Friday, February 20, 2009

Mahogany Bay

Just finished my newest ACEO sized (2.5" x 3.5") mini painting. This horse was from a photo I took at the 2000 American Gold Cup at Devon. It may have been called the Budweiser Gold Cup by then. I hate how huge corporations have to own everything!
So this sweet guy, with the gorgeous reddish brown eyes, was ridden by Mclain Ward. I've been looking everywhere to find his name, the closest I could find was a Selle Francais stallion that he was riding around that time named Galileo. He was also riding a horse at that time named Fior. Wish I would have written these things down!
Anyway, this was a really striking horse, had a lot of Arabian traits. I may want to make a larger painting of him someday. His coat was difficult to paint. It ranged from nearly blacks to burnt orange to dark mahogany. This little tiny painting took me all day believe it or not! Wish I could have gotten a better photo. I really need a scanner.
I'm really enjoying these mini paintings I think they are great practice for creating larger works.



And here is a picture of one of our crazy cats. His name is Meemee Doodle. Our cats prefer their water fish flavored. They have refused to drink out of their own water dishes. Luckily they never bother the fish. In fact the fish often comes up and touches the cat's tongues when they drink.
Meemee likes to rest his head on the bowl in a very awkward way with a crazy look in his eye.

19 comments:

Liz said...

Lovely, you've captured this horses deep concentration!

Waterstone Jewelry said...

The painting is amazing and the cat is to die for.

Jennifer Rose said...

he is a gorgeous colour!
that is so funny about your cat and more funny that the fish comes up to the cat lol

Erica Lea said...

Very handsome horse & lovely painting! I think ACEO-size is fun, too. And it's amazing how much really can fit on such a tiny space:-) Oh, and naughty kitties, lol!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Stunning Jen! love the eye!

Always love looking at cat photos :-)

Sarah said...

Beautiful Jen - I love the eye too!!You really do have a gift!!
The cat cracks me up!!!!! Love the name - heehee!!!

ArtbyWyanne said...

Beautiful new paintings Jen! I love all three of your latest - Mahogany Bay, Chestnut Landing, and Devon Grey.

marcia furman said...

wow! you are FAST!! :D

very nice!

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Our friends raise paint horses and to help keep the water tanks clean, Anita has gold fish in the tanks. They come up to the horses' mouths when the horses drink and I had to laugh at your cat image while looking at your lovely horse painting, which reminded me of this strange behavior. Anita thinks that the horses drop a little grain into the water and the fish feed on it. I'm not sure what your cat does to attract them!! Too funny.
Laurie

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

beautiful new work, and your kitty is cracking me up!

Kathleen Coy said...

Love the horse, such a sweet face.
Hilarious about your cats, super cute picture, too!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Maybe the fish thinks Meemee's tongue is a little pink worm:)

Thanks for the comments!

angelandspot said...

I love it. It is so pretty even if we do not know who exactly the horse is. I haven't been to a show in ages. I used to go to almost all of the American Royal shows to watch when I lived in Kansas City.

Horseypants said...

Your paintings are beautiful. By the way, there's an award for you at my blog. Stop by and check it out!

artbyakiko said...

Beautiful horse painting! I agree ACEOs are great for studies. What a cute cat Meemee is! He is also nice to the fish. :)

blackfeatherfarm said...

Lovely painting ! You will have to do a larger one of this handsome boy. The cat photo is just so much fun !

Caroline said...

Great painting!
Your cat is funny and love the photo. My dog will do the same thing, he will drink out of a mud puddle before drinking out of a clean water dish. :)

vintagepaletteart said...

Jen....your ACEO's are amazing! The detail just floors me!

And your cats drinking the fish water is hilarious! You take the best pics!!

Thanks for the compliment that you left on my blog too!

Happy Monday! *Lori

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

LOL at your cat, how do the fish feel about it?

Gosh, I know those ACEO paintings are small, BUT I'm so jealous at the amount you do in such a short time! Takes me forever before I will admit something is complete!