Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trigger Is Off and Running ... Well, Walking Anyway ...

Lucy on the left, Desi on the right, last December.
I masked out the pinkish strip down his nose, and the trailing ends of his mane, and started in with  a thin w/w glaze of burnt orange, pink, and indanthrone blue.

I've glazed a bit more on the muzzle, and roughed in the eyes.

More detail work on muzzle.

The reference photo shows him as pretty much white, grey and black. I'd like to bring some subtle colors into the shadows, and carry them into the background. I may have to walk down to visit Trigger today, and make some notes.

I prefer this sketch, and I'll probably do something with it later, just for fun.

As for the farm, it was quite chilly last night - around 7 C, and there was a heavy ground fog this morning. The swallows have left the barn - I miss them. 

Thankfully, I put Bruno's winter blankie on last night. He's been shedding like mad for the past month, and the new coat is coming in darker for the winter, but not too heavy and long yet. It still gets into the mid-20's C during the day.

I have a photo of my sister's Boxers at the top of this post [couldn't add it to the bottom]. These are the two that I dog-sit when Denise goes away on business, so I spend a fair bit of time with them. A few days ago, I was very upset to find out that Desi has some growth around her heart and lungs. I was visiting my sister and the Girls on Sunday, and hand-feeding Desi peanut butter, as she has almost completely stopped eating. I really am upset, as they are such sweet and loving dogs with such wonderful personalities. And my sister is a basket case; these two really are her "children". We'll all know more this evening, whether she can have surgery or not.

As always, your comments are most welcome!


  1. I'm so sorry about Desi. I hope you get good news.

    When I first saw that top photograph, I thought oh Trigger is a dog; strange name. I'm glad to see he's a horse. White horses are hard to do--values are rough if a background, other than the sky, is being considered? You've got a good start though. Knowing you, you'll work it out just fine.

  2. Oh my goodness, I'm praying for the puppy!!! How sad!!!! My heart goes out to you all.

    On a happier note I can't wait to see your horse painting progress, you do fabulous horse portraits and sketches, I can tell that you have a lot of passion for them.

    Carrie Waller

  3. Kathryn, I hope something works out for the best for Desi; I know how much I love my dogs for they are my children too. Thank you for commenting on my blog about our area's Art on the Farm. You mentioned you haven't missed yours in ten years. Good for you! I really like your new beginning on the horse portrait. You are so talented!

  4. Oh no! Poor Desi:( I hope there can be something done for her. Please keep us posted.
    Your painting has a beautiful start to it, as always.

  5. I know this painting will come out great! White means you can play with all the subtle colors...
    My heart felt wishes for Desi,too.I sincerely hope that there is some cure for her problem.

  6. Wow! The horse is really beginning to come to life! Amazing!!! I really hope that Desi is going to be alright. My fingers are tightly crossed :0)

  7. Hello my friend. Really sorry for Desy, hope she will be fine. Your horse portrait is surely going to be another knock out, the sketched one is great. xox

  8. I came by visitng -trying to get caught up and saw this sad news about Desi. I am so sorry. I know your sisters heart is hurting and yours is too.
    Gosh--- I am sending all the love I can.