Friday, January 23, 2009


Alrighty then, I've been tagged by Jennifer, of Gypsy Mare Studios.
Jen's lovely blog can be found at:
This is my first time being 'tagged'. I see I should reveal 6 random things about myself. Here goes:
#1 I'm a bit of a 'night owl'. Sometimes by choice, sometimes not.
#2 Horses...LOVE them! Always have, always will. I didn't have the means or $$$ to own a horse until I was 40 years of age.
#3 I don't mind spending time alone. I actually enjoy it very much, but I'm not anti-social.
#4 I can be a perfectionist...'nuf said!
#5 I would have loved to become a Veterinarian. With the number of animals living here, I've learned to take care of alot on my own. That includes vaccinating and worming my horses, helping mares during foaling, treating and binding all sorts of wounds + sprains.
#6 I have rather eclectic tastes as far as music goes...if I like it, I'll turn it up! Music can really inspire me while painting. Now, off to find someone else to tag!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Copper Mare...New Art...finally!

I don't know why exactly, but it's been a very long time since I've sat down to do more art. I suppose between the holidays + other 'life's' happenings, I've had little desire to paint or draw.

So, Finally a new piece from me...a 11" x 14" pastel work, modeled after (now don't laugh) a very black Friesian mare I once owned. Nellie was not this lovely shade of coppery chestnut, nor did she have a speck of white on her, but her body type was just as I've depicted. She was definitely a baroque horse, every last little CHUNK of her.

I came across a photo I took of her many years ago, in our back pasture, having a grand ole time...galloping around, carefree and happy. Loved that mare. She gave us a beautiful colt too, sired by Ludse. The stallion 'Ludse' has since been exported back to the Netherlands.

I hope you enjoy this work...more will be on the way. I am a member of A4C, otherwise known as 'Art for Critters'. A portion of the proceeds of this work will go to benefit SCER, the S.Carolina Equine Rescue. Art available on eBay currently.

Friday, January 16, 2009

American Artist Andrew Wyeth Dies

"Master Bedroom"

Painter Andrew Wyeth died today at the age of 91. Mr. Wyeth died in his sleep at his home in Philadelphia . It was often said Mr. Wyeth portrayed the 'hidden melancholy' of the people and landscapes of PA's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World".

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ahh...growing up in the 60's & 70's

Patrick McGoohan, the creator and star of the late 1960s television series "The Prisoner" died yesterday after a brief illness, aged 80.

I loved that show! Gosh, when I stop to think of how many of my favorite entertainers have passed away during the past year...well, it's a bit disconcerting!

Just a few that have recently died:

Charlton Heston (Ten Commandments), Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke), Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show), Roy Scheider (Jaws) , Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Dick Martin (Laugh In), Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show), Majel Barrett (Star Trek), Bill Melendez (Cartoonist~Charlie Brown) and just today...Ricardo Montalban of Fantasy Island.

It's like having a tiny part of yourself disappear. No, I didn't know any of them personally, but I did invest myself emotionally in their movie, stage and TV show personas. Some I even had a crush on...heck I was in my early to mid teens at the time. Who didn't go 'ga-ga' over one of the Beatles or a handsome leading man on the silver screen? Bonanza, Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Wild, Wild West to name a few were awesome shows! Their characters had scruples. You know: honesty, integrity and a dose of humour tossed in for good measure. There wasn't a gory murder scene or disgusting expletive appearing every 10 seconds. No obligatory nudity. Anyway, I digress....

I'm reminded of how quickly time passes with news like this. It's a gauge of my own mortality. that was depressing. Forgive my ranting, I'm getting old. LOL

****** "Be seeing you #6" ~ RIP Patrick ******

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thinking of warmer days...

Pijt enjoys his blanket during the frigid cold, especially now that he's getting so much older. Below is a 'no-blanky' dressage show photo.

Monday, January 12, 2009

NEW Norwegian Fjordhorse Embroidery

Snow, snow and more snow!! Yikes, this past weekend was something else. Lots and lots of snow...and uh, shoveling. About 24" worth in one day. Since we are basically snowed in, it's good time to catch up on my embroideries and artwork. I have a few new listings posted on eBay, Bonanzle and Etsy! So, if you don't feel like dealing with the snow today...stop on by and take a peek at my offerings. Thanks!

PS: My horses don't mind the snow and cold weather much. The Norwegian Fjordhorses? Well, think 'mounts of the Vikings' (no, not the Minnesota Vikings, although it feels like Minnesota weather here in Ohio right about now...brrr). My Friesian gelding is also from sturdy stock. Friesians originate from Friesland...(the Netherlands). Think 'the horse that carried knights & warriors'...and royalty too! Here is a photo taken of my 2 Fjordhorses a few weeks ago:

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Friesian Hearts and Flowers

Yes, I's a bit early to offer Valentine's Day items...but hey, it's cold outside and I'm already looking forward to Spring. Besides, Friesians, Hearts and Flowers don't have to be limited to just one time of year.

This design is embroidered onto a warm, crewneck sweatshirt. Just right for several months to come!

I'm happy to omit the breed name and add a name instead, for FREE! Makes a nice gift for someone special.

This pretty embroidery is available on eBay:
and my webpage:
Thanks for taking a peek!