"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, December 30, 2013

A Moment of Perfect Equilibrium or Equine #13

2013 was a wonderful year for painting, creativity and inspiration and I hope that 2014 is even better. My artistic goals are moving forward with me into this new year - to paint more and to paint better, to work from life whenever possible, to paint without fear and with great boldness and confidence. Such lofty goals - but very worthwhile striving for.

Here is my last completed painting of 2013 - oil on linen in my favorite size 18 x 24.

A Moment of Perfect Equilibrium or Equine #13 / oil on linen panel / 18 x 24
I took several  progress photos as this painting came into being and thought I would post them as a small WIP:

The ideas emerges and a careful oil sketch is done as the anatomy is very important in this equine position

Beginning with the darks in a thin mixture of burnt umber and dioxazine purple.

Working with color and beginning the background.

Composition fully established and background progressing.

The final picture

I have so much to be grateful for as 2013 comes to an end and my heart is full. I hope that all my internet friends enjoy a year filled with art that makes the soul take notice and the heart sing, I wish for good health and joyful days filed with peace and inspiration. Happy New Year everyone and many, many thanks for keeping me company on my blog and for allowing me to visit yours this past year. You have all affected me and inspired my own work. Happy New Year and happy creating!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

Oil on linen panel 18x24

Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a wonderful, joyful and peaceful New Year to all!