The word "determination" kept going through my mind as I painted this--the horse was determined to lose the rider and the rider determined to stay on for the full 8 seconds! I don't really remember the result, just the lesson!
The scene of this little painting is at the Met in NYC. I was so struck by the light in this space--absolutely beautiful, lots of shadows and contrast. Too, I really noticed the contrast of the sculptures perched unmoving on their pedastals with the people walking through the place. Quite a juxtaposition of energies! I used a different palette of colors for this painting: yellow ochre, raw sienna, Indian red, burnt umber, ivory black, chromatic black and white. It's amazing the beautiful array of colors you can get out of that and almost ideal for this subject. I'm afraid my photo isn't picking up the warming tones of the painting--the lights have alot of warmth to them.
One of the things I love abouty Bend is the swans that live here. Everytime I see them on a walk, it just does something to bring the specialness of the day up a notch. This painting is in a lovely wood frame that looks like hammered copper. It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but I think this gives the idea.
I think I was about six when I received a paint-by-number set for Christmas--complete with the old enamel oils and stinky turp! I was hooked and have been painting and drawing ever since. Over the past 30-odd years of being a professional artist, I have primarily worked in relief printmaking, drawing and oil painting with an emphasis on landscape and figurative work.
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