Saturday, December 29, 2007

And They're Off!

Well, I'm a little slow out of the gate joining things around here! Thanks to Donna Ridgeway for getting things going.

My name is Linda Shantz, and while I often paint more generic horse images, my passion is Thoroughbred racing. When I'm not working with or watching these horses, I'm painting them. Oil, oil pastel and pencil are my usual media. This time of year in my neck of the woods things are relatively quiet -- the season at Woodbine is over, the horses either off for a few months or in one of the southern states to train in more hospitable climates. I have a barn full of layups, weanlings and broodmares. It won't be long before foal watch starts! These horses are a constant inspiration.

I hope you enjoy all the great artwork on this blog. If you'd like to see more of mine, you can check out my blog, or visit my website. And in case I'm not back before, Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice

Happy Winter Solstice. This painting was finished on the shortest day of the year. With so much darkness, I wanted to accent the hope of a new dawn. This is a 12x12 oil on canvas, and is available for purchase at

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Le Cheval (the horse) - Juliet R. Harrison Photography

Le Cheval (the horse) is the home of the Traditional, Hand-Printed Equine, Canine and Livestock Photograpy of Juliet R. Harrison.

Horses and Photography have always been my passions. My joy is to be able to combine the two to create Fine Art. I specialize in Black & White limited editions that feature the horse in both traditional realistic and abstract imagery.

Please visit my website at . Mention this blog and receive a 20% discount on all original prints.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This painting is the "slap happiest" I've ever done. It was part of a two hour challenge. I painted for two hours and it was almost finished, but not quite. I've worked on it another hour since the challenge was over. :) I just couldn't leave it like it was.

It was incredibly fun to work like this...

The word now was on the score board behind the horse in the photo I was working from. I included it in the painting. This painting tells a story of a single moment in time, the race is over, won or lost, and it's all about how this jockey and this horse are feeling right now. Doing this painting in two hours (and a little more) also gives it that feeling of right now...the brush strokes were fast, there wasn't much just happened.

You can see this painting as a work in progress on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by! Donna Ridgway

Friday, December 14, 2007

New Painting by Kate Dardine

This painting is called "The Direction of My Dreams" and is the latest in my Equine Inspirations" series. Henry David Thoreau said, "I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." This 12x36 oil painting is gallery-wrapped on 1.5" stretcher bars and retails for $875. It is available through

Thursday, December 13, 2007

New print available: Mary

This is my new giclee of a pastel, "Mary." It is of a friend's draft mare during her final days as it grew increasingly harder for her to get around. She was a beautiful mare and gentle to all. She had been an Amish work horse and my friend bought her for her experience and to have her last years full of rest well deserved. They taught each other a lot.
The print measures 17.25x21.75 with the image size 11.25x16. It is printed with archival inks and on acid free heavy stock and is for sale for $60 plus shipping and handling. Please contact me by email at

Judith Johnson

Midnight Race lithograph and prints

Midnight Race"
I’ve been drawing since I can remember. My mom said I picked up a pencil early on and started drawing/scribbling. I would spend a lot of time drawings thru the years.
I also fell in love with horses. My parents took us to a local farm for pony rides occasionally. On my very first pony ride I fell in love with them. I thought they were so beautiful and gentle. I felt on top of the world on their back as we were led around the farm yard.
I decided to pursue an art career. I attended Southeastern Mass. U.
I had a desire to incorporate my love for horses in my art.

"Midnight Race" is a lithograph I did when I was at Southeastern Massachusetts University. I learned a couple of techniques used to make lithographs in the Lithography course I took. I wished to capture the beauty and power in horses, yet I didn't want it so realistic. I experiemented and came up with this image. Later, I entered it in "The Okterfest" of the Tauton Art Association. I received Second Place. Another day I met the artist who was one of the judges at that show. She was excited to meet me and told me she thought the image was real good. With that I entered it with only some hope, of course, into the juried show at "The Harborfest" in Cohasett. Much to my surprise and joy, I received notice the image got into the juried exhibit and received an Honorable Mention award. It was a hightlight in my pursue of an art career.

Prints and T-shirts available. Gift ideas

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Amish Buggy Horse Portrait

I painted this very recently. It is primarily watercolor with a wee bit of CP and acrylic ink.

