Thursday, July 31, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Dreaming about Gold"
I recently participated in a fund raising auction for ex-race track horses that have been rescued or re-homed to find a new career after racing. It was held locally at Remington Park racetrack in OKC, and after some thought, I decided I wanted to be a part of it. This painting, a popular pose I revisit often, was my contribution. I will be sure to paint more of these, I just love that vertical headset with cascading forelocks.

 visit me at: jonellemccoy.com

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"Itch"
"#22 June 22nd" (Summer 2013 60 Series)













I invite you to stop by during First Friday in the Paseo of OKC August 1st from 6PM till 10PM at the Contemporary Art Gallery for their "Oklahoma Art Great and small" show where I have entered for sale and exhibit the acrylic paintings "Itch" and "#22 June 22nd" of the Summer 2013 60 Series. This is my first exhibit participation with the Oklahoma Art Guild, and I'm pleased to be a part of this membership.

For more info on the OAG- visit them here: okartguild.com

visit me at: jonellemccoy.com

Summer Pony Mixed Media Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace



Summer Pony 
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size:12 x 24  Mixed Media on Canvas. Sold


Mixed media several seasons ago.  This too was one of those Roads Once Traveled that you can never duplicate. With the difference mediums I used, there was a hope and a hesitancy as I watched to see how things would combine on the surface and if they would stand up to the final varnish.  I did not want to even sell this one, but it is sold and in a happy home.

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.  Psalm 119:105


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "My Many Roses"
A very dear and long time friend commissioned me to do a family portrait for her mothers birthday, but with a twist. I was to paint her mother, her daughters and her grandchildren all represented as horses. And on the more realistic side, not my usual approach, no stylized lines. It took me a long time to complete since I gave it a little attention each day, but finally came to completion. Her mothers middle name is Rose, and she loves roses, so I added wild roses as the backdrop. Each horse has the coloring of the person- blonds, brunette, auburn and eye color of each family member too. I saw a photo of her after she'd unwrapped it, and knew by the joy on her face I'd done a perfect job- a unique gift given with deep love, and done in a way to please a mothers heart.

visit me at: jonellemccoy.com

Monday, July 28, 2014

A special thank-you portrait by Alli Farkas

Yesterday was the third and final performance of the Rockin’ Riders dressage quadrille and the other three of us had decided that our quadrille leader, Kim, deserved some really cool recognition for her efforts. She came up with the theme, put the music together, choreographed the entire thing, made the costumes, and put up with the three other “boss mares” in the group who all thought they knew (but didn’t necessarily know) what they were doing. The result was pretty spectacular as we resonated with every judge we appeared before, and brought two of them to tears!

We decided one of my small Aquabord™ paintings would be the perfect gift.
Now for the hard part–the logistics of getting the source photo. We wanted a nice action photo of Kim’s mare, Sydney. But it takes more than just the photographer to stage it. A “chaser” is quite helpful. But the situation of keeping it a secret from Kim, meaning she shouldn’t be at the barn, and a willing “chaser” also being available somehow did not present itself, and time was running out. Kim had mentioned a while back that she would someday like a full-size oil portrait of Sydney, but we hadn’t done anything about it. Last Tuesday we were both at the barn quite early in the morning, and I quickly thought I would pretend that I was talking about her plan for a portrait, and mentioned that I had my camera and why didn’t we see if we could get something interesting. The plan was to wait till all the mares had been sent out to pasture, then let Sydney stew in her stall a while until she was really anxious to get out there with the rest of them. I would wait at the end of the lane leading to the pasture for her to come charging at me and get as many photos as possible as she flew by. It worked like magic.

