Life Long Love

“Life Long Love”

Art has been an important part of my life.

In my life it’s encompassed learning to draw and paint, studying other artist as the masters and creating work.

It is very much an important part of my life.

It’s enriching to read about other artist’s life too.

One of my favorite artists is Renoir. He was one of the great Expressionist.  I love how he captured light and a mood in his colorful paintings of people.

I received a book about Renoir’s Life, Art and Letters.

One of my favorite paintings is “ Dance at Bougival”.

I’ve seen it live at the Fine Art museum in Boston, MA. I feel like I can feel the two dancers swaying with each other admist the dance.

Renoir would produce paintings through his entire life. Even when he developed rheumatiod arthritis later in his life, he found a way to keep on creating. Creating was at the center of his life. In that lifetime he and his fellow artists, like Monet, would explore and create a new movement called expressionism.

He would die in 1919 at seventy three yrs old. His paintings would continue to be exhibited and viewed by people.  Even today one can visit museums and see the work of the masters through time.

I’ve always sort of had a sense of always doing my art throughout my life too. I’ve felt like I am meant to create art, as Renoir had been. I don’t know that I’ll create an art movement or not, but I’ll always strive to do my best work.

My mom comments that I started drawing when I first picked up a pencil. I’ve kept at it through the years: learning, studying, working, and creating.

Recently we moved my mom to an assisted living place. My sisters and I are in the process of getting the old homestead in order for sale. I came across a couple of pieces of my art work from my high school yrs.

I took oil paintings lessons with a local well-known artist, Lee Parsons, in the early 1980′s.

Around that same time period the movie “The Black Stallion” came out. Of course I went to see it.
I did my own Black Stallion painting in the oil painting class.

This oil painting is my version of the Black Stallion.

I also have a charcoal drawing of a herd of horses. I entered this art work into the Randolph Art Association’s Student exhibit. I received my first 1st place ribbon for my art work.

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I continue to do my art work. I have done some really neat creative projects and have had some exhibits of my work.

I plan to always take the time to make art no matter how old I get. I’ll be approaching in a couple of years – the golden jubilee, – 48 this Feb. 7. So thinking of such things. I plan to create art throughout my life time as Renoir did.

One is never too old to create.

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Art  News 

 

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Horse in Snow

 

Drawings of Horse in snow.

 

I volunteer on Mondays at a therapy riding farm.  I do cleaning and enjoy just being around the horses.  The horses are set in paddocks with open stalls so they have some liberty when they’re not in a lesson.  I like watching them.

It has snowed a few times this winter here and there.  When the roads are good I go do my volunteering.

The horses have their winter blankets on.  They lie in the snow to conserve heat.  They also seem to like to have a roll in it too.

Enjoy

 

 

A Piece Out in the World

“A Piece Out in the World”

I am an artist.  I create.  I collaborate.  I share my art with others.

These statements have held true for me and show up in my life.

Enter my EQUUS mask.

I have written about my “EQUUS” horse masks before. It seems I get to write about it again.  The story continues.
There is a continuing journey filled with opportunities that show up.  Opportunities that need to be considered and acted on.

In this case: William Shakespeare’s   “Midsummer  Night’s Dream”

Our Friend, Brian, is involved in directing “Midsummer Night’s Dream”  in Malden, MA with the Oak Grove Improvement Association.   They have set up a series of “Theater in the Parks” for the month of July.

My  family is involved.  I am the graphic artist, and my kids are playing the little fairies. (too cute)

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” has a play within the play.  One character wears a donkey mask. So there was a need to have a donkey mask.  So one of my EQUUS masks was modified accordingly to be a donkey mask.  Cool, yes.

The thing about my EQUUS masks that is interesting to me is that this art work has endured.
I created 6 EQUUS masks in 2000 for Ubiquity stage’s production of “EQUUS”.  They are masks/ props.
A lot of props go to the way side after a production.  Yet not these masks.
Over the years these masks have been used in 2 plays, one Halloween costume, and 1 art exhibit.  And now another play added.  A friend mentioned the word “Enduring”.  hmmmm

How is this?
This is something to ponder.

Perhaps I should just enjoy each opportunity as it comes.

I’ve enjoyed the events and connections along the way.

I look forward and wonder  what’s ahead.

I feel a commitment  to share my art with the world.

My EQUUS mask as Bottom’s donkey mask in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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Art  News
“William Shakespear’s Midsummer Night’s Dream”
presented by Malden Shakespear Project
Oak grove Improvement Association
Saturdays in July at 5:30 P.M.
Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!
Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

 

IllustrationFriday: creative fun- Sight

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word of week: Sight

I decided to deviate a little and go with a phrase with the word “sight” in it.

“What a Sight”

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“What a sight it is”  to see a young foal find his legs, though long and lanky, and run for the pure pleasure of it.  Horses are gifted with strength and speed. As “prey” animals in the wild, they do need to be able to run at a moments notice. Yet the young foals do seem to enjoy running and jumping in play.  Moving and playing are part of growing.

This image was done from a reference photo I took at the horse farm I used to take riding lessons at.
This was one of the new foals that year. The Mare and foal were out in the coral. There were still some puddles from the melting spring snow. The sun was shining bright and this foal ran round and round. His reflection could be seen in the puddles for just a glimpse as he passed by a puddle.

Pure Joy.

Enjoy

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IllustrationFriday: creative fun- Hitched

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word of week: Hitched

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Pen and Ink

“Nava Hitch” image.

I did this illustration for a screen printer. He needed a pen and ink drawing of draft horses in harness for a client.
The client owned and showed draft horses in harness.
This illustration was converted into an embroidered logo on polo shirts for the “Driving Team”.
Screen printer told me they came out really nice.
:-)

Enjoy