Monday, July 24, 2006

Unfinished Painting & Unfinished Commission

Unfinished Painting on 14 x 18" Canvas.
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This is a fun thing that I do every so often; offer an unfinished painting for sale in my store the day before I send it to auction. This particular piece is a nice twisty road in Bath, England, and I fully expect to have it finished by tomorrow evening. Lately I've been drawn to windy roads and inclines, and this particular street has both. Must be a bugger if you've got a stick shift. Which I do. (REAL girls drive stick shifts.) Anyway, click on the link above to buy it or make an offer on it before it goes to auction tomorrow, and be rewarded with free shipping and all that good stuff.

Unfinished Commission of Quarter Horse
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This has been occupying most of my time today, hence the unfinished painting. As it's a portrait commission, it's not for sale, but because I'm doing it as a very detailed work in progress on the artist's site WetCanvas, I thought I would show it here so that everyone could get an idea of how one of these pieces is put together. Hope you follow the link and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Down to Bowmore

"Down to Bowmore" - 18 x 24" acrylic on canvas
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Here's my offering for today! I really like this one -- evening is my favorite time of day and I really tried hard to convey that golden half light that comes when the sun sets. I have to complain just a small bit, though. My wisdom teeth are killing me and I've just been to the dentist. The little buggers have to come out. Maybe I should dedicate the proceeds of this painting (created while in pain) to my dental co-pay (payment for even more pain -- 4 extractions). That sounds terribly dreary though, doesn't it? Please tell me, everyone, that having your wisdom teeth out is actually quite painless.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Last of the Quarter Horses

"Guest Parking" 12 x 24" acrylic on canvas
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"The Gauntlet" - 24 x 30" acrylic on canvas
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Okay, okay, more horses. Tomorrow the equestrian streak will momentarily halt, I promise. I just had so many good reference photos from this Quarter Horse specialty I went to that I had to paint a bunch of them. I'm pleased with both of these two, but particularly with "Guest Parking." It's a real slap you in the face painting, even from across the room, and was done in a different style than usual for me. I consider it a very successful experiment. "The Gauntlet," from a photo taken in the stable area, was started at the show itself and turned out well, though I'm frustrated by my inability to get good photos of it. Moreover, I'm having problems taking photos that show the sheer size of it. 24 x30" is a BIG painting!

I've begun putting reserves on my eBay pieces; I love selling on eBay and I love my eBay buyers dearly, but I just can't sell pieces for less than I could get for them at my horse shows. Doesn't make good business sense! And it's not fair to my horse show collectors. What do you guys think? Does a reserve on an eBay auction turn you off?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Western Riders & Quarter Horses

"Guest Parking" - work in progress on canvas
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Today was another day of horse paintings, I'm afraid. Hey, when I have that many great reference photos, they just beg me to paint them. So I actually have two paintings that I worked on today and both of them will get finished tomorrow and put on eBay. The one that you see displayed here, "Guest Parking," is one of my latest favorites. I'm really enjoying the strong shapes and patterns of the horses and riders silhouetted against the sky, and I really am digging the slouches. These three young ladies were exceptionally self-conscious about the idea of being photographed in such a casual pose, so I told them that I was photographing their horses and they left me alone! Was that unethical? Yeah, I thought not, either. Anyway. This piece, which is 75% done will go on auction tomorrow with a reserve unless it is purchased beforehand. You can do so by clicking the link above or on the image itself.

Even more exciting stuff tomorrow, I promise, including a cougar art card for charity! Whoo hoo! Hold onto your seats, folks.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


"Just Jump" - 24 x 48" acrylic on canvas
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"Bella" - 12 x 12" acrylic on canvas
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"Antioch" - 16 x 16" acrylic on canvas
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I think you can probably tell by my offerings that I was at a horse show all weekend. Two of these pieces were completed at the horse show and the other (Bella) was being held until after the horse show as a portfolio piece.

All of these represent a different direction for me, which is exciting because I love to experiment, especially when it goes well. With these pieces I worked with wild colors and vivid underpaintings; in many places you can see bright green poking through or blue dominating a shadow. The effect is dynamic, active, and contemporary. I wish I could tell you exactly how many people came over to my booth and exclaimed over "Just Jump" as I was painting it. At four feet long, this painting really has presence, and the contrast between the white background and the colorful horse is rather staggering in real life. I'm just an eensy weensy bit pleased with myself over all three of these. Can you tell?

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A Friesian Horse and Another in the Carytown Series

"July Colors" - 6 x 6" acrylic on canvas, fourth of Carytown series
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"Niall" - 11 x 14" colored pencil on colorfix paper
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Well, today was another day at the horse show, and I put the sizzling day to good use. In between watching western pleasure and trail classes (very peculiar things to a girl who has ridden English her entire life!) from my booth, I put the finishing touches on Niall, a colored pencil piece on black paper that I've been working on for awhile off and on, and on July Colors, the fourth in the Carytown series. I actually did another little 6 x 6" commission piece of a one of the horses at the show as well, but as the thing was handed off to its eager owner with barely dry paint, I didn't take a photo. Moral of the story: you can get a lot of work done when you're stuck in a 10 x 10' space with nothing better to do.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Summer Spectacular Horse Show

Well, today was an interesting day in the world of Maggie. Today was the first day of the Fireworks Summer Spectacular Horse Show at Rose Mount Farm, and I had my booth of horse portraits set up there. As you can see above. I spent the day sweating (it was 98 degrees), painting (see that big horse there at the bottom -- that's what I did!), and sweating some more. Oh, and securing commissions. I also got some other paintings in the works to add to the Carytown series, but I don't imagine that I'll be listing anything on eBay until tomorrow at the earliest and Monday at the latest (it's a 3 day horse show).

But I didn't want anyone to think that I'd been snoozin' on the job! And if anyone out there is looking for a horse commission, better ask me fast as I'm about to have a lengthy backlog! Stay tuned . . .