I only had four days to get the painting done, but got ‘er done in two. Some kind of record for me, but then I had never had to rush one before either. We presented the portrait to Kim after our performance yesterday and the usually reserved Kim was visibly moved. That was enough reward for us–just to know that she realized how grateful we were for all her time, thought, and efforts.
Here's Sydney racing to meet up with her herd mates

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"A Soldier's H'art"
Ever so often I feel like having a bit of fun by painting my horses on heart shaped flat canvases. They are only 5 1/2" wide/tall, and though tiny, some have a lot of depth of character. This one in particular came out very strong, and I felt he was a brave horse, a warrior, a hard worker, loyal and had the soul of a soldier. Since they all have the word twist I love to do as part of the title- H'art - this one is called "A Soldier's H'art" This is one I would have been just fine with it not selling, but that didn't last- he's gone to his new appreciative home.

visit me at: jonellemccoy.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

As an owner of a gaited horse breed, the paso fino, I am used to the rhythmic sound that my horses feet make when ridden, they have perfect cadence and the sound is sweet music to my ears, and the ride to my comfort. I love to use words in unconventional ways as part of the appeal of my paintings, and this solo show is no different since you would think of a music name as rhythm and blues, my show is called "Rhythm and Hooves". This set combines a mix of music and music/dance themes portrayed by my painted horse creations. Pictured is "Duet" 20x16 gallery wrap acrylic. If you're in the Shawnee, Oklahoma area for First Friday September 5th when the show opens, be sure to stop in at the Sweet Earth Studio starting at 5PM and let the melody of hoof beats stir your soul! 

 Visit me at:  jonellet-mccoy.squarespace.com

The Beta, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

© Laurie Pace2014

The Beta 
A Contemporary Horse Painting 
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 20 x 30  Oil on Canvas. Sold


Such discovery fun.  Creative play. Painting full of joy.  I could make hash tags on all of these:  #discoveryfun, #creativeplay, #paintingwithjoy,

The Beta is power and strength. The Beta has many things woven across it surface and joy literally bounces from side to side. Yes, I have said this often this week, A road traveled but once.... but I did do another one similar that was larger.... two in fact and they all turned out with different personalities.  Beta I believe sold from my Jackson Hole Gallery, The Rare Gallery.  Abstract Horse Painting FUN!



The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Museum Exhibit: The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul. IEA Signature Member Exhibit August 3- September 28, 2014

IEAInv Large Web view

WHAT:

Opening Reception, Artists will be in attendance

The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul

A Signature Members exhibit for the Institute of Equine Artists

The public is invited to attend

Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres

WHERE:

International Museum of Art (IMA)

1211 Montana Ave.

El Paso, Texas 79902

915-543-6747

WHEN:

Opening reception: Sunday - August 3rd, 2014 2-4:30 pm

Exhibition concludes September 28th, 2014

The International Museum of Art is proud to present:

The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul is a Signature Members exhibition of Equine Art in different media forms.

Founded September 16, 2010 by USA Equine Artist, Deborah Flood, The International Equine Artists was formed for artists who enjoy creating the horse in art. The group started out as a handful of equine artists from the USA, Canada and Australia, who wanted a place to network, share, and have an online community and professional presence. The Organization is based in the USA, but to accommodate those two other Countries, "International" was added to the Business Name. As the group became more popular, more artists from many different Countries around the globe requested to join. The membership has blossomed into a wonderfully diverse group of artists.

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART CONTACTS:
Carolyn Casarez, Director
Oscar Navarro, Community Engagement Manager
iavatx@aol.com

915 543 6747

www.internationalmuseumofart.net

All Works are for sale through the Museum.

Participating Signature Member Artists:

Carol Walker, Sue Kroll, Nancy Christy-Moore, Deborah Flood, Carole Andreen Harris, Helen Bailey, Debby Thomas, Jonelle T. McCoy, Thomas Allen Pauley, Kenna Al-Sayed, Bonnie Hamlin, Susan Monty, Mindy Colton, Laurie Justus Pace, Patricia Griffin, Judith Johnson, Yvonne Kitchen.

http://www.internationalequineartists.com

 

~Deborah Flood IEA Administration

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"Abayarde Puro"
Today I'll keep it short and sweet. I am helping a good friend by caring for her horses and farm so she can enjoy time away with friends, and I'm limited on what time I have in my day for all I do since it's a 2 times a day commitment. Thinking about vacations makes me think of places I'd like to go, and one is Puerto Rico, a home where my chosen breed, the paso fino, was bred. I was commissioned by a lovely lady to do her uniquely marked and colored paso fino stallion, the love of her life other than her family. I was more than happy to oblige her, and her gorgeous stallion Abayarde Puro has been immortalized. Maybe someday I can visit her and see that gorgeous place!

