One of my favorite parts has been the art classes! When the organization's founder came to me with an idea for an art class that incorporated animal education and encounters, I knew we had something special! And how could I say no?!?? Teaching kids to draw horses, while a real live horse modeled right in front of them?!? AWESOME!
Since that time, the art class has taken off and is a local favorite!
Of course I have been getting artsy as well...
Here are some of the pieces I have created since the last update:
Sugar Skull couple
This piece was a challenge and a joy to create! It was a three dimensional piece done in air dry clay on a wood canvas. The couple who requested this custom piece were such a blast to work with and had wonderful input on what they were looking for! It challenged me with the intricate details, but at the end of it I was absolutely thrilled (as were they!).
Custom Seahorse Sugar Skull
I am so sad I don't have a better picture of this piece. It was another custom order from the same couple that I did the Sugar Skull couple for (to give as a gift). This time the details were less intricate, but we were working with a specific color pallet and theme.
I also experimented with using my dremel tool carve out some of the designs before painting (to give the piece more depth and texture). I must say...that is a technique I will definitely be employing in the future!
Custom Wedding Portrait
This piece was painted as a wedding portrait for some very dear friends of ours. It was painted a while ago, but I haven't had a chance to share it yet. It was one of my favorite portraits to paint, and it reignited my spark for abstract portraiture. Perhaps there will be some fun paintings of folks in the near future?
I have also been dabbling in sketches and digital renderings from sketches. It's an easy way for me to release some creative energy, without doing a full scale painting or art piece.
This horse was done one night when my kids were in bed, blessedly early and I had a few hours to play. I quite enjoy how it turned out! It is a concept that I think I'll continue to explore, but this lovely equine was the perfect way to unwind on a quiet evening.