Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ridden Dressage In Casein

"Shades Of Gray #2" casein on paper 9x12"

This morning while the bitter cold January winds howl outside my studio, I painted, and still in my pj's, have just finished the above casein on paper. This is one more done for my series titled "Shades Of Gray".....a series where I will explore the color, light and shadows in gray [or white] horses. In the past few years I have done a similar foray into the colors I see in the black the gray will be the subject of this 'experiment"! I am putting it up on my website.

The new online art show with "Women Artists of the West" titled " It''s An Artist's Life" is now on line and I have two still life works 'hanging' in it. I am very proud to be part of this great group of female artists who are from all over the U.S.of A. ...not just the West as their name states. Please take a stop into this virtual show and enjoy. Sorry I can't offer you a glass of wine!

Guess I better get dressed and bundle up to walk the dogs. Out into the cold!

Kathi Peters
WAOW Assoc.,AAEA Assoc.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Work in Progress by Catherin McMillan

Work In Progress - Untitled

School is still on holidays over this side of the world until early next week. With school holidays and painting inside the house I havent had a lot of time in the studio since Christmas.

To get the creative juices flowing ready to jump back in at the deep end in the studio next week and make a start on the commissions booked in already. Ive made a start on this acrylic painting on paper. Its untitled as yet any suggestions???

This painting is one that I'll taking to Equinex in Canberra in April this year to have for sale on my stand.

If you would like to reserve this painting for yourself or just like more information about the piece size, etc
email me


Saddlebred in Digital Art

I have worked in oils, acrylics, watercolor pencils, graphite pencils, pen and ink, and various other mediums.
As of 2010 I am teaching myself in the medium of Digital Art using Corel Painter. I love it!
Look for prints to be offered soon on eBay.
Thanks for Looking!
Sheri Cook

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What is He Doing Here?!?

Just wanted to share this Bunny painting which was a breeze to paint. This cute creature was at the Los Angeles County Fair, and I couldn't resist taking his photo. "Resting Rabbit" is oil on canvas on board and measures 6" x6". Shhhh...he doesn't know he's not on a bunny art blog!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WIP - New equine fantasy art by Kerry Nelson

"Braiding Mother's Hair" 16x20 oil on panel.  Work in Progress.

They're mostly horse!  Ha!  Here's a bit of background info from my blog:
"It is not my intention to mimic any one culture, rather, to create a plausible sub-culture that might exist if centaurs were real and living among human cultures of the ancient times.
This family is obviously well off with a palacial estate and many luxuries. Here, the mother is having her eldest daughter braid her mane and help her with her dressing for a night out with her husband when he returns home. The youngest daughter entertains them with chatter and play. She and her pets find the occassion very exciting and festive and as a result is always getting underfoot."

This painting is nearly finished, just awaiting a little more detailing.   Please visit my blog to see the complete session-by-session posting of this work from concept and drawing to the present stage of work with many detail close-up photos that can be enlarged by clicking on the photos.   See it here:

"Malpais Gold" original oil by Kerry Nelson

"Malpais Gold"

Living thier lives along the edges of the Malpais lava flows in southcentral New Mexico, this little family of mustangs seeks sanctuary and grazing among the treacherous walls and boulders of razor sharp volcanic rock.

"Malpais Gold" is painted on a hand-made 14x18x1/8 inch hardboard panel using archival materials and is signed on the front, and, titled, signed, and, dated on the back. This is the original artwork, not a reproduction! Comes with a gorgeous antique gold with black crackle insert wood frame
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"Break Away!" Original equine fantasy oil by Kerry Nelson

"Break Away" ORIGINAL 5" x 7" OIL PAINTING on birch panel.
With a shrill, echoing scream of defiance at his human captor, Pegasus springs powerfully into the sky from the high mountain cliff! With strong wingbeats, he is soon just a glittering speck of white against a foggy mountain cloudscape!

