Summer Time

Summer Time

Summer is a great time to be outdoors taking in the warm and beautiful weather.

I volunteer at a therapeutic riding program and one of the benefits is getting to ride.
The farm has trail paths that stretch far back on the property.
It’s great to go on the trails.
On a hot day it is really nice to walk down the path shaded by trees.

There are lots of woods and some fields.  It’s just beautiful.
Occassionaly one may spot wildlife.
On one trail ride I went on we saw two deer pass over the path.

The surrounding landscape and horses inspire my creativity.  That is why I indulge in being there when I can and taking it all in.

Feature Art:

horse

“Arab at Gallop”

Pen and Ink

 

 

Art  News

the gift horse
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.

 

 

The Possibilities

“The Possibilities”

Saturday, June 6th my family and I watched on TV the last race of the Triple Crown Races at Belmont Park.
The favorite to win the race and win the three races of the Triple Crown Races was “American Pharaoh”.
There hadn’t been a Triple Crown Winner since 1978.
I was just a little kid then and didn’t know much about horses then. I didn’t see the races.

In 1973, Secretariat, would win the Triple Crown. Recently I saw the movie about Secretariat’s story. I loved it. I also watched a replay of the race that was recorded back then on Youtube.
I remember thinking how cool that must of been for those watching then.
And how I had learned about it when I got older.

Well, the events of our time have come. And I, my husband and two girls (13 and 11) got to witness seeing Live on TV a horse that would run all 3 races and Win.

I was poised as I watched the race. The girls watched interested.
As “American Pharaoh” headed down the last stretch of the race and pulled ahead and away from the pack of horses behind him, I couldn’t help but start screaming and cheering.
“OMG, we have a Triple Crown Winner. (over and over) I had never seen it Live on TV and was so thrilled. “It’s really happened.” I got to witness this along with many other people who watched the race. And I was among those people who were seeing it for the first time.
“Awesome. Just Amazing”.
It one of those feats that takes the right horse, the right rider, the right timing and such for it to happen.
For there are things that only transpire in certain circumstances. And this was one of them.

My youngest daughter was jumping up and down with excitement at seeing him win.
My oldest daughter typed out what was happening. lol
Our family got to share that moment together and witness something very special.

It’s times like that that I am very grateful.
Those special times where we have a moment to take in something very special.
Those times when we can see a moment that can inpsire us.
That can make us believe in something.
That can want us to turn the words “impossible” into “possible”.
To consider that maybe our doubts are the only thing that are holding us back.
And we should focus on what the Possibilties are.

Quote from Ford

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

? Henry Ford

Say “I Can”.

 

Feature Art:

power

“Power”
Pen and Ink/Digital

 

Art News

Horse gift

“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.

Happy Spring

Happy Spring

Well almost.  The Spring Equinox is March 20.

The month of February blew in snow storm after snow storm.  Snow piled on top of snow.
The snow banks were very large after the snow plow went by and we shoveled what we could.
March roared in like a lion, with some snow to top it all off.

The other day was the first day in a long time that was warmish and the snow began to melt.
Slowly the snow is melting.
I’m just seeing the ground underneath today.
And I’m hoping to see some crocuses come up when the snow melts away enough.  The crocuses usually come up and through at the end of February.  But because of the large amount of snow, nothing has yet had a chance to be un-earthed.
Yet soon all will be un-earthed and ready to bloom.

All this unfolds before us.  The seasons change and we witness it.

It’s been as magnificent as ever.

I look forward to seeing the horses at the farm, where I volunteer, grazing on new grass in their paddocks.  And all of us enjoying the warmer weather.

Spring.  Glorious Spring.

Feature Art/Product:

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“Kicking up their Heels”
scratch board

Eclipse and Sophie thrilled to be out on a warm spring day, as the snow melts away.
Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Gift Certificates available.

 

Art  News 

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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, visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Action on Inspiration

“Action on Inspiration”

As I mentioned in last month’s newsletter, I combined my 2 passions ,Art and Horses, into my art business name.

In a recent conversation with a friend I realized that I really do take steps and efforts to incorporate each into my life. It’s not just business. It’s having these things in my life that fulfills me.

I work part-time on a horse farm in the mornings. I do love the barn environment and feeling close to horses and nature. I feel connected to what’s around me.

I also have been enjoying eating my lunch at the farm when I’m done. I can sit near the outdoor arena and watch horses being ridden. I can just relax and gaze over the farm land of grass hills and trees that line the property. I can gaze up at the sky above.

In these moments I’m observing and thinking about things. I find myself thinking about images and being inspired by what’s around me. It’s these things that may find themselves into one of my art works.

You can’t just sit home waiting for inspiration to happen. It’s takes action. Going some place, doing something, and being out there — that will lead you to finding what inspires you.

So get out there. Explore and get inspired.

 

Feature Art/Product:

Dressage Horse and Rider

scratch board

Original and Prints available for sale.

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art News

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery
Exhibit June 19 to September 4, 2014

Reception; Thursday, June 19
5:30pm – 7:00pm Music

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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.

Art and Horses

“Art and Horses”

Back in 1990, I started my art business and I chose to name it Lisa’s Art & Horses.
I chose ART & Horses because these are the two things that I am passionate about.

My mom would attest to how I’ve been drawing since I could picked up a pencil. I have spent many hours drawing, painting and creating works over the years.
My parents, teachers, and others would comment and encourage me to keep doing it.
I felt an amazing connection when I’d share my art with others.

I’ve spend time creating, honing my skills, and sharing my art with others. Thus the ART.

Horses
Well, I fell in love with these beautiful creatures on my first pony ride. I thought they were just beautiful. I felt “on top of the world” up on their back as someone led the pony I was on around the farm.
I read books, practiced drawing them, learned to ride them at horse camp, honed my riding skills and made sure I took time to be near them throughout my life.

I found a pattern when I reviewed my life. It is that through my school years, through job experiences, and my personal life, Art and Horses have been woven into it.

One job I held for about 11 years was an ornamental embroidery job, where I used my creative skills.
In my free time I took riding lessons to fulfill my “need to be around horses”.

With my art business, Lisa’s Art & Horses, one of the things I created was a line of Horse T-shirts that I have sold at craft fairs, art festivals,, and Horse and Rider stores.
And I’ve done countless images of horses over the years intermingled with other art.
Oh, one art project I was involved in had me create six Horse masks for a theatrical group’s production of “EQUUS”.

Presently I have a part-time job working at a horse farm, while I continue to create art works. .

So one can see where I came up with my art business name and that it does seem to resonate and reflect my life. Art and horses intertwined.

Presently on exhibit at the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative 2014 Summer members exhibit.

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See exhibit info in Art News.

Check out Great Gift items at Lisa’s Art & Horses

Art News

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Mill Gallery
Exhibit June 19 to September 4, 2014

Reception; Thursday, June 19
5:30pm – 7:00pm Music

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.