Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Colorful Contemporary Horse Art Equine Painting "Dew Drop" by Contemporary Animal Artist Patricia A. Griffin

16"x20" Oil on Linen -Available

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Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "My H'art Leapt"

I found these small heart shaped canvases at my favorite art supply store, and I immediately knew I would enjoy painting little equines on them. They are made of very stiff pressed cardboard that is about 1/8th inch thick and have canvas on both sides. They are within a 5 1/2" square measurement in size flat. I create these with my line style in acrylics. I call them my Horse H'art Series, and I try to incorporate the word h'art in the titles, sometimes as it is spelled as part of a word, sometimes used phonetically. In the coming weeks as we get closer to Christmas I will be starting to have giveaways for my fans and collectors, and there will be some H'arts in the mix. To get involved, join me on my Facebook art page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/McCoys-Gaited-Horse-Artworks/169933799699901

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Don't Break my H'art"

I found these small heart shaped canvases at my favorite art supply store, and I immediately knew I would enjoy painting little equines on them. They are made of very stiff pressed cardboard that is about 1/8th inch thick and have canvas on both sides. They are within a 5 1/2" square measurement in size flat. I create these with my line style in acrylics. I call them my Horse H'art Series, and I try to incorporate the word h'art in the titles, sometimes as it is spelled as part of a word, sometimes used phonetically. In the coming weeks as we get closer to Christmas I will be starting to have giveaways for my fans and collectors, and there will be some H'arts in the mix. To get involved, join me on my Facebook art page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/McCoys-Gaited-Horse-Artworks/169933799699901

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Wild Horses, Continued...Alli Farkas Horse Portraits

"Dare"--Watercolor on Aquabord™

"Defiance"--Watercolor on Aquabord™

"Pride"--Watercolor on Aquabord™

"Push"--Watercolor on Aquabord™

"Challenge"--Watercolor on Aquabord™
Five more small Aquabord™ paintings of California mustangs I was lucky to be able to photograph in the wild this past June. Got these done over a four-day draft horse show at Michigan State University. The Michigan Great Lakes International show is a huge event, and as soon as I can get all my photos sorted out I’ll post a few for your enjoyment. In the meantime, wild horses will have to do! At the moment, they’re all available, $35 each plus shipping. Details on my website, http://www.allifarkas.com.

Stall plaque by Alli Farkas Horse Portraits

Stall plaque, oil and acrylic on wood
A few weeks ago my friend Kim mentioned to me that she would like to have a large portrait some day, preferably as a wood stall plate. Well, we finally got it together after researching pre-cut wood surfaces and painting on wood, which I have not done before this project. It’s been a learning curve but it turned out to be quite a positive experience.

Kim likes knotty pine wood, and wanted the finish to be natural, not stained. So the finished piece has clear protective varnish on it. The lettering was a bit of a challenge. I decided to do it all by hand rather than try to cut a stencil or do any fancy laser work. I’m a craftsman, not a techie! I think the lettering looks pretty super–it’s all acrylic paint, even the gold drop shadow. If anyone is interested in using gold paint that looks like real gold, try Utrecht’s Artist Fluid Acrylics “True Gold”. The bottle was only about $4 and under the pigment list it says “true gold”! I have no idea, but it really does look like gold.

Even though the wood surface is sanded quite smooth, the brush resisted as it crossed the grain. I managed to get the lettering done but realized that painting the horse would be difficult on this surface. So I put three coats of sanded gesso on the oval where the horse’s drawing is and since that surface is pretty similar to the Aquabord™ I’ve been painting on for quite a while now, it felt fairly familiar even though I painted the horse with oils instead of watercolors.
The plaque itself is 19″ wide by 12″ high–made quite a statement when it was done!

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "Once Again"

I have been sharing with you the progression of the WIP painting "Once Again", and I finally have the finished painting to share with you. Unlike my flat lines paintings, the lines in this one are dimensional, and there is added acrylic based texture mediums added for further depth. Depending on how this painting is lit, will give it a slight difference in how it looks. It's slight, but interesting. I had so enjoyed doing this technique on another painting that I've definitely decided that this approach will be a part of my creations. "Once Again" has been painted with acrylics on a 16"x20"x1.5" gallery wrap canvas. It is available. Contact me for more info. 

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy


Screen shot of the 2015 Art Calendar cover- the real thing is much better looking. I'm taking requests for them now. Your calendar request must be pre-paid for me to add to the order count. I accept pay-pal (preferred), otherwise ask me about other payment arrangements. They are $28.00 each and in the US $3.00 to ship. They are 9" wide and when open, 22" long. Printed on glossy heavy card stock- no curling corners! Gorgeous rich color. Reserve yours today! Please email me with your request for how many, payment arrangements or with any questions. Thank you! 
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

 © "Beginnings"

I have been working on painting with the approach of my line technique somewhat opposite of my usual, instead of flat lines, this new way of creating uses texture and raised lines to bring to life my imaginative horses. Doing something new can be an enriching experience, or it can be daunting. I find the new path interesting, and inspiring. There is a spiritual energy that guides my efforts, and this painting evolved to show that relationship between myself and the canvas, and between the subjects in the painting and the viewer. Since trying this new way is somewhat in it's infancy, it's a new beginning, and the painting subject is also a new beginning, therefore I named it "Beginnings" for the mare with the new generation at her side. Her foal looks to her for guidance, support, love and acceptance, and she in kind radiates that loving energy all around and behind and above them both. The rays of white light shine down on the pair. "Beginnings" is acrylic texture and paint on a 24"x20"x1.5" gallery wrap canvas. It is available for purchase. Contact me for more info. 

