Friday, November 21, 2008

Candy Cane

These little paintings are selling like hotcakes and I have had a few requests for Daily Riding Essential paintings. I am happy to oblige! Don't hesitate to contact me if there is a little painting you would like to see done. I was planning to post two paintings this evening but I have a sick child that needs tending to. So I am a mom first! I will get two more paintings up tomorrow.Be sure to check back! Remember, images are clickable for an enlarged view!

I do have as promised another little holiday themed painting available tonight. This is Candy Cane and measures 5 x 7 and is painted on gessoed hardboard.It would make a great little stocking stuffer. I am also bumping up Bubbles which is still available. Each painting is priced at $12 + 4.65 for Priority Mail shipping. I can combine orders to save on shipping.
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Bubbles depicts a young Friesan having a bath.This delightful painting depicts a young horse having a bath. This painting conjures up the image of the water running UP your arms while trying to get the bath done! :-) It is 10 x 8,acrylic on canvas panel. I am offering it for $12 plus $4.65 Priority Mail shipping to the U.S. International orders, please, contact me for shipping rates.
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Desert Horse

I began this painting as part of my daily paintings I post on my blog at I must confess though I did take more than one sitting to finished this. I began with the idea that this horse would be in a pasture with trees in the background but as it developed I began to see it as a desert setting because I was really enjoying the warm ground and cool colors reflected in the horses coat so it evolved into what it is now.

I have been doing daily oil paintings for several weeks now and am enjoying allowing myself to follow my artistic whims. I do commissioned work along with selling my daily paintings. for more information go to or

Thank you!

Sue Steiner

Thursday, November 20, 2008

French Snaffle

Next up is French Snaffle ....this painting depicts my most favorite bit for re-training Thoroughbreds. This is a loose ring french snaffle bit. French Snaffle is third in the Daily Riding Essentials collection. This little painting measures 6 x 8, acrylic on canvas panel. Be sure to check in for tomorrow's little gems! Another Riding Essentials painting and a second holiday themed painting will be up for grabs! This painting is $12 plus $4.65 for shipping in the U.S. Please, contact me for international shipping rates. I am more than happy to combine shipping so contact me first if you intend to make more than one purchase and I can send an invoice to reflect the discount. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


I went to photograph my favorite herd a few weeks ago, late in the afternoon when the fall light was a beautiful golden hue as the sun prepared for its ever earlier departure. This group of yearlings were all standing around eating one second, then gone in a cloud of dust the next. I was lucky to be able to snag a whole series of the sequence of the action as they sped out of sight. One other version can be seen on my home blogsite if you look back a couple of weeks, and I have a lot more that I can play with when I get the time. Now the ground is covered in white as we've had the first snow of the season. It's a whole new ballgame for photography once we have snow, and I'll have to get out to this herd again before it gets too darn cold. 

Caught With A Mouthful

I just finished up this little watercolor of my Duster [Tennessee Walking Horse] caught with his mouth full....always eating. It is small...quick and it is done! It is 10 x 4" on watercolor board and though it is for sale...I won't be putting it up on my website.

It was a good day to stay in the studio...very cold and windy here. I had ordered a bunch of art supplies and today part of the order came....I can't wait to get started!! New canvas and new ideas!!

German Body Brush

This is the first painting of a vignette. It is titled German Brush. This was my horse's (and my most favorite brush)....a beautiful, well used leather back German body brush! This is part of a small series of paintings titles daily riding essentials. I will be posting the others during the week. They would make a great grouping hung together in a tack room! This measure 6 x 8 inches and is priced to go at $12 + $4.65 Priority Mail shipping in the U.S.
International orders please, contact me for rates. Check out the other little gems offered! These make super Christmas gifts! Just click on the Paypal Buy Now button for a safe, secure shopping experience! Don't forget I can combine orders for reduced shipping. Images are clickable for larger view.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Grays Through The Park

This new 10 x 10" casein on gallery wrapped canvas, is an Acadia inspired work. This pair are actually the leaders of a four-in-hand coaching visitor at Wildwood. I loved the way the light hit them as they trotted through the pine lined carriage roads on the Rockefeller's roads behind Little Long Pond. That part of the Acadia Carriage Roads is my favourite part.
I went in loose and abstract with this painting and just finished up with a hint of detail. I have put it up on my website.
Now I need to clean out the studio to make room for new supplies that I ordered ...then back to work.

