Tuesday, June 28, 2016

What I'm working on now....

 I was planning on doing a floral still life next however, I've decide to paint a white horse first.   I haven't done a horse yet so I am excited. ( I've done a zebra ) When these ideas pop into my head I need to go with them.  It  will be a similar composition as my black bear.  I love to pair the contrasting  backgrounds with the solid focal point. I'm working on 16x20 surface.


 
Dominant white Thoroughbred stallion
White horses are born white and stay white throughout their lives. White horses may have brown, blue, or hazel eyes. "True white" horses, especially those that carry one of the dominant white (W) genes, are rare. Most horses that are commonly referred to as "white" are actually "gray" horses whose hair coats are completely white.[1]
Throughout history, white horses have been mythologized in many cultures. For example, Herodotus reported that white horses were held as sacred animals in theAchaemenid court of Xerxes the Great (ruled 486-465 BC),[26] In more than one tradition, a white horse carries patron saints or the world saviour in the end times, including HinduismChristianity, and Islam.[citation needed]


     

    Monday, June 27, 2016

    "Meet Joe Black-Bear" New painting


    Completed on June 27.  Pandas, Polar, Brown and  Black I've painted one of each now .   This is my  latest piece which is 16x20 on a cradled wood panel with painted sides.   Thanks for stopping by.  This painting is for sale through my website.  
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    Friday, June 24, 2016

    What I'm working on...


    Here's a peek at my latest painting.  I am in animal mode.   
     Earlier this week, my neighbor required my assistance in rescuing a robin which had become caught in some fishing line.  The string was tightly bound to it's delicate feet.   While my neighbor held this beautiful  bird,  I very carefully snipped around it's little feet.  It was amazing to see a wild bird up close for me.  
    A few weeks earlier on my way home from visiting Sam,  3 baby ducklings ran across the busy  road without their mother obviously off course.  I stopped,along with another woman,  and  we brought them back to the pond and waited a while but the mothers was no where to be found.  An  owl and then a blue heron flew by it was dusk so rather than leave them we brought them to the animal hospital. Inspiring but nothing to do with bear right? 
     Bears are on my list of favorite creatures especially to paint. Since I've done a few brown bears I felt like painting a velvety black one.  I love that splash of tan on the nose. It's a fun piece . 16x20 

     It's been a long time since I have mentioned Sam my son who is now 22 and living in a group home the next town over. 
    I must report that Sam is doing better than ever before.  He had been through some really challenging times last year and I am so grateful for his improvements.  I still continue to make all his food  since his special diet is so complex, which gives me great peace of mind.  Like my big sister told me yesterday -I don' t know what tomorrow will bring but for today I am happy and at peace for this day.  I wish you the same. 


    Sam last weekend 

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    True Love Waits- New painting -SOLD


    Completed on June 21- True love does wait. That can mean many things.  I will leave that up to the viewer.   This painting was a journey and a joy.  The photograph never quite captures the crisp details. 16x20 on cradled birch wood panel with painted sides.  Thanks for stopping by.  

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    The picture isn't always what it seems...


      I have been spending  a lot of time on this new piece and it looks like I will be wrapping it up on Monday now.    I try not to work on the weekends,  especially when the weather  is so amazing and  life is happening all around me,  but I just can't stop thinking about this piece! !  It is evolving into something very different then what it started out as, which is fine by me.  This is one of those paintings that has it's own agenda if you will. (By the way it's 16x20) There is still some interesting twists  yet to happen.   Stay tuned.  
    Thanks for stopping by.  Hope your weekend is great. 
    To be totally honest there isn't anything I would rather be doing then painting ........

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Where Are you Going? New Painting


    Happy Friday! "Where Are You Going?"  just completed this morning.  Don't you just love dachshund dogs?  They are a favorite breed of many artists and poets.  My little Theo made his way into the draw as well.  Swallows are a symbol of hope and care so I love to paint them.  This piece is 12x16 created on a cradled wood panel.  I especially love the colors and highlights.    On another note thought I'd share "Where I am going tomorrow"-  my oldest son is getting married in the fall and tomorrow is the bridal shower so I am happy to be finishing up early today! Have a wonderful weekend. 
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    Thursday, June 2, 2016

    Hollywood Glamour- new painting now available


      Completed on 6-2 Hollywood Glamour. When ever I see this breed of dog I think Hollywood. Some grand dame would have an Afghan dog well groomed walking down Rodeo Drive! I actually did a commission a few years ago of two Afghan dogs for a client from New York City. This was a fun piece to create. It's 16x12 with painted sides. Thanks for stopping by View On my website
    www.catherinenolin.org 

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