Saturday, September 30, 2006

Saturday evening in the horse pastures

Saturday evening I decided to go prospect for drawing ideas. I took my camera into the front pasture and took some photo from ground level of the the two mares eating their alfalfa. Well, my being on the ground really caught the attention of Cedar, the Thoroughbred mare and she just had to come over and see what I was doing.

She was still partially focused on her mare friend who just might be finishing off the last of the Alfalfa.

Next I moved down the hill to the broodmare pasture. There I met up with this weanling. I took a variety of photos but this one of her getting a drink was more interesting to me than some others I already had many of.

As darkness was encroaching I noticed that the gelding in the adjoining pasture had come over to see what all the commotion was about in the mares pasture.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Cooking: An Orange Cauliflower

I went to the grocery tonight and found this orange cauliflower. I was so intrigued that decided to bring it home for supper. Of course before I could cook it, I had to photograph it first. I am not sure how I will cook it, perhaps like faux mashed potatoes?

Sketchbook: Reiner in a slide

This is a preliminary pencil drawing of a reining horse in a sliding stop.
I will soon follow with a charcoal version of this same drawing. This drawing is from a photograph taken at the Western Bloodstock APHA Sale this past July. Below is the photo in composite, the same reiner in slide in two different views.

Sketchbook: Thursday Night at the DMA

The assignment for Thursday Night was to draw a very reflective object utilizing high contrast techniques and drawing shapes and letting the drawing develop from them. I chose a silver pitcher and after lightiling mapping in the pitcher, drew the shapes within the subject respecting the contours of the pitcher. After I got home I photographed the drawing and came back in photoshop and highlighted the brightest shapes in the pitcher.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

EE Ranches Breeders Production Sale

This past Thursday and Friday I was photographing the EE Ranches Breeders Production Sale in Whitesboro, Texas. The evening of Sept 21 there was a Stallion Parade for folks to see the EE Ranches Reference Sires out of their stalls. The photo to the upper left shows Laker Doc as he walked by. The lower right photo shows Laker Showtime (Laker Doc x Peppys Punkin Par x Peppy San) being demonstrated on cows as he was auctioned in the sale.

This is a charcoal drawing of Laker Doc based on the photo in the upper left.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Foundation Quarter Horse Registry Roundup and Review

This past Thursday the Foundation Quarter Horse Registr y held their first annual Round-up and Review show at the Oklahoma State Fair. The Amateur Versatility Champion was Miss King Wimpess shown by Mindy Costello. In order to win this award Miss King Wimpess had to earn the the highest number of points in all the classes offered. The first class was Cutting. The following images show a selection of images from the show. Additional classes were Ranch Riding, RAnch Sorting, Ranch Feedlot Sorting, Barrels and Poles.

Working Ranch Horse

Ranch Cutting

Handy Ranch

Western Ranch Riding

Ranch Reining

Ranch Halter

Monday, September 11, 2006

Arabian Horse Show and OKC State Fair Horse Shows

This past Thursday and Friday I photographed The State Fair of Texas Arabian Horse Show on contract for the official photographer. I don't yet have a photo but will post when I have one available. At this show I was photographing riding classes of all types including Western Pleasure, Hunter, Hunter Hack, English and Country Pleasure and Reining. The country pleasure is one of the most interesting with the rider dress and horse gait styles. The most difficult gait to catch is the country pleasure trot or extended trot when the outside leg is up high forming a sort of backwards "C".

Next Wednesday I head to Oklahoma City for the State Fair Oklahoma Foundation and AQHA Shows. I will keep you posted on this as I have more info.

Photos from the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale now posted

I finally found time to post some of the highlight photos from the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale. These images are titled by hip number from the sale so if you are interested in the horses you may find them in the results section of the Fasig-Tipton Website: August 28,August 29.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Labor Day: In the Kitchen

Todays recipe was Hot Chipolte Pork Stirfry with Khlorabi, Carrots, Sweet Onion, and Hatch Green Chili. The recipe is shown in photos on this web page. 1) Peel and cut Khlorabi into small sticks, 2) Peel and cut the carrots into small sticks, 3) Fry and peel Hatch or Anaheim Chili, 4)Cube Pork, 5) Cook Pork, 5)Add diced onion 6) Add Carrots and cook some more, 6) Ad add Kholrabi and Chili strips and keep cooking, 6)Add Fisher and Weiser Hot Plum Chipolte Sauce when all vegetables are cooked 6) Serve over rice.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Digital Art: Fasig-Tipton Horse Sale

Yesterday I created a new collage similar to the one in Tuesday's post, only focusing on the Auction Ring at the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale. Today I experimented around with some of the photoshop art actions. This image is the result of that experimentation.