Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Not a horse but has hooves!

This will hopefully be the first of many blog entries I make, I'm new at this, and need to keep doing it to learn. I am a scenic artist by trade, and every once in awhile I get a really fun project. I've always loved the life sized fiberglass painted ponies. I got a dream come true somewhat when I was given a full sized fiberglass buffalo to paint- and the design was pretty much up to me to create. It is for a corporate party by an energy company that specializes in natural gas, their logo is green and two shades of blue, light and dark. So I painted this fella with blue and some green flames. The body was to be left white for the over 4 thousand employees to sign. No- it's not a horse, but it has hooves, and I had to share. Maybe someday I WILL get a horse like this to paint! I'd like one for my front yard!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

This is "The Battle of Strength and Wisdom" I'm also hoping to have it finished in time for the exhibit. I'm sorry it's hard to see the full composition in this photo but it's a battle of two Pegasus. I'm covering the horses in Great Horned Owl feathers. I'm excited about how it's turning out. I'm working in
graphite, charcoal and colored pencil on medium surface paper 9"x12".

Here is the Centaur drawing I'm currently working on "Early Morning". I hope I will have it finished in time for the upcoming IEA exhibit! This one is charcoal and graphite on textured paper 50x70cm. It has has been a lot of fun and I can't wait to get the forest in behind her.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mornings With Sam

Just off the easel: Mornings With Sam. This one is colored pencil on colourfix paper. Sam was rescued from slaughter by Pure Thoughts Horse and Foal Rescue and adopted by a good friend of mine.
Hi - I had some 'mytime' today and worked a little on Kinnersley
I worked on his head a little and bridle.  I am really happy the way its coming along and have the perfect frame ready for it if this is the one I submit to the exhibition.
I have also been working on a  presentation that I am giving to Hornsby Art Society and Young Turf Club in May that shows how I painted "Mother and Daughter" - the painting that won the 2011 International Inglis Art Prize.  That should be a lot of fun.
The next shots I take will be under the studio lights so will be a lot more photo real and some more detail will come out.
More soon - - - cheers  Kristin


email  kristin@kristinhardiman.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A pencil portrait in progress

Thanks Debbie for the invite to add some work in progress .....

This is the start of a pencil portrait that I am thinking of submitting as an equine pencil portrait for a show that's coming up.
A lot of my friends like seeing my paintings and drawings develop and have asked that I post them up - so here is my first.
It's of a 5yo brown thoroughbred named Kinnersley that raced at Warwick Farm in Sydney Australia on Saturday 18 Feb. I loved the look of him after the race with all the muscle definition and veins showing from the race.
The race was won by another beautiful bay called Hardbreak Hotel trained by Guy Walters. It was a great day at the races  - perfect weather and nice people.
I will post another image when I have progressed this one a bit more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Work in progress

Im a Chip -Work in progress

Having been working on pop art pieces for the last few weeks its been lovely to start a new equine commission... Im enjoying the challenge of this piece with the harness and background.

For those who regularly follow my work will know that backgrounds are something I don't often include in my work.. This commission however needed the background to tell the story of Im a Chip's win..

Im a Chip

10" x 14"

Catherin McMillan

Original artwork for sale
Commissions accepted worldwide

Payment plan offered
Gift certificates available

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Dales Pony Stallion Two , equine charcoal drawing by Carol Engles

10 x 14 charcoal on paper.



California Abstract Artist Carol Engles

Friday, February 10, 2012

Night Descent from Snowy Mountain by A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Night Descent from Snowy Mountain
by A Texas Artist Laurie Pace

18 x 27 inches Oil on canvas

Thick palette knife build up of color and paint in this unique
horse painting capturing the descent of horses from the mountain top.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


And now for a touch of the equine and a lovely break from all those pop art pups..

Freckles is a private commission for a birthday gift.. I enjoy the challenge of all those spots and making sure the hair is travelling in the correct direction..  Horse coats seem to have hair going all directions.

Thank you Nikki for commissioning me to immortalise Freckles for you


14" x 21"
Private Commission

Catherin McMillan

Original artwork for sale
Commissions welcome worldwide

Payment plan offered
Gift Certificates available

Pay pal accepted

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Billy and his harem

A pasture trio, featuring my semi-retired OTTB Billy right in the middle. This oil painting is from a photo I took in 2010 right after I moved him to a new barn where he had to find a way to integrate himself into the herd. There were other horses in the pasture at the time, but they were all shunning him. He decided that these two mares might make good friends, and the "caretaker" pose he adopted with them caught my eye even as he was being rejected by the other horses.

As a landscape artist, I was also intrigued by the play of light on the background trees but that part of the painting didn't come nearly as easily as the horses. I am, however, happy with the result. This painting will be accompanying me to an upcoming venue, the Michigan State annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo, where I will be displaying it in my booth.

Billy and His Harem
Oil on Canvas by Alli Farkas
16" x 20"

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Start of the ‘Cowgirl Series’ by Debbie Flood


Braiding under the pine 1 Large Web view

Braiding under the Pine

5 x 7 Watercolor $100.00 no frame or $275.00 with a frame. Plus Shipping.

Canyon Solitude web Large Web view

Canyon Solitude

7 x 5 Watercolor, $100.00 no frame, or $275.00 with a frame. Plus shipping.


Canyon wedding Large Web view

Canyon Wedding

7 x 5 Watercolor, $100.00 no frame, $275.00 with a frame. Plus shipping.

A few weeks ago, I had a thought to create some small paintings of Cowgirls of all ages doing various things with their horses or ranch life.

So far, I have created these three little gems! I really like them a lot. I have created them, using my own photographs as reference and the Canyons and rocks that I had experienced when I went out West last Summer.

I especially enjoyed painting the latest one, Canyon Wedding. I love a challenge with my watercolors and creating that sheer see through effect of the white head gear and the piece draped over the horse’s withers, was a very fun challenge.

I have packed and shipped out two large paintings to the Moreno Valley Arts Council Winter Exhibit, in Angel Fire, New Mexico. That exhibit runs February 14- 21, 2012.

Back to the drawing and painting table for me!

More works in the making and more exhibits to enter and Galleries to send work to.

Have a great weekend, coming up! Go Patriots!

~ Debbie