This two-track borders the east side of the hay field. It leads back to a large tract of land that is planted in plots of grasses and crops to encourage the breeding of upland game birds and waterfowl, and is one of several favorite places to walk with Ellie. These walks -- in combination with Ellie's antics -- often help to remind me to not take life, and myself, so seriously.
"Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult -- once we truly understand and accept it -- then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."
This equine piece may look familiar to some of you: it is a drawing I began last summer, with the intention of returning to it prior to now. At the time that I sat it aside I had little more than a somewhat pale grisaille laid in. Over the past few days I have completed a solid base coat, and soon will begin layering in the subtle colors and detail work. The piece is being executed on Uart sanded pastel paper, and unless I crop it (again), the finished image size will be 25" x 16".
Before closing I must give a big shout-out to California artist and good friend, Elizabeth Patterson, CPSA, who at present is having a solo show in Paris, France. The exhibition is being held at the Galerie Louis Carre & Cie. Check out the phenomenal video and show images through the gallery link: unless, unlike me, you are actually able to read french -- then you can enjoy the entire page!
Showcasing the work of colored pencil artists from 11 countries and edited by Ann Kullberg, "CP Treasures: Colored Pencil Masterworks From Around the Globe" features the work of over 70 artists. In addition it includes commentary on techniques from each artist.
I'm pleased and appreciative that my piece, "Dust and Thunder", has been one of the works featured in this publication. A preview of the work as well as purchase information can be found at http://www.annkullberg.com/cptreasures_2.php .
Despite battling the respiratory flu for the past week and a half, I have managed to complete the detail work of the bridle in the past couple of days. Though I will return and go over the darkest and lightest areas again just prior to completion of the drawing, for now I'll call this area of the rendering -- done.
Though its unusual for me to be working on two or three drawings at a time, that's exactly what I find myself doing at present. I'm feeling compelled to set this one aside for a time, and return to a larger equine piece that I began several months ago. A couple of submission deadlines are looming in the not-to-distant future, and the larger works are more suitable for these.