Skip to main content

Sorry, not the greatest picture.   But it is one of the last "remember when" pics as it is almost time, just days now and I will be in one place, reunited with my art things.  Am sure it will be "where the #@$^ is it?!!" for the next couple of months.  But, I am really looking forward to getting back to my dull, boring life.  Although not sure how that is going to work out as when we got to the house the other day looked like developers might be acquiring the horse farm.  There goes my quiet neighborhood and friendly horse neighbors.  Everything is changing so quickly from agricultural to subdivisions, all that traffic on little county lanes - doesn't sound too wonderful any more.

One of my art heroes is Hubert Shuptrine, a superb watercolorist and also painted in oils.  I am the proud owner of two of his collaborative books with James Dickey, where he documented sights and sounds of the South.  I felt if I could copy some of his work I could learn his techniques and become an artist, even a watercolorist too.  He used very muted, almost drab, color palettes.   For the most part the pictures I did do out of his book were done in pastel.  They are treasured pieces I wouldn't even part with.  This, however, is one of my rare watercolors.

I always thought this would be a wonderful piece for a nursery and have been tempted to find other rocking horses and do another.  Do they still even make rocking horses for kids any more?

Thanks much for stopping by and hope you are having a good weekend.


  1. This would look great in a nursery or a child's room. Nicely done!! It sounds like you are moving to a nice area. All the best with the move!

  2. A charming painting Nelvia. Too bad about the horse farm but maybe the developers won't change the area too much. Good luck with the rest of the move.

  3. I hate change Nelvia. It's horrible when you buy a house and later you find out that builders buy land to build on it. It makes you crazy!!! My neighbors are pretty close to me...just once I would love to sneeze without the neighbors yelling God Bless You!!! Lol
    LOVE this painting. And wonderful job on the matting and framing. I agree with Joan.. How perfect it would look in a child's room!!!! Good luck with the moving!!

  4. Wonderful piece Nelvia! I think they still do, but not like this. They are characters now, or stuffed. I know how you feel, you remember... we lost our view of granite mountain. And now there are so many houses crowded back there. And even more being built next to them. But those are out of view at least. Still , we were on a quiet dead end street, and now it will be a through way. Les country already. Smooth moving to you nelvia

  5. Lovely piece, I still have an old fashioned rocking horse and I love it. Good luck on your move .

  6. I enjoyed over read your blog post.
    Your blog have nice information, I got good idea from this amazing blog.
    I am always searching like this type blog post. I hope I will see again…


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Fortune Teller finally finished acrylic figure

The Fortune Teller
She certainly was a fun project and came together pretty much as envisioned.  But it is the great thing about painting, each picture has something different to teach you.  While you might struggle in parts and aspects, if you push through you will be pleased to accomplish something that helps you in the next picture or so.

I really like the drama of this piece and have to credit background for that.  While my goal was to pain this realistically, it is not hyper realism and I was able to use some of the techniques I learned while I was doing the performers series.  I always have to remember to step back.  Like Monet is the best example, right up close it is a bunch of squiggles, dashes and blobs of color.  But step back and magically it comes into focus.

On to…

Shot Thru with Turquoise

Well, not a lot to show for last week as I finally gave up and gessoed over it on Sunday.  Just wasn't coming together.  Battled the sky, battled the face, just generally battled.

So to do something fun I finally tried doing a pour and swipe.  This is a 6"x6" canvas so you can pretty much turn this any way you would like to get the most interesting look.    I started out trying to control it and find that it is impossible, especially when you have a lot of paint.  So it ended up being several pours and swipes before I left it at this point.  I need to get some bottles, like the old squeeze bottles you used for ketchup and mustard, with the pointy spout so I can put out less paint.  Since I added Floetrol and then more water I might have gotten it too thin as well.  Not sure what I am going to do with this now, may just pour over it again and might try to paint something on it - who knows!! that is the fun of these projects.

 Thanks for stopping by.

Inquisitive pastel seal under water


Not sure but think this might be Penguin day.  No, this isn't a penguin, couldn't get motivated to do one or anything else.  Not ready to tackle my next project and was just casting about looking for something I could do.

So  made up a quick pastel support using watercolor paper and acrylic inks.  Then once that dried I applied a layer of clear gesso.  For whatever reason clear gesso has a grit to it and it makes it perfect to hold several layers of pastel and makes for a very economical sanded support.  I really liked getting some pastels out of the box that I don't usually work with.  And, think it gives a very under-the-sea appearance.    I am still into color because it is so gray here - no rain today but never have seen the…