Sunday, August 31, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


© "Native Rain Flyer"
I painted this when Oklahoma was in severe drought and horrid unrelenting heat, day after day of over 100 degrees. I had tried all the usual to get some rain, laundry, washing the truck and leaving the window open, dancing out in the yard- nothing worked. So I took it upon myself to paint my plea, a painted paso fino with symbols I felt spoke of rain, and a Phoenix bird to transform the earth from dry to wet by taking the message of need to the heavens from whence rain falls. Amazingly it WORKED! It sold right away, and it was a continued miracle because the Oklahoman who bought it also got rain. Now we are in desperate need of rain here where we live. So dry, and things are dying. Hope it works again soon! "Native Rain Flyer" is done with acrylics. Sold.


Jonelle T. McCoy
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


© "Sailors Delight"
This golden palomino painting makes me think of my father since he was in the navy, and taught me as a child the rhyme about red sky at night, sailors delight, red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. I painted this deep gold palomino in the rich red light of the evenings setting sun, the "Sailors Delight". This acrylic 20"x 16" is gorgeously set off framed in lovely bronzed stars just past the thin white stack frame and finished off on with the deep red wood patterned outer frame. This golden paso fino painting is available through my home studio for $375.00 plus shipping.


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


© "Toronado"
Commissioned portrait of a beloved Peruvian paso gelding. These regal and proud horses are a relative of the paso fino, they are smooth gaited but move a little differently. They come from Peru.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Paintbrushes and Polo Wraps, Watercolors and W-T-C, Oil Paints and Neatsfoot Oil.


Paintbrushes and Polo Wraps, Watercolors and W-T-C, Oil Paints and Neatsfoot Oil.

Someone asked me who I wrote this blog for - what collector or internet browser or customer was my "intended reader".  I write it for all of you, and I write it for myself.  I write it because it's a great visual aid to chart my progress, to compare notes, to observe and remember certain event, artistic milestones, and random thoughts.  And I write it for the horse crazy barn rats I see every weekend - the little girls who (like me at that age) would rather clean a saddle than their room or study Centered Riding instead of math homework.  I spent as much time as I could at the barn, getting up early on weekend mornings to hitch a ride in with my dad at "OMG, that's early" o'clock.  I spent hours grooming, tacking up, cleaning (always so much cleaning!), and riding.  And when I wasn't doing any of those things, I was watching.  I watched every lesson I could, and learned early on that you could get almost as much out of a riding lesson while perched on the rail as perched in the saddle.

It wasn't until much later that I realized all that watching and touching and doing was actually teaching me something more valuable than how to properly clean a bridle (woe to the person who doesn't completely disassemble the thing), wrap a polo (thanks forever to Mel S for making me roll and wrap one perfectly 15 times before I was allowed to actually "wrap legs"),  pick out feet, watch for colic signs, mix a bran mash, or do any of those thousand other small things that add up to good horsemanship.  It was teaching me to SEE and pay attention to detail.  It laid a foundation for what has contributed greatly to my career as an equine artist, and by far the most common comment I hear from people, that they buy my work because it is "correct" and still artistic.  Having tacked up a horse thousands of times means I know where breastplate attachments attach, and which side the elastic girth sits on.  It means that my bridles are properly adjusted, my reins are held properly, and my rider's heels are down.  My horse's legs are clean, their muscles are in the right spots, and their pupils are the correct shape (not round!)  These things are small on the face of it, but in a piece of artwork, they speak volumes of the artist's understanding of the subject.

I write this blog for one more person.  I write it for the little girl (or boy) out there somewhere who loves horses and loves to draw, and isn't quite sure what those two things will lead to, but chances are it might be something great.  I've got news for you.  It IS great.  Just keep on drawing.  And watch those heels.

