Friday, January 25, 2013

"Abby Bell"

This past year, a good friend asked me to paint a portrait of her favorite horse. Commission pieces are always a bit nerve racking, as one hopes to come close to capturing the vision in your client's mind. However, I do love horses, and this painting turned out to be an enjoyable experience. Abbey Bell's owner enthusiastically said I had nailed her greater compliment to me!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bald Eagles in the Columbia Gorge

January brings frigid temperatures to our region, but it also brings the winter migration of bald eagles to the Columbia River. This particular eagle was fishing in the vicinity of The Dalles Dam. My husband, Dale, photographed it late in the day, the low sun back lighting the wings and body. In the resulting watercolor, my aim was to portray the strength and grace of these amazing raptors.

Friday, January 11, 2013

More Horses

This watercolor is called "Raising the Colors". It is a slice of life from our Fort Dalles Rodeo, a high point of The Dalles summertime experience. These gals and their steeds begged to be painted!

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Soft Spot in my Heart for Horses

Growing up on a farm allowed me to experience the companionship of horses. Although I longer have the pleasure of a horse in my daily life, but I will always have an abiding love for them. It is a joy to paint an equine subject, and really study their beautiful form. This painting is titled "Good Company".