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: horses and carts
A horse got me moving again
I think I fell victim to “Covid coma” without even having the disease. My “blogging coma” lasted a couple of months, meaning I didn’t do any painting at all since early September. I’m pretty sure part of the lethargy was … Continue reading
My last post I mentioned that I had three commissions I couldn’t show you. One of the surprise recipients got her painting early, so I’m happy to show you Emylou. I like this one so much I really didn’t want … 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
Taming the yellow
Click on either image for a closer look. To be continued…
Some very affordable horses in harness
I got the latest set of note cards from the printer a couple of days ago and just finished sorting them into packets and tying a nice satin ribbon around each one. They will be part of my booth display … 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
A familiar scenario
As has happened with pretty much any horse/harness combination I have ever painted, I have done–in this order–the easiest part (background), the most difficult part (harness), and left the most fun part (horses) for last. I got a little behind … Continue reading
More harness!! Help me, Lord!!
I had planned on doing a full size (16″x20″) painting of the Mackinac carriage horses which were featured in my small Aquabord™ watercolor back in December. But the thought of more harness, large-scale at that, pushed the procrastination button. I … Continue reading
Back to Mackinac
Here’s another little Aquabord™ watercolor I started Saturday while making my third appearance at the annual West Michigan Winter Horse Fest. Harness overload prevented me from finishing it on the spot, so today I picked up where I left off … Continue reading
Stonie watching over Valor
A couple of months ago I posted a little winter scene Aquabord™ of Roz and Stonie, which was a gift from our barn manager to Roz after she lost her beloved Stonie earlier this year. Since then Roz has adopted … Continue reading