Here are the two most recent pieces to come out of my studio, both done on spec and both done for professionals.  (Confession - the bottom piece isn't QUITE done yet... but it got done enough for the deadline on Monday.  It will be finished soon.  For real.)
"Momentum - portrait"
Watercolor on board
© Joanna Zeller Quentin 2014.  All Rights Reserved.
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"Rateable - WIP"
India ink on board
© Joanna Zeller Quentin 2014.  All Rights Reserved.
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Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


©"LARGO!"
The fastest and most ground covering gait that the paso fino horse executes in the largo. If you like the wind in your face- this speed will do that for you and all the while with a smooth gait. It is a thrill to ride this speed. This was a snapshot capture of one beloved paso fino moving in perfect gait in the largo speed. Can you feel the wind in your hair? I sure do! This portrait is sold.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

I call this one Cindy on her Horse
Here's one of my first commissions of a ridden paso fino. I will say right up front people are not my forte- but this woman rider horse portrait combo result not only pleased me, but made the consignor happy and the recipient who was given the painting as a gift happy. I have done very few human portraits, I find my voice is much louder and far more satisfactory when spoken through the horse. But I will admit, her smile in this painting is what we paso fino owners refer to as the "paso fino smile". Yeah, the ride is THAT good. Smoooooth............

 
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


© "White Chocolate" sold
Here's another in the more abstract style with the thickened paint applied then moved around some. I was very pleased with the way this one turned out, so dynamic, so dramatic. I absolutely LOVE white chocolate but don't eat it anymore since it's really not at all good for the body and system, but I remember how it tastes, and it's creamy smoothness. I love milk chocolate too, but only eat dark chocolate now for it's healthy benefits. So with this painting it was more a feast for the eyes, not the lips. This is sold.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


© "Black and White with Red"

I did this painting some time ago- it was more a playful, experimental exercise that I felt good about when done. I have created a few in this particular style, but not for awhile. Maybe I should give it another try since I've been feeling an urge to do something different than my line style lately. Maybe after I finish up the works for my solo show coming up September 5th. That has most of my focus right now.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Oklahoma Grass Fire"
It's so very hot here where I am in central Oklahoma, the days are hovering just at or near 100 degrees during the mid day. It stays warm all through the night. We are so dry, no rain has fallen here in awhile. I see the grass dying and worry sometimes about the grass fires that can spark up in these kind of conditions. A few years ago when the heat and drought were relentless, there were terrible fires, homes and farms destroyed. It was frightening. I painted "Oklahoma Grass Fire" as a way to express my feelings. In the meantime, I will pray for rain. Could be here if we're lucky mid week.


Jonelle T. McCoy
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "24 Carrot"
This is one of my favorites that I've done using our paso fino stallion Adonis as the inspiration. This magnificant specimen has been a muse for my artwork and is featured in one way or another in many of my works. This was auctioned off at my Sweet Valentine solo show at the Sweet Earth Studio in Shawnee, ok with the proceeds going to the Shawnee Historical Building fund. I'm glad it's local, all I need to do is ask the collector if I could see it and enjoy it in person again. It has gold bronzing powder in it that the camera doesn't pick up very well that accents it gorgeously.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Goldie's Pain"
Goldie was a gorgeous palomino dun paso fino mare I used to own. She amazed me with her self confidence, steady and sturdy personality, and giving heart. She was a natural leader and did her job with a quiet yet strong presence that just a look or a twist of the ear would speak volumes, she used as little of her power to rule as possible. She had a benevolent position. I envisioned her as a tough and hard working cowgirl who'd wear jeans, T's and boots with a bandana around her neck. When she had a bought with founder, a painful hoof issue, she tried to stay strong but it was obvious she hurt. It was a long road to recovery, but one that she did with bravery and an accepting manner. I was so distraught seeing her pain I painted what I felt. "Goldie's Pain", is an emotionally charged acrylic that shows the circumstance in stance and expression, but exudes strength even still. This 20"x16" on standard canvas is for sale.

    
Jonelle T. McCoy
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Wintertime (the Sleigh Horse)" SOLD
Yesterday I joined in the fun and worthy cause of the ALS ice water bucket challenge. It was invigorating and refreshing actually on such a hot day as we had in Oklahoma- fact is these are the dog days of August, it's going to be hot, hot, hot for days to come. So in keeping with a cool idea, ice bucket/cold and chilly, I am sharing an early and first of a series, the Seasonal series, a frosty cold acrylic named "Wintertime (the Sleigh horse)". This painting stems from a memory of a sleigh ride in deep, very cold winter in Quebec, Canada at a family dairy farm. It was bitter cold, and snowing, biggest flakes I'd ever seen. Enjoy, and I hope this cools you if you are in a hot climate area like I am!    

