On the Easel


On Stage, oil, 12 x 16

I have a passion for horses both in their natural environment and in the disciplined school of dressage, a form of equestrian body building.  I’ve spent a bit of time learning dressage on a very large Shire and it is an amazing feeling to subtly coax out the stride of two thousands pounds of pure power or bring it back in collection.  Wasn’t so impressed when the huge beast bolted with me barely hanging on at the sight of a mouse though!

How lucky our plein air group was last week to be invited to paint at Noble Ridge Winery and Vineyard.  The view was spectacular and the wine with lunch was fabulous.  Be sure to pack some food or buy some snacks there along with a bottle of wine and spend some time at a picnic table in the beautiful gardens looking out over Vaseaux Lake.  I was fascinated by the colours of the rock cliffs and layers of mountains behind the lake.  A quick study in oil on canvas, 8 x 16.