Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Dry Dry Dry Out There!

Fire danger is and extreme thing in Northern Arizona during the late spring/early summer months. Everything is so dry and dusty. So when we planned our trip up last month ( to clean up forest debris around the house for fire prevention) we also planned a pick-nick but were prepared to stay on the numbered Forest Service roads only due to the stage 2 fire restrictions that were in place. That's fine with us, we still enjoyed the day out in the "cooler than the valley" weather, the pick-nick and silly family....

 No rain means the wild horses water at the stock tanks, making them easier to find. Here is this dark stallion again, the first one I shot last year. Last time he was with another stallion but this time he's got friends of the other gender. Funny, this is almost the exact same spot too. The haze in the air is from a forest fire miles away.
 Boys will be boys..who can resist a dirty face?? Not me, I like them like this lol.
 Apparently the Wild Iris don't need a lot of water to bloom, they must get it from the snow melt. Either way, they are beautiful to see.

This stallion is familiar.. he's the other bachelor that was with the dark one last year. Gotta say this guys made it "bigger" with several mares and foals. Although, his foals are ...homely. lol. 

 Awwww nuts.. 

 Silly Boy

Ya think this little buckskin and the bay are siblings? lol... 

So ended our lovely weekend.... I've many more wild horse images  to upload to my smugmug gallery for viewing. I will share a link when I've finished. 

Enjoy!!!! Later Taters.


"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ann.. I do love my UART!!

It's not a secret... I tell everyone who asks me, how much I love UART Sanded Pastel Paper (AKA simply UART to this artist ;) ) as my number 1 support for my colored pencil work.

I began using sanded surfaces made for pastels way back in the early 90's. I tried several but found they were fickle; they couldn't stand up to the pressure, they were weak or flaky and frankly, over all they were a big disappointment. Then I tried Wallis... I fell in love with Wallis for a while, but it was a short lived romance. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad, we had our moments! After all, I created a few of my major works on Wallis, like my "Shootin' The Breeze", but this support was needy. It was demanding. It drug things out and made me re-work it all the time. It was frustrating at times and well....we just didn't get along, I was falling out of love.
"Shootin' the Breeze" - Wallis

Then I had the opportunity to try UART. I had been looking for Ersta, and I was told at the time that UART was the replacement. So, when the opportunity arose I ordered my first UART. When it arrived I was eager to try it out, so guiltily I cut a small piece from a large sheet and I cheated on my beloved Wallis...

"Workin' the Strawberry Roan" was the result of my first encounter with UART, a little 8x10 colored pencil,

Oh! The guilt I felt! I was intrigued, how far could I go? I used UART again, and again, resulting in "The Boys of Summer",

"Sunshine, White Mountain Apache",
"Open Range",

Then it dawned on me that I loved this support, it was my new GO-TO. There was no more guilt! Wallis who??? I never missed those last 2 sheets of Wallis packed away in that box, I only had plans for one support and that was UART. UART was my new love, oh the things we could do, the works we could create! The 600 grit became my favorite, and still is today. This support is comfortable for me. It allows me to work the way I want to work, it's ok if I make major changes, or throw solvents or heat at it. It  have even scrubbed and scraped it (don't ask! lol), and while it might moan a weee bit, it never gives up on me... nor I on it.

So when the awesome Ann Kullberg asked me to do a demo on how I work on UART I had to say yes!

You can find that demo here in the June issue of Ann's E-zine:

Ann Kullbergs Colored Pencil Magazine, the June 2014 issue!

As a sneek peek.. here is that finished demo, but you'll have to visit Ann for the rest!

 Now.. I have a date with a sheet of UART, gotta run!!!

Later Taters!


"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"A Quiet Conversation" Update...

I haven't had as much time as I would like to progress on this piece.. with all those moving boxes, remodeling, landscaping and But here is my update as promised! I'm still working on my under painting, cutting a few corners by combining my under painting, setting my under painting and re-estabishing my values in my first 3 layers all at the same time. Am I saving time? Haha.. no I've still a long ways to go!

Until next time.. keep scribbling!!!


"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."