Icelandic- Head Study

I have been captivated by Icelandic horses since a friend introduced me to them..she raises them. I actually first saw them at Equine Affaire years ago.....the awesome drill team and their thrilling exhibition of the Icelandics gaits! Mind you, I ride Tenn. Walkers........a very comfortable ride..but the Icelandics have it over them in spades as far as thrill!!! This handsome "guy" was at Equine Affaire....I loved his mane and eye. I captured him in a 11 x 8 1/2" watercolor and am putting it up on my website.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Santa's Little Helper

Offered today is a fun holiday themed painting. This is the ORIGINAL image for this year's holiday greeting cards. A lot of fun and bit of a departure from my usual style. Today's little gem is titled Santa's Little Helper. Okay, I know we have all done this! Slapped that Santa hat on our horses..much to their embarrasment and our amusement! This is acrylic on canvas panel and measures 7 x 5 inches. This one would make a super stocking stuffer!
Offers start at $10.00 plus $4.65 for Priority Mail shipping in the U.S. Now for the fun part! The paintings will go to the highest bid offered by email.If you are interested in purchasing a painting simply send me an email with the word "Offer" in the subject line and your offered amount and title of painting in the email body. You are free to raise your bid at any time. The painting can be paid for with Paypal. Deadline for Santa's Little Helper is Wednesday evening. Good luck!!! Send offers to


New miniature paintings

I'm not able to find the photo of this hound in his frame, but he is one of the minis also.

Hello! I've been doing some miniature paintings for quite a while, but lately I have really been enjoying them. The ones here are equine related, of course! I am working on some landscapes as well. These are all 5x5 inch, oil paintings, mounted into hunky 4 inch frames. I like to think of them as little jewels. I have also changed my personal blog site, and keep it more up-todate than the old one: My website is being updated, as its address is: I am going to try to be a better communicator with the EAG site this year!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Holiday Fun!

Each day or so I will post a small, original horse painting for sale. Each painting will start at $10.00 plus $4.65 for Priority Mail shipping in the U.S. Now for the fun part! The paintings will go to the highest bid offered by email.If you are interested in purchasing a painting simply send me an email with the word "Offer" in the subject line and your offered amount and title of painting in the email body. You are free to raise your bid at any time. The painting can be paid for with Paypal.

In these tough economic times these little gems are a wonderful, happy way to brighten the walls of any horse lover while being easy on the wallet!
This is a super and affordable way to collect original horse art for yourself or to give as a gift! It,also, helps to make room in my studio for more paintings!
The first painting being offered is called Bubbles! This delightful painting depicts a young horse having a bath. This painting conjures up the image of the water running UP your arms while trying to get the bath done! :-) It is 10 x 8,acrylic on canvas panel. Your offer needs to be in by Tuesday evening! Send offers to me at

Enjoy & Good Luck!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Elin Pendleton Finishes the Pack Mules in Aspens

Finally finished this one, and I am so pleased with it. Although a struggle to keep the pack horses and rider as a secondary focal point, I think I managed to pull it off, and actually, the end result was easier than I expected. Had I painted this image even one year ago, I would have put those animals in full sunlight, and the aspens would have played second fiddle. I'm much more pleased with these paintings, some of which are scheduled for entry into the Saks Gallery Show in Denver--the Women Artists of the West membership show, opening in January.

