(Evening Piaffe, Oil on linen panel, 8"x10")
My specialty is painting horses, and this weekend I’ll be traveling to Portland, Oregon to one of the largest horse shows in the northwest, Dressage at Devonwood. I’ll be painting plein air at the show, trying to capture the atmosphere and beauty of the Rattner family’s fabulous facility.
Yes, painting horses while they are in competition is difficult -- it makes painting trees, rocks and hills look easy, because they tend not to move! It takes a great deal of practice to take a visual "snapshot" and transfer it through memory to the canvas. It also helps to have studied horses for years and years as I have, both as a painter and as a photographer. Although most of my studio paintings are done from photos and the occasional color study, the paintings that I will be doing this weekend will be strictly from life.
On Saturday evening, one of the paintings I’ve completed during the show will be auctioned off. All the proceeds from the auction will go to Susan G.Komen for The Cure
to to aid the battle on breast cancer.
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