Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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Tag Archives: draft horses
Yes, very briefly. First, Willow Tree (where I board Charm) lost another wonderful lesson horse recently. My trainer wanted to gift our barn manager with a remembrance of Dale, a Belgian draft who served not only as a lesson horse … Continue reading
Tall Grass gallery tour
Somehow I forgot to mention that I got two of my horse paintings accepted into one of my favorite galleries for a juried show. What’s unusual about this is that I normally submit landscapes for the juried shows but this … Continue reading
If you read my previous post you are probably wondering if almost three weeks later I am able to un-cross my eyes. The answer is yes, although I must say that trying three different pairs of hard contact lenses in … Continue reading
Crossing my eyes again
Just when I thought I had sworn off harness…a commission! This past Saturday and Sunday Reins of Life held its second benefit dressage show of the season and unlike last year, I sat in my booth instead of on a … Continue reading
Wild horses, continued…
Five more small Aquabord™ paintings of California mustangs I was lucky to be able to photograph in the wild this past June. The first two are here. Got these done over a four-day draft horse show at Michigan State University. … Continue reading
This just in– Acceptance letter from Art at the Classic telling me that my oil painting “American Troika” has been accepted into this year’s show! I had two paintings in last year’s show and wasn’t so sure they would want … Continue reading
I was of necessity in Chicago all of last week, and although I took all my art materials with me and I have a studio space there I still did not get anything near what I expected accomplished. However, I’m … Continue reading
A new puzzle–or, let’s play mix and match
For your consideration: four photos, two of each horse, to be somehow combined into a new commissioned painting showing the two horses interacting together. Faithful followers know this is not the first time I have been presented with this situation–but … Continue reading
East Lansing Adventures
I spent three days last week at my second appearance at the Michigan Horse Council’s Stallion Expo held each spring at Michigan State University in Michigan’s capital city. My booth is not getting any bigger, but it is getting fuller. … Continue reading
We have some sun-dappled drafts
This one probably holds the record for the number of glazed paint layers. I lost track counting a few days ago. But there was just no other way to get the glowing effects of sunlight on their shiny coats. I … Continue reading