One reason I was away from the easel was because of a too-short visit from Jennie Scott from Australia who blew through on her way from Northern California to Houston, Texas. Jennie is a well-known sculptor of horses, and here's an image of her at my dining room table working on one of her raku sculptures--and right beside her are two of the driftwood and ceramic pieces. WOW, to see them "for real" was quite a treat. And Jennie is a lively, wonderful lady who is welcome to visit any time! In the early morning she was out walking and seeing the coyotes. And you just know I loved to hear her talk with that "Aussie" accent!
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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Day Eight: A Horse a Day for 30 Days

Around here, we don't buy into that belief that chestnut mares and fillies are evil. I've done the three chestnut boys this week - Jay, Mute, and Medz - so it's time for a girl! Miss Peaks, a yearling Thoroughbred filly, isn't on the farm right now, as she's started her under-saddle racehorse education, but I wasn't about to leave her out of my project - she's much too special! I welcomed Peaker into the world one very cold February morning in 2007.

I realised this morning that I'd forgotten to tone a panel last night. While I could have done it first thing this morning and given it time to dry, that's what I did yesterday and the tone was lifting off too easily, so I found a piece of masonite that I had prepared with shellac instead of gesso. As you can see from the in-progress shot, this means I'm starting with a ground that is dark. The surface is also very slick, and very non-absorbent. That's why this piece is more blended that some of the ones I've done this week on gessoed panel. The smoothness and the fact that the paint dried more slowly make it very different to work with.

So here we have our Miss Peaks, 10 x 8 oil on shellacked masonite, using the usual limited palette. I also forgot to clean my brushes last night, which is borderline disastrous. There's no better way to shorten the life of your brushes! What am I going to go do now? Tone a couple of panels so I'm covered for the next few days, then clean those brushes!

Please be sure to check out the other horses that I've been painting as part of my project this week. They're on my blog: Thanks!

"Above the Bit", graphite drawing by Sheona Hamilton-Grant

Here is "Above the Bit.", my latest soluble graphite study.

A study of the drama that goes on before the fence

The title is somewhat obvious forming a nice contrast, I feel, with the crop I chose to illustrate.

"Above the Bit"

23x22 cm. Graphite on paper

300 Euros ( 390$)

If you are interested and would like to see how this drawing came to life, you are very welcome to pop over my studio blog Black on Grey on White where the six main steps are illustrated and explained.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Annual Art Issue focuses on 'Connection'

I have just received news that one of my wire sculptures, "Power Steering", has been included in the 23rd Annual Polo and Equestrian Sporting Art issue of POLO Players' Edition magazine.

It is an honor to be in the company of such amazing talent, and it is also a great success for the medium of wire in the fine art world!

The theme for this year's Call for Artists was 'connection', which was particularly relevant to my work. I create each of my sculptures from a single, continuous strand of and rider are connected by the energy flowing through the wire. The two move and work as one, as they must in the sporting world.
You can view other artwork representing this theme online at POLO Players' Editon.

Angela Hook

"Lashes and Corkscrews," 5" x 8", depicting a buckskin tobiano curly horse, acrylic on board, $289 to the first taker. Do I see any hands? Inquires to .

This painting is from the acclaimed "Painting a Dog a Day" project. While the piece really isn't a canine, I am allowed to bend the rules occasionally. Especially when confronted with such a gorgeous horse as Percy. Who can blame me?
The most important thing to me is painting every day, or as often as I can. And when inspiration hits me, I'm going to fly with it!

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Thanks so much!
Kimberly Kelly Santini

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The Filly Coming Five

Yesterday I painted the barn doors...and I also finished up this 12 x 8" watercolor of the filly. She has been the subject of my work a lot in her four short years. I was with her when she was born...and she is my helpmate when I am down doing barn chores. Maggie is always willing and curious to have her picture taken. A willing subject...but sometimes a little too willing and up close for long shots! But I LOVE HER EYE..... and so will be painting it often...and willingly!My barn now sports a bright yellow does Les' work shed. I have started the back barn door and prepped the potting shed door...all to be painted yellow. When I finished up the front barn door and was watching Maggie watching me painting the door.....I saw the lovely red in her bay coat against the yellow door...........yup! This will be a new painting I am sure!

