Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday Night at the DMA

  Thursday nights at the DMA part of my weekly routine. There is always Jazz in the Atrium featuring a different musical group each week. After coffee I make a quick tour to find any changes. The American Galleries 20th Century most recently underwent a reinstallation, with some paintings being put on vacation and others changing location.
  At 7 pm I go to the weekly sketching in the galleries. This past week was the 5th Thursday of the week and we participated in a new program, we "sketched" in 3d creating a sculpture in the Studio at the Center for the Creative Connections.

  A few weeks ago after hearing of Andrew Wyeths death I went to the Dallas Museum of Art to see the egg tempera painting That Gentleman. The painting had been moved across to the opposite wall and next to it, a preparatory watercolor. I returned last week to find that they had been temporarily had been removed, but found them reinstalled when I was at the Museum last night. This is one of my favorite ways to see paintings exhibited. I like to see how the artist goes from study to completed painting, and to see them exhibited side by side is an added plus. You may read more about this exhibition in this Art & Seek blog article. I like to visit this painting each time I visit the museum. Egg tempera is my favorite of the painting media.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sketching in the Galleries: Early Texas Wardrobe

Tonight we went to the Early American Galleries with the assignment to draw furniture. We were draw either two drawings, or to continue with the same drawing after a mid-session review. We started with the goal to accurately deal with perspective issues. After the review we were assigned the task of accurately showing the texture of the surfaces were were drawing. After the review I continued the same drawing, working more on the wood grain and adding shadows. I finished by giving the wardrobe a sense of space, dealing with adjecent shadows and adding the candle table casting the shadow on its side. This wardrobe is from Fayatte Count Texas, manufactured the 1860-70's of cedar. The cabinet and drawer panels are painted.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sketching In The Galleries: Chinese Polo Horse

Tonight our assignment was to a couple of sketches where we must go off the page on 3 sides. My first sketch was this Polo Horse Polo Horse tomb figure from from China dated between 618-907 AD. I drew this horse on brown paper with graphite and white prismacolor pencil.

I took this photo Jan 22 so you could see what I was drawing from.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Blossom at Liberty

Blossom is the only weanling from the 2008 Breeding year. She has been a bit skittish and difficult to catch, but is now learning how to hold still while I lock the lead rope onto her halter. I have been taking her out to the arena or outdoor roundpen to run around. Today when I took her out to the arena I decided it would be neat to take some photos of her running from one end of the arena to the other. When It was time to move her out of the arena I was able to walk up to her, visit a few minutes, and then clip on the lead rope.
Blossom is by Doc O Lena Twist out of Colena Colena.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Western Bloodstock Futurity Sales 2008: Humor

This colt expresses his feelings about going through the ring at the Western Bloodstock Preferred Breeders Sale. If you found this post searching for images from the 2008 Western Bloodstock Sales and are looking for a particular horse that went through the sales (Dec 9-14), I have that photo. Please drop me a line at

Monday, January 05, 2009

Jack Russell: A Cutters favorite dog

This Jack Russell Puppy is helping his owner, Sharon Overton, video record the Rose Country Cutting Horse show this past Saturday (Jan 3). He showed as much interest in my still photography, or at least my attention. Sharon Overton raises EJRTCA registered Jack Russell Terriers which may be seen on her website If you are looking for a Jack Russell, this is the place to go.