Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Endless winter

We're in the midst of a protracted spell of severe winter weather. Minus 35 (and that was the *high* yesterday) with wind chills making it feel like minus 50. Luckily things are gradually supposed to get a bit better as the week progresses. I've taken a lot of shots so far this winter, just not in the last few days!

This is one I got in mid December. I have a new working relationship with a working cowhorse/cutting horse trainer in the area, so I get to drive to his place (about an hour away) every so often to do photos. They wanted me to do Christmas card shots for them, and I was happy to oblige. The snow held off until I got the "people shots" done, then lovely big soft flakes started falling. I love doing photos in the snow, although it is usually a challenge due to very low light. These horses were just waiting it out in their pen, with the new snow gradually accumulating on their coats.
I suppose it's only going to be a matter of time before I'm going out there and crabbing about the heat, dust and bugs. Seems like there are only about four good days in the year for doing outdoors horse stuff in this province, two in the spring (after the mud and before the insects) and two in the fall (after the insects and before the snow!!).
As usual, this image is available to purchase in a selection of sizes and formats at reasonable prices. Email me at for details.

My First Post Here!

Sweet & Sour Spritz
16 x 20 original acrylic

Hello! I've finally gotten around to posting on this wonderful new blog! I'm posting a painting of a little Welsh pony named Spritz. Although her owners might disagree, I find Spritz to be a shy girl, so I painted her depicting her special sweetness. Spritz is also sporting a full beard and thick, bushy wintercoat right now, so I also wanted a cool background for her. This painting is sold, but you can see more of my work on my site at Thanks for having a look, and thank you so much Donna for your hard work on setting up this blog!

Show Time!

I am calling this 'Show Time!' The feeling I wanted to convey is a one of excitement, drama and spirit. I also wanted to play with every horse woman's fantasy of becoming one with the horse's flash and movement. The figure in this painting is a central part of the painting but fades away at the edges to give the illusion of giving him center stage as they move into the show ring. Can't you hear the roar of the crowd?

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Sue Steiner

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Hocks n Knees

Two years ago, I sat down in the dirt behind my girl Class, and took pictures of her while she was eating. I've been wanting to try this painting ever since. I finally got it done. Or at least this is my first attempt at this angle.....

Thank you so much for stopping by our horse art blog, we appreciate it!
Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Reubens' Mares

This is the same team that I posted a couple of days ago, ploughing in the textured photo. This shot was taken in the barn later that day. The girls were pretty tired and sweaty. They were well conditioned for the work they were doing, but they were at it quite a while and it was a darn hot day.

The fullness of their bodies and all the rounded curves brought to mind the women painted by Reubens, plus the dark lighting and rich colours also hark back in time. I seem to be in "historic" mode with this team!

As with all my posted photos, copies are for sale in various sizes and formats. Contact me at for more information.

New Kid On The Block

Thank you to Donna for inviting me to join in on this unique blog.

My name is Karen Baker Thumm, and I hail from northern Michigan. I work mostly in oils, pastels and pencil and specialize in sport horse art with some landscapes and wildlife thrown in. You can visit my website here or my personal art blog here. There are several pieces of art for sale there, and I have a few more that are waiting to be put up for sale for one reason or another.

Below is a photo of me on my horse, Scottie, taken two weeks ago in the indoor arena where I board. Northern Michigan winters are not suitable for outdoor riding most of the time, so we're all cooped up until Spring arrives. This photo is very blurry because the camera battery was about to die, but it does prove that I do ride.

Next I'm posting a work in progress of a team of Belgians. I've done a little more on it since this photo was taken but it's not fit to show just yet. Do you like the pink coat on the righthand horse? It's an experiment.

"The Brayer"

Here I am, being plumb silly again. But we gotta have fun with what we do, right?

Pedro was my model for this, but Robert loves Pedro so much, he didn't want me to make him look silly. So this donkey here is nothing to do with Pedro! It's your ordinary generic donkey, braying his heart out!

When they talk to you, they put everything they've got into it. You can see their lungs heave, their sides bulge, they snort and gurgle a little in between brays. There's nothing like it in the world, to be greeted like this when you come home from town!

I learned of a donkey rescue today, from a friend of mine. You can see it by clicking that donkey rescue link. They also have a donkey web cam up......
You can see the donkeys at their home!