Today dawns a bit cloudy. But I need to get the barn doors done before the weather changes...I know it will turn cold and wintry soon. So the watercolor I am working on now of a Cardigan Corgi herding cattle will have to wait a bit.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Following in Revered Footsteps - A Horse a Day for 30 Days

I'm an admirer of daily painters - I've often wished my lifestyle allowed for that kind of consistency. The reality of keeping horses is that things can go wrong and turn your life upside down at the drop of a hat. Still, I've made the decision to try and do it for 30 days. At the same time I'm doing NaBloPoMo, an event that involves a blog post every day for the month of November. No days off!

I'm on day four now. Today's guest is Jay, a chestnut Thoroughbred gelding retired from racing this year. He is available for adoption through LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement. He's a great horse, and will make someone a wonderful friend. I know how much I enjoyed him during the times he spent on my farm.

To keep things as simple as possible for this project, I decided to do just head studies for the 30 days. I'm also using a limited palette and keeping the sizes small. This one is 10 x 8 oil on panel.

I'm considering asking for photo submissions to be part of my project. If you have a good head shot you'd be willing to share, feel free to email me! The only stipulation is, it must be a photo you've taken. If you'd like to follow my project, you can visit my blog, see the work I've done so far, and have the option of subscribing through email or RSS feed. Come on over and check it out!

Acadia Again

It might seem as though I am fixated with Acadia...........I am. I miss the old days when the four-in-hand drivers were coming up to Wildwood each fall to picnic and drive, all duded up with their grooms in full livery and their passengers with their fancy hats. It was a taste of a other time. A time when things were slower and full of tradition. I liked that.This 11 x 14 casein is a scene often seen at the Wildwood barn as the grooms readied their charges..this time it is a Kladruby being groomed...what a lovely team they were stepping out on the carriage roads. This work is being added onto my website.

Another coupe for me...I finally sent off an 'email newsletter' was a learning experience for me...full of typos I am sure......but done, nevertheless. This is another way you can hear my news and you can sign up for it on my new website. Check it out!!Now I am headed out to the barn while the warm weather stays...going down to paint the barn doors.....yellow to match the Tamarack trees that dot our forest line.


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Elin Pendleton - Beginning another Large Landscape with Horses, and the Andalusian Colt

Here's the value structure for the next large landscape with horses. This painting is 30 x 30 inches, and will be the larger version of the painting of the aspens featured last Tuesday (opens a new window with just the painting). You can tell, even at this early stage, that I'm thinking of one of those six value plans (from Edgar A. Whitney, and the workshops I teach). Which one do you think it will be? Not chaos, not large dark in midtones. Not small dark, large light in midtones, not gradation. Two left....Hmmmm? Well, perhaps tomorrow will shed some light as this painting progresses.

The next question everyone had was, "Where's Chiron?" So herewith I submit a photo of him in his new home here at Two Trees, with Vincent van Goat, companion extraordinaire (head in the feeder, of course!). This image shows Chiron's coloration best--I'm seeing a dark bay, but with his head being black, I wonder if he might shed out in the spring to be a black? No matter, bay or black he's beautiful to me.
It has been a week now and he is settled in nicely. The Andalusian personality is coming out--yesterday we had workers trimming the tall pines in back, and I came out to see how it was going. As I walked up, I started talking to them. Chiron, standing at the far side of the pen, perked up his ears at my voice, and then came over to the near side to greet me. What fun! Having him on the property means I can visit/train him any time. Good for my busy schedule.

His only white are on his two coronets near his rear hooves. Ok, I'm a bit besotted. Bear with me. Yes, he'll be in paintings!

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