I am an artist living in Amish County in Ohio. I also happen to love painting horses so buggy horses and work horses are often subjects in my paintings. Since I love all things equine I widen my range and paint a whole variety of horses, donkeys, mules etc. I also paint farm animals, people, flowers and the occassional landscape as well as pet and horse portraits. I like to work in a wide range also from life sized horse murals on display at Lehman's in Kidron, Ohio to intricate floral watercolors. I work in acrylics, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, oils and pastels.

I sell my art thru pay pal on my web site or I also keep a blog where I often post work in progress photos. You can see this painting take shape there a couple weeks back. The blog is located at

Friday, December 7, 2007

Black Snowcap Appaloosa by Kerry Nelson

This little 4x6" oil painting is just one of several small oil paintings I currantly have for sell on ebay. These tiny oil paintings make excellant christmas gifts for the horse art lover on your list. This little painting is ideally sized to fit on the wall, desk, or, bookcase, and, it has the added advantage of being in a flat, collectible format that will also fit into standard 4x6 photo albums. Just follow this link to see more details about this painting, including close-up detail photographs: SOLD

See new work and works in progress at and see works for sale at .

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Yvonne Kitchen, Bronze Portraits from Nature

I am beginning my contribution to our horse blog at a very exciting time for me having just heard from the Society of Animal Artists that I have been accepted as an Associate Member. I am hoping that this association will be as meaningful as have been my membership in the Equine Art Guild and Associate Memberships in the Women Artists of the West and American Academy of Equine Art. Being the widow of a university professor (of Veterinary Medicine) it is easy to understand how much I appreciate belonging to organizations that promote lifelong learning. The Society of Animal Artists letter came in quick succession with having my latest bronze "Hobbled", a portrait of Mulemanship Clinician Brad Cameron and his beautiful young mule Concho, win 1st place in the Sculpture Division at the 49ers Death Valley Days Art Show, and all three of my entries, "Florida Cracker Cowboy", "Hey, Mom!", and "Kate & Dan", juried into the Women Artists of the West A Mountain Holiday Small Works Show in Pinetop, AZ with "Hey, Mom!" selling before the show even opened. All four of these bronzes can be found on my website with "Hobbled" being found with my other new work on the In the Works page.

Like many equine artists, my passion for horses started very early, and I was fortunate that when my Daddy, an artist who worked primarily in graphite, guache, and pen & ink creating very accurate, detailed drawings of football teams that were as true to their subject as my equine portraits, had his heart attach when I was three we spent endless hours drawing as I sat with him on the hospital bed set up in our dining room. To this day when I am teaching, I still hear his voice echoing in my brain "if you want to draw horses, you have to Really Look at how the legs go..." His Dad was a horse trainer, my maternal grandfather a pastellist who also influenced my work, and my maternal great-grandfather the first thoroughbred breeder in Northern California. So I guess you could say I have Horse and Art throughout my genes.
Add to that all the years of raising, training, and grooming not only horses but a wide variety of domestic and exotic animals, and I sculpt as much by feel as by sight. And I always strive to bring out the personality rather than mere anatomical correctness whether taking a trip down memory lane such as with my "Major Trilogy", doing a commission such as "Dancing Morgans" or "Bruce and Bing", or creating trophies such as the mule, donkey, and draft horse I did for Winnemucca Mule Races.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

Art Cards Featuring the Horses of Alterra

These are original drawings I made featuring some of my favorite equine characters from the Elfhunter fantasy book series by C.S. Marks. (If you like fantasy books and horses, you're sure to like this series.)
Each piece is 2.5" x 3.5", done in watercolor pencil and ink.
Click an image below to visit it's ebay auction:

Eros is a steady and courageous dun battle horse, who may be a little too clever for his own good.

Finan ACEO
Finan is a fiery but no-nonsense desert stallion who will prove his determination and skill only to one he deems worthy of his trust.

Realta ACEO
Realta is a tall gray stallion who would be the first to tell you that he's the handsomest and fastest around.

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"As a visual artist specializing in oil painting and commissioned paintings, I have tried to present a view into my style of painting. As you can see, I paint alittle bit of everything. It is my hope that my passion for art shows in the vision and style of my work. Come and join me in a tour of my galleries by clicking on these links and and, hopefully, enjoy the beauty that I strive for by producing art that comes from my inner passion. As you click on the various links, you can follow the road that leads from just enjoying the art to the opportunity to purchase selected items. Links to CafePress at and my blog at will provide opportunities invest in artwork at reasonable prices or to commission a painting of your own. It is my hope that my studios will provide the viewer with the same feelings that have inspired me”.