Sunday, March 11, 2012

More inspiration from our walks

"Casting Shadows", 5 x 7, oil on panel

What is it about long shadows that is so intriguing? I guess that it is because it puts more drama into sunlight. It breaks up the visual space into so many cool abstract pieces. I am working on several 
5 x 7s gearing up for summer shows. Wouldn't it be nice if I just had to keep doing loads of them because they were sold. That would be a nice problem to have.

"Red Weeds", 5 x 7, oil on panel

Another one with those rickety fences that are so prevalent here and that have such character. I have another 5 x 7 in the works with one of them in it. You will see it soon.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

More Gypsy Horses

"Nibbling", 9 x 12, oil on linen panel
(C) Eileen McConkey 2012 

Once again this one shows how much I am drawn to the dramatic light and the close-up and different poses. I think I do the close-ups because I really would love to be eating that closely with them. I want to be touching them so I guess that I want others to as well. It helps me to have a more complete experience of them.

"In Mama's Shadow", 9 x 12, oil on linen panel
(C) Eileen McConkey 2012 

This one is not a close-up but I was really struck by the way the sunlight seemed to pervade all parts of the scene - even into the shadows, thus the lack of stark contrasts. I just don't see how gypsy horses and highland cattle can see with all of that hair in their faces.

I have joined an on-line group on Facebook called Equine Artists. There are some pretty amazing artists there - some mediocre ones too I must say. I am always pushing to be above the mediocre ones. Sometimes I am better and sometimes I wonder. Such is the psychological life of an artist - at least me as an artist.