Wednesday, March 08, 2006


Thanks to my friends who've inquired about me being MIA. I've been getting lemons on a silver platter, hence my disappearance, but I have been attempting to make lemonade from them. I just finished this one now -- a portrait I did on a whim. The horse is named Misha and is an Arabian gelding owned by Belinda. I took a small downloaded photo and worked from that. It's on an 8" x 10" wooden panel. Frankly, I'm amazed. I was one of those annoying teenage girls who spent my entire school day doodling horses in the margins of my notebooks, but I haven't so much as drawn a stick horse since the 1990s, let alone paint one. Who knew it could be such fun?


Blogger Joyce said...

cyberspace has seemed eerily quiet, the past few days. Maybe people further west are out planting flowers already?

8/3/06 11:55 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Aww, there you are! So glad to see you back. You musnt' leave again without notice! Heehee. Beautiful horse painting. I too loved and rode horses as a little girl.

8/3/06 12:57 p.m.  
Blogger Caroline said...

Just wow!

8/3/06 2:29 p.m.  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I am also amazed. I really love the background and I like all of the highlights... looks really alive.

8/3/06 3:18 p.m.  
Blogger carla said...

I just knew you were up to something! This is one magnificant strong and glossy! I love the blue highlights I can see in the larger version. This is a big WOW! Andrea... and I'm glad you're back:>

8/3/06 5:12 p.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Joyce: we have cherry blossoms, daffodils, and more. The crocuses and snowdrops are past. But it rained sleet today! :(

Andrea: Thanks for asking -- you must be a really great mum! :)

Caroline: Wow! I got a wow!

Brian: Thanks.

Carla: This only took 4 hours strangely enough. I've been sweating blood over a triptych for days now, though. Results soon I hope.

8/3/06 7:02 p.m.  
Blogger kyknoord said...

A horse is a horse of course, of course. 4 hours? That beastie was obviously eager to come out.

8/3/06 9:58 p.m.  
Blogger megg said...

Beautiful! You have so much talent!

9/3/06 2:46 a.m.  
Blogger Belinda said...

Well, natch, I love it...DUH. I will say that his mane was actually all the way down past the point of his shoulder, like 2 feet long at the point, in those photos, but since you were working with what you had, Misha says he will let it slide. ;-)

Seriously, he is the most beautiful thing. I've done several portraits of him myself, in ink and graphite. Never color, though. I always wanted our hair to be the same color, and never was able to pull it off! It's 15 years we've been together now, as of last month. *sigh* The time. She flits away.

9/3/06 4:42 a.m.  
Blogger Mick said...

Oh my! A very strong piece - it looks like the sort of painting that Lucien Freud would do if he did horses instead of people.

9/3/06 5:01 a.m.  
Blogger Nan said...

Sorry about the lemons! I've missed you, too, so glad you're back. The horse is beautiful... full of strength and spirit.

9/3/06 5:38 a.m.  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow - I am so impressed - it looks awesome!!! Hope you get inspired to paint more. Its funny my dad ran a very successful company for almost 40 years, is completely colour blind, since he retired he started painting, but I swear each pice is more awesome then the next. Some people just have the talent inside them until they unlock it, guess you and he are like that. Well done!!!

9/3/06 6:53 a.m.  
Blogger Twisselman said...

Great painting. That lighting in the green background really sets off his profile.

9/3/06 7:36 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I left you alone, I figured if you wanted to talk you will. Glad you are back! This horse is amazing! Just cranked it out huh? The post above is so nice! Your son sounds like an amazing person! How wonderful for you and your husband, I'm sure both of your sons are great people because of both of you! I have that book too and I have always loved it

9/3/06 8:24 p.m.  
Blogger christina said...

A gorgeous painting!It doesn't surprise me one bit that you'd do an incredible job capturing the spirit of Misha with manage to capture the spirit of all wild things beautifully.

10/3/06 8:34 p.m.  
Blogger The Daring One said...

I hope you're doing okay. At least you know you're not alone. I can hardly talk to someone or read a blog without finding some sort of major trial or minor drama. I hope yours was the minor kind and will be leaving soon.

11/3/06 9:12 p.m.  
Blogger Monkey Freak said...

That is a good horse.
Nice job.

14/3/06 4:32 p.m.  

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