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Color Pencil Art By Jodi Bauter



I just had to share my latest work. I call this piece: HiJinx! It is finished in 
color pencil. I don't have prints yet but I hope to very soon. I just love the colors 
and how it came out. I worked on this for such a long time. I almost put it aside
never to work on it again but I pushed through. I'm so glad that I did! I am still 
fairly new to color pencil so it takes me awhile to finish a project like this. I am 
going to get this matted and framed soon as well. Hope you enjoy it! 






Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Blooming Everywhere" SOLD
Though I like to work with earth colors a bit more in the last year or so, the bright, vibrant colors still have such an appeal to me, and with the rainbow of colors in this equine painting, I was reminded of a garden in full bloom with a profuse array of gorgeous colors rioting for attention. I used the Liquidtex soft body paints for this, those colors are so wonderfully saturated. "Blooming Everywhere" sold immediately after it's public release.


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

part of "Lullaby" painting
While working on my upcoming solo show September 5th at the Sweet Earth Studio in Shawnee, Oklahoma, I'm going to show little sections of paintings- spoilers in a sense, until the time the show opens when I'll reveal the set as a whole and complete.
The name of the show is "Rhythm and Hooves" with a theme of music and dance. One of the quieter and more relaxing pieces takes us to a grassy field with dainty purple flowers where a foal sleeps. This snippet is from the acrylic painting "Lullaby". I enjoyed this one especially for the calm feeling I felt while working on it. I absorbed and released the quiet, centered and at peace emotions while working on this little baby. All cares evaporate when you see this little ones innocence.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Tina Marie de Vez"
Yesterday was a pretty hot and humid day in Oklahoma, the kind of day that if you were going to be outside, swimming would be a great way to beat the heat. I've always wanted to go swimming with a horse, the opportunity hasn't presented itself yet, maybe someday. That idea made me think of a commission portrait I did of a lovely palomino paso fino mare splashing around in water. The acrylic painting "Tina Marie de Vez" resides in Florida, where the water looks so inviting to swim!
 
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Deep in it" sold
Seems like the world is a troubled place anymore, whether you look at it in a micro or macrocosm. There are days when I can brush it off and forge on, but there are days, and sometimes longer, that the weight seems harder to handle. Everywhere you look, there's something happening that causes strife and stress. So where do you go, what do you do to escape the madness? I have found my release in my art. It's not always the perfect panacea, but it's a world I create, that I have somewhat a measure of control over. Been a rough stretch of time for me lately, and what I see and know that's coming concerns me- so I have paint, brushes and canvases lined up as my fighting front line. I've chosen "Deep in it" for today, full of the depths and eddy's that can hide rip tides. Got to be strong to not be swept away. 
 
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Amazed, Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



Amazed

  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size:36 x 40  Oil on Canvas.
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It took awhile to get this where I felt in sync with the process and the lower layers bleeding through. That is how life is. Where we have been is always apart of who we are today. This is available on my website above.  Vivid contrasting colors in this contemporary horse painting bring it to play a strong point in any room.   Some close ups. Click on them to see the layers beneath.





And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit  
Ephesians 1:13

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Pas de Deux"
Here's another one from early in the development of my line style, I studied different colors and types of marble for inspiration with several in this set, and with this one I wanted the contrast of light and dark lines. Whereas one of the paintings painted resembling marble colors was named after the type of marble, I named this one after a dance, the pas de deux, a dance of two. This acrylic canvas has been sold.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© Macchia Vecchia Marble Horse"
Here's one from early in the development of my line style, I studied different colors and types of marble for inspiration. I fell in love with this one, it remains one I often go back to look at to discover it all over again. Sometimes that how a relationship can be, you look again at your partnerships and enjoy them all over again bringing the fine emotions back up to the surface. This acrylic painting is sold. 