Visit me at:  jonellet-mccoy.squarespace.com

Florida Sunrise Painted Ponies by Texas Artist Laurie Pace, Contemporary Horse Paintings


Florida Sunrise
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

Florida Sunrise by Laurie Pace

 Size: 15 x 30  Oil on Canvas.


My cousin was here from Florida with her lovely granddaughter. We spent time all over Dallas and also time with the guitar, harp and in the studio painting horses. From our trips to the beach in Florida, the blues of the water and the brilliant blue skies and bright yellow sun plays through my memory bank providing colors for this Painted Pony Pull. 

It is unusual because it is the count of 8 ponies and I usually paint odd numbers.  Just seem to fit better as I worked across finding horses in the paint. 


His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.  Habakkuk 3:4 


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"Water Gets You Rett"
Going to revisit one of my personal favorites, "Water Gets You Rett". This was a resulting painting from a P2P (photo to painting) contest I had with paso fino breed friends. The theme was paso's and water. I knew the moment I saw the photo that inspired this that that was the one I'd do- it was such a strong photo to me. I greatly enjoy having it hang in my art room, I don't tire of seeing it there.
Having those contests, and I've had quite a few in the past, did several good things. It created a cohesive camaraderie amongst the breed enthusiasts, sharing photos created excitement and pride for the photo submitters, I got a following and happy collectors, and freely given (with permission of course) many great reference photos. If I had more time, I would do another P2P again, maybe soon? Guess I'll use the time I have until then to come up with a theme.

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Horse 56 Ode to Joy Contemporary Horse Paintings by Laurie Pace


Horse 56 Ode to Joy
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

Horse 56 Ode to Joy by Laurie Pace

 Size:8 x 10  Oil on Canvas.


This painting is thick.  It is really thick. I have some additional close up images on the main website if you want to see them. I loved the way the colors blended throughout the background and in the center of the horse. His head is tilted up to feel the sun on his face in the early morning cool breeze. The grass is wet and covered in dew and the day has just begun. 

Do you stretch in bed and feel this way sometimes? Eager to get up and start your day?  That is one wonderful thing about life, we are not 'stuck' to a time clock, but we still stay responsible to what needs to be accomplished in our lives. What brings your joy to the surface? Mine is the early morning sunrise.

He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth. 2 Samuel 23:4

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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© Graphics One Design 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

"Time to call it..."


There's an amusing meme floating around the internet.  Well, amusing to us artist types, at least.  It goes something like:

The Creative Process
1.  This is awesome
2.  This is tricky.
3.  This is crap.
4.  I am crap.
5.  This might be okay.
6.  This is awesome.
(Thanks to the wonderful Raven Quinn for posting this again.)

I think we all have variations on this theme.  For instance, about 70% of the way through most paintings, I decide I am a miserable failure at art and should give it up, sell my paints, and become a dental hygienist.  The fact that I am totally grossed out by people's teeth/ eaten food/ touching someone's face and STILL default to dental hygienist shows the depths of my desperation.  I'll interpret that as step #4 on this list.

Very, very rarely, a piece of artwork bypasses 2-5 and stays straight on "awesome" all the way through.  Those are rare gifts indeed, and should be regarded with equal amounts suspicion and gratitude.

And then there are the others - the ones that never get past #3.  Or they make it past #3, go to #5, and then go straight back to #3.  What to do with those?

In my case, they stay in my studio closet for a long time - sometimes months or even years.  Rarely, I break down and throw them away.  But usually they sit there, stacked in amongst other works 'in progress" and cause great vexation when I guiltily flip past them.  "Can I do something with this?"  "Is it salvageable?"  "Stuff like this makes me think I should have been a dental hygienist."   They're the paintings that had a great premise or spark of an idea, and then derailed somewhere along the way.  Maybe I went with the wrong color palette.  Maybe the composition wasn't as strong as it could have been.  Maybe the stars weren't aligned properly.  Maybe I just don't have the skill to pull this off yet.

