid white cute one Snowball. He is now VERY BIG with
lonnnnng sharp horns with black tips and is pretty mean. Course with a name like that I would be, too.
The last grand daughter could not talk at the time of the naming because she was a baby, so they
just called him Baby Steer until she was old enough to decide. Well, she liked the name. So go ahead
put that moniker on that big ol' beautiful black & white longhorn. Tell the whole world just who Baby Steer
is. "Baby Steer" it is!

It has been raining for 2 days in my part of Texas and I have been in and out of it all afternoon without complaint. Despite the fact that it's 40 degrees, I have smiled during every wet minute! The bluebonnets always bloom around my birthday - end of March - but it was beginning to look a little "iffy" as to whether or not we would get a show this year. The seeds germinate late summer, and we did have a nice rain in August that got them up. But all winter the little bluebonnet plantlets have remained small and pathetic, waiting for moisture that failed to come. BUT we have nearly 3 inches in the rain gauge now, and I had to search for my mud boots before I could go feed the horses. (Mike graciously loaned me his.)

I may paint this again with bluebonnets.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
Media: oil on canvas panel
Size: 9 in X 12 in (22.9 cm X 30.5 cm)
Price: $150 includes shipping and insurance in US

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Downhill Cattle Drive

A hot summer day, heading downhill toward another pasture with, hopefully, greener grass. You may draw a parallel with today's economic situation. We must descend to the valley before we climb the mountain.

I painted this from a photo taken by fellow artist Doug Prine. Doug is very generous not only with his talent and teaching, but also with the hundreds of photos he takes. I don't normally paint from photos taken by other artists, but this one was impossible to resist. I am going to paint it again much larger, and probably place the cowboy coming up over the edge of a ridge with a touch of sky visible.

Last week I spent about 30 minutes at the end of friend, Debra's, driveway taking several hundred photos of her neighbor's longhorns. I am particularly fond of their champion steer, Rusty. There were also a number of cows with their younguns and several other steers. I am so fortunate to live in an area with uncountable critter models! I really don't need to travel far from home.

Matthew 20:15
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?

Media: oil on canvas board
Size: 9 in X 9 in (22.9 cm X 22.9 cm)
Price: $150 includes postage and insurance

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Longhorn Morning

SOLD to a collector in Connecticut

My front pasture gets the prettiest light in the morning. This was last spring when we had green grass and rain. For a Longhorn, this cow is in great shape. And she was nursing a big calf at the time, too. All the cows are in the pasture next door right now, so I don't get to see them much. Ron will let them come over as soon as we have grass, I suspect. But we need rain first - I think that's how it works. And we haven't had significant rain in over 3 months. We are currently under a burn ban and like California, we cringe when the high winds come through. Getting surrounded by grass fires isn't fun. We don't have the pine forests, though - just lots of pasture grasses that burn fast and furious. I keep the yard grass immediately next to the house watered just in case our pasture catches fire. There's not much left to burn though.

Psalm 104:4
He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.
Media: oil on canvas panel
Size: 8 in X 10 in (20.3 cm X 25.4 cm)
Price: $115 USD

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Reflected Travelers


This creek bed in Central Texas provided the perfect setting for this couple. I wish there was as much water in it now - we still need rain.

I will be journeying to Baton Rouge Wednesday and will return Sunday. I have a lot of kin in Louisiana (Hi, Jane!), and Mom and I periodically go visit them. I'll be taking my camera and hopefully will find some green and signs of Spring in Cajun Country...

Media: oil on gessoed masonite
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Arabian Afternoon

8 X 10 Oil on canvas panel
Arabians can be fiery steeds - this one is still young, though, and doesn't show the signs of being hot - but it's in his blood and in his heart and cannot be ignored.
Psalm 72:14
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.

Media: oil on linen board
Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)
Price: $115 USD

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