Back ground coming along. I just love the fall colors! We do not get much of that here in Florida… probably why I like this background so much! You may also notice that when doing this drawing I tried to mark some of the white in this horses dapples. He is a really beautiful animal… but those dapples are going to drive me to drink!! My friend Bob, who owned this horse at the time, mentioned to me that he had a special horse he wanted done while I was at this horse show in Va.. While visiting with a friend under the main tent, we saw this magnificent dappled gray horse coming up to the ring. We could not see the rider because of the other tents. My friend commented that I should take a photo and just do a pastel of it… I of course said "NO WAY! All those dapples will drive me crazy!" And then it occurred to me that it might possibly be Bob's horse… sure enough! I walked out and there was Bob sitting on top!! The only thing harder than a gray dappled horse is a bay dappled horse… you have to be much more subtle with the bay to get that richness.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Here is my next progression… I took the photos in Virginia while at a horse show in july… it was 104 degrees in the shade!!!! I was so surprised to get any decent photos. Everyone (I mean everyone!… canine, equine and human!) was panting. I did not even want to take photos!! I managed to get these guys though. The portrait was commissioned by a friend. He did not want the horse show grounds for the BG. But did want it to look like the hills in Va. This BG is actually from the Tryon, N.C. area… close enough!! Love doing the purple/blue hills!! I have used this exact BG in 2 previous portraits… I guess it is one of my favorites!!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
But first I want to share the 2014 calendar cover for Danny and Ron's Rescue. I do this for them every year. They are wonderful people and great friends! I believe this is the 5th cover I have had the privilege of creating for their cause. To date they have found forever homes for over 5300 dogs! I have also completed a christmas card for them. But they have decided to wait until next year to market it. It is my first Christmas card attempt and it was lots of fun! I will be very curious to see how it does. A lot of their big donors had already purchased their cards for this year… so they opted to wait. They are also going to sell it by the box of 10 at their horse shows. I will post it here next!!
This cover is from their little pontoon boat that they have down in Wellington, Fl. And as usual, I packed it with their dogs and a few visitors. I took the photos on the lake behind their house last april… always a good time!
If you would like to purchase a calendar, go to their web site…
They are $25 each or 4 for $80 each… they make a great stocking stuffer… the months high light dogs that have found their forever homes because of them!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Petey Done!…. sorry for being such a bad blogger! Went to a big family wedding and have been off track ever since. Picked up a couple of commissions along the way…always a good thing! And now trying to get back into my routine… although I can not seem to remember what that was!! I was busy working on the calendar cover for Danny and Ron's Rescue before the trip. And I also did a Christmas card for them this year and a logo for the humane society that they work out of in Camden,S.C.. BUSY! Although they are going to hold off the Christmas cards and promote it next year… a lot of their big donors had already ordered their Christmas cards for this year… so it was decided to save it for next year where they will have more time to market it properly… I will post them here though!!.. next blog!
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sunday, September 1, 2013
I have also been working on the 2014 calendar cover for Danny and Ron's Rescue. The iPad and it's brilliant new Spider Arm has come in quite handy. I took some photos of it in action.... I can't show the calendar cover until the first of Oct... when it comes out! But you get a little sneak peek here! Also a glimpse into my studio...