Most of them get at least one more chance.  And some of those "second chances" get pretty inventive, like grinding off layers of paint, or going all cad red all over the place, or gallons of turpentine upended over the canvas.  Desperation = invention, right?  Sometimes that's the unconventional spark needed to pull something out of nothing, create order from chaos.  And sometimes it just leads to a puddle of turpentine, paint as red as blood, and bitter, bitter tears.

Today, two paintings are headed to the trash.  I'm feeling badly about it, because I think they are both interesting ideas that could be really great artworks, but... it's not happening.  It's just not.  Well... I might just scrape some paint off that last one...

Here's a few of the "problem children" that sat in the closet for months, or three years, in one case, before I was finally able to pull them out and do something with them.  Worth the wait?  I think so.  What do you think?
"Forward"  oil on canvas © Joanna Zeller Quentin 2014.  All Rights Reserved.
"Charging Forward" oil on board © Joanna Zeller Quentin 2014.  All Rights Reserved.
"Rollback"  oil on canvas © Joanna Zeller Quentin 2014.  All Rights Reserved.

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"Perigee Moon" 36"x36"x1.5"
I've been itching to try the new acrylic spray paints in conjunction with my acrylic equine artwork. I'm not unfamiliar with spraying, I've done airbrush and used spray paints at my scenic art jobs for over 20 years off and on. But not for me, not for my paintings. The painting "Perigee Moon" is my first large equine work using them- it's 36"x36"x1.5" gallery wrap in acrylic. Last year the huge Perigee full moon in the summer just entralled me. I had to get that vision down. Took me almost a year, but there it is. I am very pleased with the outcome. Enough so that soon I will have a run of limited reproduction prints made. When? That's TBA. This painting was done specifically for the exhibit "The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul" held in El Paso at the art museum. I have 3 acrylic paintings entered in total.       
"Perigee Moon", "Zero to 60", and "Break Free" are available for sale, if interested, the Museum will be accepting inquiries starting on August 3rd when the exhibit opens.

WHAT:
Opening Reception, Artists will be in attendance
The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul
A Signature Members exhibit for the Institute of Equine Artists
The public is invited to attend
Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres
WHERE:
International Museum of Art (IMA)
1211 Montana Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79902
915-543-6747

WHEN:
Opening reception: Sunday - August 3rd, 2014  2-4:30 pm
Exhibition concludes September 28th, 2014

The International Museum of Art is proud to present:
The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul is a Signature Members exhibition of Equine Art in different media forms.

Founded September 16, 2010 by USA Equine Artist, Deborah Flood, The International Equine Artists was formed for artists who enjoy creating the horse in art. The group started out as a handful of equine artists from the USA, Canada and Australia, who wanted a place to network, share, and have an online community and professional presence. The Organization is based in the USA, but to accommodate those two other Countries, "International" was added to the Business Name. As the group became more popular, more artists from many different Countries around the globe requested to join. The membership has blossomed into a wonderfully diverse group of artists.


INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART CONTACTS:
Carolyn Casarez, Director
Oscar Navarro, Community Engagement Manager
iavatx@aol.com
915 543 6747

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

"Zero to 60" 24"x30" acrylic
This particular painting was an early larger canvas, and not one I liked immediately. I set it aside for 3 days because of frustration from the lack of satisfaction. I had tried some new methods for the design, and added a lot of color. Surprisingly to me this was a well received favorite that for a while hung in our home as my husbands then favorite. I had it framed and it was shown, doing well placing first in it's class.
It was entered and accepted into the all equine art show in El Paso, at the Museum of Art. I am excited for Zero to be seen at this exhibit.

Zero is available for sale, if interested, the Museum will be accepting inquiries starting on August 3rd when the exhibit opens.

WHAT:
Opening Reception, Artists will be in attendance
The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul
A Signature Members exhibit for the Institute of Equine Artists
The public is invited to attend
Please join us for refreshments and hors d'oeuvres
WHERE:
International Museum of Art (IMA)
1211 Montana Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79902
915-543-6747

WHEN:
Opening reception: Sunday - August 3rd, 2014  2-4:30 pm
Exhibition concludes September 28th, 2014

The International Museum of Art is proud to present:
The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul is a Signature Members exhibition of Equine Art in different media forms.

