Love and Photography

Love and Photography

Painted Ponies

03 December 2013

“I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up. I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain. I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions. Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace.”     — Linda McCartney

“I don’t even like old cars. I’d rather have a goddam horse. A horse is at least human, for God’s sake.”   — J.D.Salinger

From the first horse coloring book I had as a little girl, I was in love with horses. 

Artists throughout history have looked to the equine form as embodying beauty, power and grace; tracing their outlines on cave walls and carving each muscle into marble, paying homage to The Horse for representing a free spirit  and for carrying us all this way. 

This collection of over twenty images features horses from a ranch nestled at the foot of the Wallowa mountains in Joseph, Oregon.  Although it’s been many, many years since the last time I’ve ridden a horse, the same feelings of awe at the beauty and sheer size of these noble beasts came back to me at once while in their midst.  The smell of hay in the clear mountain air, the warmth of the summer sun and the texture of barn wood inspired the layering technique I used to create these. Each image is underpainted with acrylics before transferring the photograph to the birchwood panel. After a few coats of varnish the photo becomes translucent in the highlight areas of the image, allowing the underpainting and the wood grain to show through. Further sanding and painting  enhances color and brings forward texture.

Please join me December 10th from 5-8 for an evening of wine and art at Sidecar11, 3955 N Mississippi Ave. 

Horse images