May 23rd, 2018
This painting began as one of my black and white drawings, appearing in Arab Horse Couture Magazine. It quickly became one of my most popular images to steal, and use as a horse business logo. After chasing after the folks using my images without permission, from here to Iran, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia, I have learned my lesson; I won't be posting anymore black and white images! I'm currently in the process of changing every one of my images into a full color version of my popular black and white originals.
My next effort, will be in creating more full color acrylic paintings, to post here, as well. They will be based upon full color drawings I first shared on my Instagram account. This method has shown me which images are the most appealing, and will make the selection for creating fine art prints much easier.
I hope you enjoy this new, colorful version of "Stacey's Arabian".
May 15th, 2018
The Friesian horse breed's black coat can be a challenge to paint, and truly convey the energy of the play of light across the always moving horse. The twilight blues, mirrored silvers, and occasional red reflections, dazzle the eye in bright light. Plus, the breed is so distinctive; echoes of the Friesian's face is seen on an occasional foundation Morgan horse; clear evidence of an influence on early American Colonial breeds.
I was fortunate to see Friesian horses in Washington State many years ago, and remarked on their beautiful, distinctive faces. Obviously, their hair overflows their face like few other breeds, and their lofty trot speaks of generations of noble breeding. Such a wonderful gathering of Iberian and Arabian influences have earned their place as a popular fine harness and modern riding horse.
Thanks to my friends in Texas, Lisa and Ron Robertson, for sharing many photos of their beach rides with Friesian horses. Endless inspiration!
July 20th, 2015
I always enjoy drawing wonderful, fast sketches of horses. This drawing is of a Thoroughbred or Arabian fantasy race horse. I grew up reading the Thoroughbred of California, and The Maryland Horse, among other favorite horse racing and breeding magazines.
Racing is still one of my favorite sources for equine art inspiration. I love all the excitement, the colors, the sounds of the track, and the people! I'm looking forward to creating more race horse paintings in color, and sketches like this one, as the basis for a new group of art. See the finished version of this drawing in my main paintings gallery. I've added more color, but I think you'll still see the horse that's so gracefully racing across the page in this earlier version.
July 20th, 2015
The Google browser Web Store, "https://chrome.google.com/webstore?hl=en-US" is featuring some of the most fun, easy to use, and inspiring artist's software programs I've ever seen. They reside in your browser, but you're able to use them when you're working offline. I've spent several weeks creating and editing many images and photos with them, and I have added some as permanent additions to my software list.
One of my favorites is called, "Harmony". It allows artists to create black and white, or colored drawings, in a new way. The sketches appear to finish their own shadows, and details, as you pull your pen along. You can do it simply, or you can add a "hair" brush, or try the interesting "ribbon" brush. The few combinations of brushes and textures are enough to keep you happily experimenting for a while. The possibilities for line art are amazing.
Draw a line of automatically appearing squares, or draw a line bending around a curve of a face, or an eye, and watch it fill in shadow as it goes. They have thoughtfully posted an introductory video that's quite helpful. I've found the program to be intuitive and easy to feel at home with. Be sure to test this browser add-on out. It's entertaining, free, and gives a whole new slant to what you may create with your graphic pen and a few lines.
July 20th, 2015
FLASH! THIS EQUINE IMAGE FEATURED: ArabHorseCouture.com 6/2015
I always enjoy studying the faces of beautiful horses. Can you see the three horse faces here? This is probably my favorite way of drawing them, with my graphic pen and tablet. Three mares at the evening watering trough, talking about the day. Following the planes of their faces in a gesture drawing, enhanced by the soft additions to each curve. I hope you enjoy them.
July 20th, 2015
In between checking my Facebook pages, or my email, I'm always drawing or painting something. Lately, that means I'm playing around with the "Harmony" art and drawing tool in my chrome browser. It's proven to be my sketching tool of choice, as it's easily able to capture my fastest sketches, and add marvelous effects that would otherwise take me hours to add.
I'm not sure if I like the shadow or the web brush better. I think all of the tool options are amazing. I even used the "square" tool to add a Bedouin tassel or two to one of my Arabian horse sketches. It turned out wonderfully! This small, Chrome add on is a blast to play with.
After attending the Picasso exhibit in Seattle, I was hoping to be able to create new, and less "tight" artworks. The Harmony tool has certainly enabled me to work on loose and flowing lines in ways I'd not thought of before. I hope you try it out and post your experiences.
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