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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Am I Permitted to Say I Like Them?

This was supposed to go at the bottom of the post, but ...
Life ... painting going well, riding not so much. I finally had a lesson, after a few months without. I thought we were doing well. I could afford to "show off" a bit. But as I've said before, horses always bring you back to ground, to reality. I had been riding him at too fast a rhythm. It's easier to ride, but not desirable. It does not allow nor encourage the horse to push off from the hind legs properly, and use the back well. Riding in a slower tempo, more powerfully, has the horse using its back so much more - if you look closely, you can see Bruno's back slowly vibrating. It is a STINKER to ride. Following Bruno's larger movement, translated to my body, has me moving all over the place. I look like the Energizer Bunny up there, arms and legs wubbling all over the place. What it means is I am going to have to get much stronger in my core. 
At least the painting is going well ...


"I Got Spots"
I have darkened the eye a bit, to bring more focus to the head, and I have added a ground by dry-brushing along the bottom. It looks finished, and I actually like it [and you all know I am hard to please with my paintings].

"Struttin'"
This one I have taken as far as I can take it without mucking up the feathers. I have done some direct glazing with a thin mixture of a dark brown to suggest form shadows - any more, and she will look like a very cross wet hen.


  As always, your comments are most welcome!





16 comments:

  1. You may not realize this,, but we think your art work is beyond perfect-- there is one word for you and your magic paint brush.
    It is splendorious!
    love
    tweedles

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  2. Oh these are so beautiful kathryn! My computer is on it's last leg so I can't watch the video, but I wish I could!!

    I really love that sparkling light on the chicken, gorgeously captured!

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  3. For some reason I couldn't play the video - But the paintings are coming along beautifully :0)

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  4. LOVE the video!!!! Lots of property to gallop away!!
    You should be very proud of both these paintings, Kathryn!
    Great job.

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  5. What a beauty this chicken ! Its feathers are incredible.
    Good job on the both.

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  6. Your paintings make me happy inside to view. They are charming, peaceful and have a 3-D glow about them. You should be well pleased. As far as riding, I am at a loss. I am that girl who wanted a horse growing up, had them in my dreams, seriously, and still dream on occasion I have a horse, I have a horse, but alas awaken to realize ... only in my dreams.

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  7. What a treat to see that video of you and Bruno! I see only the perfection of the connection between you and your wonderful horse! And both paintings are lovely - is it any wonder that your like them?! I love them and that Swedish chicken has stolen my heart!

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  8. Re your title: You are. And you should. And I do too! Excellent work!

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  9. You are doing just fine I guess, because I remember not lasting even ten seconds on a horse. LOL. By the way I love that chicken. It is so good. Almost alive.

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  10. AMAZING! i thought you just jumped up and hung on!! so much more involved and so perfectly cool to see! thanks so much for sharing your passion.

    and these paintings are sooo wonderful gunkie! the hen has really, as one comment said, stolen my heart. it is perfect in every way. movement, placement, palette, simply perfect. one of my favorite of yours.

    and thank you so very much for the incredibly generous comments left on Morning Walk. i appreciate them so very much!

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  11. I really love the chicken, the feathers are so striking ! And how lovely to see you sitting in the saddle looking like a queen :-)

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  12. oooooo! Love your work! SO GLAD I stumbled onto your blog :-)

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  13. Great paintings. The little one looks so frail and helpless and ready to follow the instructions from the Struttin Lady!

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  14. I didn't realize there was so much involved with riding. It does look like fun though. I love your pictures, they both have so much life to them.

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  15. De kip is prachtig geworden en je paardje ook van paard rijden heb ik geen verstand maar het gaat erom of je plezier heb en volgens mij is dat aanwezig toch lieve groetjes Danielle

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  16. Hello Kathryn:) Wow, you are really showing off on Bruno. A beautiful couple you guys are! Your painting is so lovely Kathryn and very well painted. Soooooo cute:) I love the long legs of the foal, exactly like they have. Beautiful!!

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