I did not know I would come to love two donkeys as much as I love our Daisy and Pedro, they snuck right into my heart.
Donkey art on my site.

Monday, January 21, 2008


This lovely arabian aceo print is painted from an original oil painting of the same size - only 2.5" x 3.5"! This is a very limited edition, signed and numbered reproduction using archival quality printing inks and paper. Only two left! View close-up detail photos and purchase here:

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Belgians ploughing

I went to a field demo at a heritage museum north of where I live last summer. Had always wanted to get to this one, but sadly this was the last year they plan on doing it. Lucky I made it at least the once!! I was playing with this image a couple of nights ago in Photoshop and this is the result. I got the colours the way I wanted, then added the texture, which I really like. For some reason it reminds me of old French oil paintings from a couple of centuries ago, although I'm really not sure why!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Another funny laugh!

Donna, I love your Laughing Long Ears, and I just had to share a painting I did last year in a similar tone. The horse was actually yawning when I took the photos (same as your subject), but I just couldn't help exaggerating the humor and turning it into a full-fledged laugh. The best part is... everyone smiles when they see it (even tough ol' cowboys!)

"Classy" - acrylic on canvas, original available.
Angela Hook

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Another new member

Hi all--

I've been enjoying keeping an eye on this blog and decided it was time to join in. I've got a ton of photo images with more coming all the time, so it will be fun to share them. No photo art on my old website, so until my DH gets the new site up, this will be a way for my photos to reach a bigger audience. All are for sale in various sizes, so don't hesitate to ask if any interest you, or if you would like me to email you samples of other ones.

I'll start off here with one of my new photomontage works featuring Sparky, a favourite subject of mine who lives at the stable where I board my horse, and an Arctic wolf from a shoot I did recently at a wolf sanctuary about an hour from where I live. I love snow and night images, so I put all these favourite subjects together in one work. There will be lots more on this theme in the future.
Judy Wood / art and photography

Laughin' Long Ear

Time for something funny around here. This guy makes me laugh, with his chin turned around one way, his lip turned around the other, his nostrils and eyes all pinched up funny.

In real life, this mule stood in front of us and yawned about 50 times. He kept it up because we were laughing at him! He was such a clown. He belongs to a dude string near Augusta, Mt and we like to visit him regularly. He's a wonderful subject.

Remember, you can find horse art, wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings, for sale on my website.
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Monday, January 14, 2008

Wire horse sculptures

This is the last piece I created in 2007... "Rhythm" is made from copper wire.

I am honored to be in the company of such wonderful equine artists here on this blog.

My work captures the spirit of the horse through the twisting and bending of a single continuos line of wire. The result is a fluid linear sculpture. I invite you visit my online gallery at to view more of my pieces. Many are available for sale, and I also accept commissions.

I look forward to sharing new work with you here in the future. – Angela Hook, wire sculptor

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Riverview Farm

"Riverview Farm"
Pastel, 11X16

Riding in winter can be a challenge. Yet there are gifts to be had.
Warm noses and breath to warm hands.
Fuzzy bodies to hug.
Cold air to give you that extra vigor.
Footprints in the snow.

Enjoy winters wonders

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Hello. This is my first post to this unique BLOG. Another first, this is my first commission created in oils. The subject is a beautiful Saddlebred nick-named WhiteWalls.

I am looking forward to creating more works in this new medium to me. Please visit my website ( and see what exciting things come out of my studio in 2008.


This is an art trading card, an ACEO (which stands for Art Cards Editions & Originals) and is only 2.5x3.5 inches. This is a limited edition reproduction with an edition of only 8 cards. I'll be auctioning these off on ebay. Please visit my auction listing here:

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Most of my horse paintings fall into the more realistic interpretations; portraits, scenes from the wild, backyard, showring, or, even of past times. A small percentage are pure fantasy, including pegasus, unicorns, and lots of centaurs, but then finally, there are a few like this that fall more into surrealistic or science-fiction themes that I can neither explain, nor, stop myself from painting. I read a great deal of pulp science-fiction as a child. It must have warped me! If you are interested in purchasing this small original oil painting or would just like to see more detail photos, please visit my ebay auction listing at this link: