Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
A couple of young bachelors square off in a friendly sparring match. This piece is a mix of oil pencil, pastel and conte crayon, size 18 x 24" on pastel board. A Christmas commission. Shhhhh........
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Clifford and Trudy spend a day romping at the beach on Drummond Island, with Rip and Aunt Vickie and me. Clifford enjoys the sun, sand and the beach grasses, but not nearly as much as he enjoys mugging for the camera!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Here's the outline.
Blocking in some highlights.
Now adding some more color details and highlights.
The finished painting. You can really see the soul in this old man.
Friday, November 20, 2009
On Nov 14, 2009, my horse Clifford auditioned for Late Night's "Stupid Pet Tricks" by painting a portrait of Dave. Clifford is an abstract artist specializing in watercolor. The casting agency did send the portrait to the the Late Night studio. If nothing else, we hope Dave was flattered by Clifford's vision of him... Even if Clifford doesn't think he is funny.
Clifford auditioned for "Stupid Pet Tricks" and Channel 6 sent me the news clip. When I approached the casting agent after the audition, I held up the portrait Clifford had painted, and asked, "Do you think Dave would want this?" She said they would send it to his studio along with the tapes. The guy who chewed the top off of the aluminum can overheard this. He came over, held up the mangled can, and asked, "Do you think Dave would want this?" She said, "No, I don't think so."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
When we arrived at the auditions, I spent a little time warming Clifford up. He was acting like he didn't really feel like painting. I urged him to find his muse.
I decided to put him to work, making him concentrate on other things besides his art. We did some walking in the parking lot and even some longeing.
He was earning some clicks and apples but his efforts were pretty half-hearted.
He just wasn't into his tricks like he normally is. I was a little worried that he might not paint at all.
We had set up the table with Dave's portrait in a frame. When the crew started filming, Clifford marched right over to the table with me, grabbed the sponges and did a quick painting of Dave.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Nearly seventeen years ago I was adopted by a very special red Somali girl. Pepper went on to be the calmest and most reliable of all show cats. My little sister Amanda handled her. I remember one occasion where, on the way up to a ring, Amanda dropped her. She just stood there, until I scooped her up (I was carrying another cat, probably Etee) and plunked her back into Amanda's arms. Pepper just wasn't rattled by anything.
She was an excellent mother. Her own mother was named, "Lynn-Lee's Thanksgiving Parade", and Pepper continued the holiday tradition. Her daughter, Foxbrush Holiday Rush, now lives with my friend Kari Selinger, and her granddaughter, Foxbrush Lacy Valentine, lives with my friend Cindy.
The cat showing and breeding world was an interesting one. It was really the only common interest shared by my ex husband, and I stayed with it a lot longer than I wanted to, for his sake. A good thing did come out of it though, in the way of a book called, "My Best Cat." It's disguised as, "A Furry Murder Mystery", but is really a character study on the personalities that frequent cat shows.
Pepper died today as she had lived, peacefully and with great dignity. She is the last of my cats, and her passing marks the end of an era. She will be missed.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
It took some coaxing to get him to work today. He just didn't have the muse. I think it was due in part to the humongous new round bale he has had his head jammed in since last night.
The textures on this one are from a new type of sponge, which Cliffy didn't seem to fancy. He did better when we reverted to the old, smaller square type. Anyway, I think this one looks rather springlike.
"Bear Foot" -- this is one of my favs.
This is the first and only painting (so far) where Clifford has used his hoof to move paint. Part of this was done with a sponge, but you can see the swipe marks from his hoof. I was going to offer this one for sale, but Dad pointed out that this looks like a horse! I can clearly see the head profile and flowing mane. So now, I have to keep it.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Clifford and I were asked to play the Headless Horseman for The Haunting of Wellington Park in Grayling. Aunt Vickie dressed me up in a black leather coat and ski mask and gloves. Clifford was waiting very impatiently tied to the trailer, and I came out in my Horseman garb, jumping around, shaking my fists at him and trying to look like the boogeyman. He wasn't scared. He was, however, interested and thinking something exciting was about to happen.
When we arrived at Wellington he remembered the place from last summer. He was feeling so good he even did his nice collected canter. He used to be able to canter almost in place, springing off his hindquarters like an upper level dressage horse. However, he has not been doing that over the past few years due to his knee problems.
I wasn't sure how I was going to carry a pumpkin successfully, as I have enough trouble just staying on. Anyway, Clifford as usual served up a couple of his vintage surprises, including rolling a Jack-O-Lantern. He was clearly having the time of his life. The Haunting didn't begin until nightfall. We had one small section of road to blast along and try to scare people who were walking through the woods.
To my surprise, once it got dark, Clifford refused to run at top speed. There were deep water puddles in the road, and it was overcast and dark, and I couldn't see. I knew he could. However, for once in his eighteen years, pragmatism took over and he just decided that it was safer to stay at a nice steady trot, despite my hysterical laughter and yelling like a banshee. With various groups of families coming toward us including little kids, I have to admit he was right.
Friday, October 23, 2009
These lovely dogs were quite a pair. They belong to a friend of mine, Laurie, who also has Morgans. She wasn't sure about this photo as something to work from, but I just loved it. It is very natural and so unlike the "posed" photos so often used.
This is pastel, conte and oil pencil, 11 x 15", on black charcoal paper.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I'm trying something new! Here is a video I took while painting one of my commissions, a watercolor of Comanche. I turned it into an art lesson, revealing some of my secret watercolor techniques. If you like to paint, or just like watching the creative process, this might be for you.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I finally finished my ebook. The Mental Obstacle Course - Dating a Narcissist “When your dog is less self centered than the man in your life.” This is a dog trainer’s perspective, explained as an amature behaviorist would view it. There are helpful hints for recovering from the painful experience of being with a narcissist.
I know there is plenty of good information online about narcissism, free of charge. I strongly encourage you to learn all you can about the disorder. Since part of this ebook is my own personal story, and I have been in a financial crisis due in part to a narcissist in my life, I will try to recoup some of what I have lost by sharing it.
I wish you peace, healthy relationships and happy tails. ~Nancy
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
"Clifford: The Horse Who Carries Me" is a 30 page ebook about the new adventures of Clifford, available for only $3.00. I offer this with the common knowledge that unfortunately, Clifford’s family has fallen upon hard times. Clifford and Trudy have been displaced, and are in the care of some of my trusted friends. For the first time since we came together, I will not be living with my horses.
I think of Clifford as, “The horse who carries me,” in more than just the physical sense. Over the years, he has been a source of constant inspiration, comfort and hilarity. I have been truly blessed to have him in my life. These stories are a compilation of what was to be included in the third part in the series of Clifford books. They feature recent photos, including pictures of the watercolors that Clifford created. I’ve decided to publish what I have as an ebook, in hopes that the future will hold more opportunities for many Clifford stories.
For more information, visit http://www.e-junkie.com/cliffysmom
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Now I haven't done any dog art in awhile, since I ran my "heart horse" special. I am trying to catch up on some commissions before I run my up and coming Christmas special offer.
This is Jolee, a corgi... One of my favorite breeds! About 9 x 12"