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Colorful Contemporary Horse Art Equine Painting"Sun Drop"by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

72"x24" Oil on Linen -Available

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10% of the profits from each painting are donated to Conservation.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

part of "Flamenco" painting

While working on my upcoming solo show September 5th at the Sweet Earth Studio in Shawnee, Oklahoma, I'm going to show little sections of paintings- spoilers in a sense, until the time the show opens when I'll reveal the set as a whole and complete.
The name of the show is "Rhythm and Hooves" with a theme of music and dance. One of the more exciting pieces is to represent the energetic, sensual and passionate dance called the flamenco. This snippet is from the acrylic painting "Flamenco". It has acrylic texture medium and gold mica accents.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Been There... Completed Contemporary Horse Painting by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Been There   © Laurie Pace 2014
Been There 
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size:30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.


It is finished... I can say I have been there officially.  The composition of this painting literally grew from the story that I felt in my body of the daily movement of the world and the sun and moon.  Inside that is the movement of each of us... routinely doing the same thing over and over again.  You have been there I am sure!

This contemporary horse painting uniquely captures that moment that you realize it is time to do new things and bring new moments into your lives.



I denied myself nothing my eyes desired;
    I refused my heart no pleasure.
My heart took delight in all my labor,
    and this was the reward for all my toil.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done
    and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind;
    nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 2:10-11


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Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

I'm wearing a t-shirt given to me for an equine art festival that was held in Upstate NY this summer. I would have been able to participate if I'd been there in person, sure wish I'd gone since another trip I'd planned on since last year didn't pan out. I would have been able to show some of my art and see family, a huge bonus! I have been a supporter of this venture since I heard of it, and hope to be able to join in next year in person, but possibly even if I can't go. I'm holding the acrylic painting "Duet" in my "Rhythm and Hooves" theme solo show coming up September 5th at the Sweet Earth Studio Mingle Gallery in Shawnee, OK. Behind me are two of my paso fino's, Pocket and Karma.

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Progress on Been There, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace



Progress Been There
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size:30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.


The patterns have begun to establish themselves on the surface. The strength in the horses neck is evident by the color choice. I am an artist that goes after 'contemporary horse paintings' with brilliant colors. 

I had hoped to finish to post but taking this composition slowly as it develops and not rushing the energy. I want the painting to evolve naturally.  You can see the rough music through the layers of oil paints as I progress into the next layers of paint. Still caught up in the 'been there' as I think more of the sun and moon and the daily journey and how our lives are totally situated around this natural happening of day into night repeated to what seems infinite or until the sun bursts and flares out leaving the earth cold and dead. 



What do people gain from all their labors
    at which they toil under the sun?
Generations come and generations go,
    but the earth remains forever.
The sun rises and the sun sets,
    and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
    and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,

    ever returning on its course.
Ecclesiastes 1:3-6

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Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

 © "Live Again"
My heart is broken on hearing the news of Robin Williams death. From what responses I've read, his passing will have a deep impact on the nation, and I can't imagine the pain his family must feel if we, who only knew him from what we saw of his work, have tears in our eyes and profound sadness to have lost such a talented and brilliant actor and comedian. I painted this canvas as a memorial to my young niece who passed unexpectedly earlier this year like Robin did yesterday, so I want to share it again for expressing my pain of loss. I'm sorry you felt you had nowhere to turn Mr. Williams, may God take your soul and keep you safe from what torment your spirit suffered. We will miss you Robin- so very much........

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Been There, Contemporary Horse Paintings by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

Been There    ©Laurie Pace 2014


Progress Painting Been There 
  ©+Laurie Pace       Graphics One Design 2014

 Size: 30 x 40  Oil on Canvas.


I am constantly looking for neat things to mount as the foundation of my contemporary horse paintings. I came across a CW book of older music and chose the Clint Black song "Been There".   I shredded it and glazed it onto the canvas.

"did you ever wake up in the middle of the night"
"did you ever wake up in the middle of the day"
"did you ever wake up in the middle of a dream"

Those were the lines that struck me as I worked... and as you can see there are spheres in the painting... When you think of how "rote" our days have become... Work, Drink, Eat and Sleep... and do it again the next day. Both Parents working, children in day care.... everyone forgetting how to live... how to be alive.  We have all BEEN THERE.

So the painting has a strong horse prancing with the sun and moon revolving... like they have 'been there' forever each day.  
Watch for the finished painting tomorrow.

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

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