Founded September 16, 2010 by USA Equine Artist, Deborah Flood, The International Equine Artists was formed for artists who enjoy creating the horse in art. The group started out as a handful of equine artists from the USA, Canada and Australia, who wanted a place to network, share, and have an online community and professional presence. The Organization is based in the USA, but to accommodate those two other Countries, "International" was added to the Business Name. As the group became more popular, more artists from many different Countries around the globe requested to join. The membership has blossomed into a wonderfully diverse group of artists.


INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF ART CONTACTS:
Carolyn Casarez, Director
Oscar Navarro, Community Engagement Manager
iavatx@aol.com
915 543 6747

Horse 55 Night Appaloosa Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Horse 55 Night Appaloosa
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

Night Appaloosa  By Laurie Pace 
 Size:8 x 10  Mixed Media on Canvas.


I went back and forth on this Appaloosa Painting.  It is really much prettier in hand than in the image. Stop by my website by clicking the link above to see some close up shots of this painting. This is the second of two more realistic paintings I did this week.  The Appaloosa is definitely one of my favorite horses to paint.
Contemporary Horse Paintings.

Let the wise listen and add to their learning,

    and let the discerning get guidance— Proverbs 1:5

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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Blue Moon, 18x14, scratchboard

Who can resist a nice full moon bath?  
This little fella is basking in the glow of the cool blue moon.
18x14 scratchboard, tinted with acrylic inks, is available for purchase.
If interested, please contact me.  
Sue Kroll    sues.art@infowest.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Art by Abstract Contemporary Oklahoma Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

 
"Break Free" 18"x24"x1.5" acrylic

  As an artist it's an intimate expression to put yourself in your work, it's a story of who you are, who you strive to be, your secrets, your longing, your desires. It's bravery to show all these elements of yourself to the world knowing not everyone can decipher what they see, or relate to the emotions and meaning emanating from your artwork.
     To have a positive connection made by another person to our art gives credence, substance and validation to what you've done, to have someone be callous and critique negatively out of indifference, narrow minded views, or jealousy is probably one of the bigger challenges of being an artist. They say have a thick skin, realize there are far more positives than negatives; it can be tough to wear that armor when what you've opened yourself from the soul for all to see! So to have that happen and struggle with yourself over what to validate in your heart, mind and soul- the good- or allow the bad to win, takes work to break free of the dead weight. Be you, be true, be honest and the light will return. Just break free............ and be free........

     I am proud to announce that "Break Free" will be on display at the International Museum of Art El Paso starting August 3rd when there will be the opening reception from 2- 4:30PM for the all equine show The Horse; Spirit, Art, and Soul. The Museum is taking inquires for sales on artwork starting on August 3rd. The show runs until September 28th.
  
International Museum of Art (IMA)
1211 Montana Ave.
El Paso, Texas 79902
915-543-6747
http://www.internationalmuseumofart.net/

Visit me at:  jonellet-mccoy.squarespace.com
    

Horse 54 Summer Twilight, Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Horse 54 Summer Twilight by Laurie Pae

Horse 54  Summer Twilight
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 9 x 12  Mixed Media on Canvas Board


Always fun to do mixed media pieces. This has in the background pages from a western novel. Over that are rubbed layers of glazing and then acrylic on the top surface. I only do a few of these with a touch of realism to offer something other than abstract.  Maybe these horses will be more collectible because they are rare for me...who knows.  If it calls to your heart, visit the site on the link above to see if it is still available. Contemporary Horse Paintings.


But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16

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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Horse 53 Summer Sun Waterhole a Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Horse 53 Summer Sun Waterhole by Laurie Pace


Horse 53 Summer Sun Waterhole
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size:8 x 10  Oil on Canvas.


We finally hit the 100 degrees last week and there is no escape. Then we had rain and 65 degrees.  This week it is back up in the high 90's again.  This is what prompted this painting...the summer heat. There is only vivid bright shades of blue sky, red eyelids when you close your eyes to the brilliant yellow sun... and a tiny bit of green grass in the shade. Couldn't have captured it any better in this contemporary horse painting. 


And I saw something else under the sun:
In the place of judgment—wickedness was there,
    in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
Ecclesiastes 3:16 


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Laurie Pace
A Texas Artist 


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