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I love this horse captured in neutral colors. I love this peaceful moment, the gentle eye, the organic curve of the hip.
horselookback18x18

18″x18″, oil on stretched canvas, available here.

boxer10x10

10″x10″, oil paint on stretched canvas. Boxer dog painting.

Is summer getting away from you yet? I like how my days off feel like they just stretch on and on. I’ll look at the clock and see it’s 9 a.m. and I’ll think, “Wow, I’ve gotten so much done!” The rest of the day feels like it’s so relaxing.

And luckily, I’ve been able to fit in some painting.

This goat has the prettiest curled horns. I love the contrast of blues and yellows.

billygoat12x12

12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas, available in my etsy shop.

I called this one “white socks with sandals” because that’s the first thing I thought of.

10″x10″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

blackhoof10x10

And this one I titled, “What the heart wants.” Because who doesn’t want a horse?

12″x12″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

palominorear12x12

This is the first year our garden is a dragonfly magnet. Most years it is a bee magnet, but for the first time that “bee die off” is being seen in our area. I would also say the butterflies are being affected, too, because there are not so many of them, either. And when I say “dragonfly magnet,” that really means I can look around and spot about 5. But doesn’t that sound like a lot of dragonflies in one small space?

Most of the dragonflies look like this one.

dragonfly

I spotted this guy because that white abdomen (thorax? tail?) was just so striking. What the heck? I’ve never seen this before or again. It looks like he was hit by a splash of paint from an airbrush gun, only the white was also on the underside. Do you think it’s a kind of mold, maybe? I had to run and get my camera before he flew away.

fly

fly2

And here’s a shot of Coconut relaxing in the cool dirt. It’s supposed to be 109-degrees here in a couple days. Sigh. Those kinds of nights just never cool off.

bun

These goats remained in sketched-but-not-painted status for a long time as I figured out how to paint them–what colors, really. I needed the darks to contrast sharply against the lights, but since one goat was dark and the other light, creating the balance was a challenge.

nubians10x20

10″x20″, oil on stretched canvas. Available now in my etsy shop.

My challenge here was making a white goat more visually interesting. She already had the great attitude, so I just needed to enhance what was going on.

10″x10″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

brightnubian10x10

This labrador retriever also already had a good expression, so I just needed to play it up with colors.

10″x10″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

choclab10x10

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