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

WIP of © "Once Again"

I'm continuing to build on the WIP painting. This is day five of the acrylic painting Once Again. I continued working on the background, darkening the horses head and the leaping horse in the upper right. I blocked in the main horses mane. 

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WIP of © "Once Again"

Time to revisit my continuation of the WIP painting. This is day four of the acrylic painting Once Again. I moved from working on the front horse to the background, where I added a horses head and form suggesting a leaping horse in the upper right. I'm particularly pleased with the lower horses turquoise eye.  

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Painting on wood--a stall plaque by Alli Farkas

Final version of Sydney's stall plaque





I've been working on this experimental piece for a couple of weeks now, and thankfully I have a client who appreciates the uncertain nature of experimental creativity! I had never painted on wood until she commissioned this stall plaque/portrait of her horse, Sydney. So I had to do a little research about painting on wood, which isn't that odd a thing to do since sign painters have done it for centuries.

We found a nicely precut panel at a local craft store. It was already sanded and ready to go. Kim likes knotty pine, so the knots appealed to her rather than bothered her. My only job was to keep them from interfering with the composition.

I treated the wood as if it were a piece of masonite or other hard surface, laying down several coats of gesso in the oval portrait area and sanding them smooth. That enabled me to keep the wood grain from affecting the texture of the painted surface, which would be traditional artist's oil colors.

The lettering was, for me, a bigger challenge than the portrait portion. Since I am not a trained sign painter, any hand lettering done by me is going to have a slight degree of imperfection. But I found that happenstance to be rather charming, not detrimental. The biggest chore was figuring out how to get the lettering positioned and drawn as precisely as possible. Since I am not much of a techie, I wasn't about to figure out how to do some fancy laser-cut stencil. I settled for designing the lettering in Photoshop, printing it out at the appropriate size, then using some graphite transfer paper that I've had sitting around for years waiting for just such an occasion to trace over the printed letters and transfer them to the wood.

It worked pretty well!. I chose acrylic paint for the lettering because the flow quality of liquid acrylics makes them so easy to handle with precision. Using tiny brushes to make sure I stayed within my lines, I completed the black lettering and added a super realistic-looking gold drop shadow. I don't know what they put in the paint, but the label said "true gold" on the ingredient list! I also whispered a little "thank you Jesus" that I did not drip any paint on the wood on its way from my mixing palette to the lettering. That would have been a real mess trying to get mistakes off the absorbent wood surface.

So this is the final version, and after the paint dries thoroughly and it gets a few coats of protective varnish it will be on its way to its new home!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

#21

#23

#25

Today I'm showing you more of the smalls I have available. These would be great little gifts for the upcoming holidays, who doesn't like that special, one of a kind surprise? For your horse loving spouse, children, family away from home, friends, acquaintances, your barn manager, farrier- the list goes on. These are part of the Summer of 2014 60 series that weren't claimed, and with these, the gift keeps on giving since I donate $8 of each sale to horse rescue efforts. There is some money in the fund waiting to be donated, I'd like to see it grow a bit more to make the money I give go further.  They are all 6x8x1.5 gallery wrap for $68 each + shipping. 
These are going to be posted from earliest to latest, with 3 each post. So far #2, #5, #8, #13, #15 and #17 have been posted. Please feel free to contact me for more info, or to purchase. Thank you! 

Jonelle T. McCoy
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Art By Jodi Bauter: Foal In Grass, Watercolor and Ink


Matted and framed 11" X 14" inch, watercolor horse art. This is one of my original stylized stippling drawings, that is then painted in watercolor and ink. This artwork needs a new home.

It is available for sale in my Etsy Store



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Art by Oklahoma Abstract Contemporary Equine Artist Jonelle T. McCoy

© "BeCome a Survivor"

Last year I was commissioned by a fine lady who enjoys the paso fino breed like I do, to create an equine painting that depicted the will to fight and the hope for a cure for her breast cancer diagnosis. I painted this 8"x8"x1.5" gallery wrap acrylic with the horse looking forward and upwards, for belief that she would be ok, that she would beat this illness. I chose blues for a calming of frazzled nerves and pink for the passion that a hopeful fight brings. The horse is adorned with the signature pink ribbons that is symbolic of the breast cancer awareness in it's mane and hair that also sweeps up in the same direction as the horses steady and strong upward gaze, and there are some ribbons that can't be seen painted in the sides. I'm happy to report she is doing great- and I can only hope that this can be true for all women who face this devastating health crisis. I feel very blessed that my recent mammogram was clean and clear, I pray someday that this is the case for all women! Please feel free to share my blog to bring awareness to others. Thank you! 
PS I hope you noticed in the title of the painting my use of the capital letters B&C in become to signify Breast Cancer Survivor.

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