November 11th, 2019
You can make all kinds of friends on Facebook, but few of them will make such an impact on your daily outlook on life, as Julie June has made on mine.
She writes about her adventures experienced while caring for her aging father, and in the process, she takes us along with her. We are touched by her kindness, frustrations, and understanding of his stage of life. Her stories touch us.
Miss Julie June also writes wonderful essays about the personalities and horses in the American Thoroughbred scene. We feel everyone's hopes and dreams fly down the track as she describes their world, bringing us into each moment.
Her essays are eagerly anticipated by racehorse breeders, fans, and trainers, all across America. We know when Julie June tells the story, our hearts will move down the track with each bright color, and follow every flying tail.
Here's my dedication to my favorite woman in the horse racing world. Julie June is a loving daughter, a wonderful writer, and a treasured Facebook friend. May my horse carry your praises to an ever-expanding audience.
November 6th, 2018
I keep going back to my cell phone, and my tablet, to continue to explore the amazing capabilities of various drawing apps that appear on the Google marketplace. I still enjoy playing with, "Sketch Guru", and I'm relieved my old tablet can still use it. It isn't compatible with later model of my Galaxy phone, and I miss having it there. I have used other apps, but this one, is truly faster for me to use.
I'm also currently painting several new acrylics on canvas, to bring with me to Tacoma for the BrillenEyes - HOYA invitational art presentation. There's nothing like having an event on the books to keep you painting. It sounds like I'm going to have a wonderful time there, as they are so glad to be presenting our artwork there.
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November 4th, 2018
This year's Washington Horseman's Park Annual Gala Event auction fundraiser, will include my original contemporary acrylic painting, "Unbridled Horses", (18 x 24) as a 100% donation to the event. A new, state of the art facility, the equestrian park is close to realizing the dream of building a spectacular indoor arena as the show piece for the 112 acre facility.
When I was a young woman, my best friend and I would look forward to attending horse shows at Bridle Trails State Park, near Kirkland, WA. A lovely outdoor facility, you were smart to arrive early, if you were to watch the hunter jumper classes in decent bleacher seats - meaning the few seats available in the shade of the pine trees on the West side. As time went on, Bridle Trails became surrounded by upscale homes back to back, and fewer horse properties.
Snohomish County also tried to fund and maintain a horse show facility in Monroe, WA, at the large and popular fairgrounds there. Unfortunately, their new horse show arena was quickly appropriated for indoor motorcycle events. With the car racing track, right behind the arena, it wasn't always a happy situation. The use of the arena by equestrians, and the nextboor car racing events, still share the popular venue, that has admirably shuffled dates to meet the needs of all concerned.
Washington State equestrians smartly obtained a suitable parcel of land for a grand horse park; suitable for International events, permanently dedicated to all equestrian sports centrally located in Cle Elum, WA. Placed safely past the seasonal rain curtain of Western Washington, the Horseman's Park boasts open access to miles of trails via adjacent National Forest lands.
We'll be looking for you in future years at the expansive equestrian facility being realized near Cle Elum, among the big pines. My contemporary equine art donation is in remembrance of the summer horse shows I attended with my best friend, so many years ago.
November 2nd, 2018
Correctly depicting equine structure, even when it's in a loose, modern style, may be my passion, but I also love to sketch people; such as this reclining woman, holding her "blue" cat'. She's resting against a wall, as if she's finally succumbed to the entreaties of her sweet, purring cat. We have a long haired, grey kitty in our home, that was a very happy model for my small painting. I've added a vase full of flowers, just because I wanted to play with more colors.
Currently, my acrylic painting, "Lady with Blue Cat" is available, and I've started on several other figurative acrylic works, as well. I especially enjoy depicting colorful fabrics, and diverse cultural scenes. Because of my interest in fabrics and patterns, I love including interesting fashions and designs in each scene, sometimes, even adding actual portrions of fabric. Stay tuned!
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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