Detail image

About this Art
This one-of-a-kind small format artwork is suitable for traditional framing, and, it measures 5 inches by 7 inches. It is an oil painting on archival, 1/8" thick hand-prepared birch panel, and, is signed on the front, and, titled, dated, and, signed on the back. Sold unframed and in a protective clear plastic sleeve.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010


I've been in unicorn mode for the last couple of weeks, working on creating them and putting them in interesting backgrounds. This one started out as a photo I took of a Gypsy cob yearling, and has gone elsewhere. I'm enjoying the process of pushing the photos I take into new areas. Stay tuned for more "unreal" photo art.

Judy Wood

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I Carry A Big Mahl Stick Now

I have been having a problem when working on large canvases and keeping my hand steady wanted a mahl stick to work with. I explained what I wanted..showed my husband the stick in an art catalogue I have... and voila! The man made me two! One a 30" stick for my bigger easel works and a smaller 15" one for works that I can actually do on my drawing board. I don't know how I worked before without them! I do know I dragged my hand through wet paint a lot! Not good! I photographed the sticks so you can see what he made!What a clever man!

Today I am getting paintings together for the art show in Augusta next weekend at the Northeast Horseman's Conference and Trade Show Invitational Art Show. I have been invited to exhibit my work along with 4 other Maine equine artists, January 16th and 17th, 2010 in Augusta, Maine. My work exhibited will mainly comprise my casein work. I am excited to see what the other artist have been doing! One of my painting will be "I Can Do It My Self", [shown below] a smaller casein on paper. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

"Saratoga Stripes, #2," from the Saratoga Series, 6" x 8", acrylic equine painting on canvasboard depicting a racehorse in the paddock at Saratoga Race Track in New York, $349 to the first one under the wire. Inquiries may always come to me.

Last summer I was able to visit Saratoga with two great friends and fellow artists. We hung at the track, gallery hopped, and had a genuinely delightful weekend. They were reminescing last night, and it got me thinking about the energy we were a part of for those few days. The challenge I set for myself was to capture the excitement in a relatively static composition.

I'm pleased to no end with the results of this painting, which represents another breakthrough in my neverending search to better understanding of color and distance. I'm handicapped in this due to my heavy reliance on reference photos (because I prefer to paint animals, uncooperative as they may be). The camera treats everything in the viewfinder with an equal balance of color saturation and value assignment - but the human eye sees life very differently. Painting from life has helped me to add truer color and value ranges to my paintings, even when I'm working primarily from photographs.

It's starting to all come together. A wonderful way to start the New Year!

There are a few minor adjustments I will make to this piece - it never fails, once the painting is dry and scanned, I see something I want to tweek. The edge on the far haunch is a wee bit too sharp, that gate has to go back further and I want to soften the shadow on the breeches.

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

painting a Dog a Day by Kimberly Kelly Santini

(I know it's not a horse, but this is what I've been painting as of late - all dogs!)

"Tucker(ed Out)," almost finished, 12" x 16" (so he's larger than life), acrylic on Raymar panel, commissioned pet portrait of a black lab mix, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries (including booking your own pet portrait, from miniature size [4" x 4"] to larger than life) may always come to me.

Well, if it looks like I made a lot of progress on Tucker's painting, I did. I was motivated and inspired to paint like the wind today, and went to the easel as soon as the sleep was out of my eyes. I put in quite a marathon, consequently skipping all paperwork and computer tasks this morning! My muse had shown up, and I wasn't letting her leave without proof of her visit.

My favorite part of this painting? Tucker's paw and leg carry a hint of green from romping in freshly mown grass, the face reflects the warmth of the decking, while the top of his head carries a hint of blue reflected from the sky.

Now this image is off to my clients for their approval. I'll also spend more time with Tucker (upsidedown and through a mirror), looking for minor tweaks and adjustments, before varnishing and sending him homeward.

I'm looking for some models - black and white, or all black or all white. If you think your furred friend would look good in paint, shoot me an email and we'll talk about it!

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.

READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.