"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby
I spent part of Labor Day weekend at Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility in Washoe City, NV. It's a spectacularly beautiful facility nestled at the base of Mt. Rose and was host to the Labor Day Hunter Derby - a fund raiser for the ALS Foundation. I spent a lot of time learning to use some of the more esoteric functions of my new camera and was fortunate enough to get some good shots. The horses were magnificent and I have new found respect for riders who manage to hang on over the very daunting jumps. Horse and rider seemed to be tackling the course as a real team - it was thrilling to see.
Below is a close up of the above painting. Its a little raw around the edges but I am going to leave it that way. Thanks for looking and your comments are always greatly appreciated.
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What a talent you have. This is fabulous. Love the under-painting color harmonizing with the flesh and saddle. The shadows of the horse make it all sing. Love it, love it, love it!ReplyDelete
Many thanks, Julie-I used a canvas toned with burnt sienna and et parts of it show through here and there. It does help harmonize the whole.Delete
I love your work. It is full of beauty, color, movement, excitement and so much more. The white of the horse is spectacular. You are very talented and it shows in your work.
I am happy you are enjoying your camera. Good for you.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Hi, Michael - I really appreciate your kind words - they inspire me!Delete
Love it and especially your raw edges :) There's a real sense of movement and you've captured the secret of painting white...it isn't white it's the reflection of all the colours surrounding it :DReplyDelete
Thanks, Elizabeth - you are so right - white has more color than not and it was fun trying to figure it out. I had to rely on memory a lot as the camera tends to capture white as one big glare!Delete
So dynamic - I love it.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Aase - and thank you for stopping by! :)Delete
I love the rawness of it though - it only adds to the life of it! And this really does have life and movement. Wonderful! :0)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sandra - the rawness keeps me from getting overly detailed, I think.Delete
Fabulous, Susan! I think the raw edges give the subject more of a feeling of movement. I am also amazed how horse and rider go over jumps, and I've done it! :)ReplyDelete
Wow - I can't imagine that kind of connection, Kathryn - I try to capture it in paint but have not experienced it.Delete
White to me is the bit I don't draw on... so white can become a problem to me, but not it seems to you.
The horse really looks like it's concentrating, looking ahead in anticipation. The rider, fearless, see how her hands hold on so softly, the only real contact her feet in the stirrups.
The shadow mimics the fluid movement...
... can you tell I liked this one a bit? :0))
So glad you lke it, John - I think of you and your spectacular drawings and say to myself - "Patience, Susan - have patience"!Delete
Fabulous horse, Susan! Your white is great!ReplyDelete
The what was a challenge - so happy that you like it, Judy.Delete
Extraordinary! I like the jockey's jacket flowing behind.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Nora - the jacket adds to the dynamism (is that a word?) of the moment!Delete
I love the loose strokes behind his behind! It really makes him appear in motion. Lovely. Sounds like it was a great day.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for your support, Susan. I love painting horses in motion and always look forward to days like this - when I can see and feel the power and the thunder. It's part of the overall feeling and experience that I am forever trying to capture on canvas.Delete
If you EVER get the chance to attend The Event at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana in July, you can get the BEST photos of jumping! They allow you on the course as the competition proceeds and its WONDERFUL. This painting is one of my favorites now!ReplyDelete
Wow - I would love to be on the course taking photos as I really like the vantage point of looking UP at the horse as he jumps. I will keep that event in mind, Debbie - and thank you!Delete