Past Portraits: Rain

Cadenza Storm, better known by her barn name Rain, is a Holsteiner-Thoroughbred mare who is a permanent resident at my stable. Although she has had a somewhat troubled past, Rain has grown into a curious and intelligent young horse. Her favorite hobbies include galloping from the far end of the pasture to the gate, nimbly handling the creek, logs, and other natural obstacles in between, and hiding behind her best pal Mocha after teasing other horses.

I loved painting Rain because of her unusually dark dapple grey color as well as her finely-molded, thoroughbred type features. True to her sense of humor, Rain took an overly serious approach to being photographed for her portrait, and is doing her attempt at a “Vogue” pose.

Portrait of "Rain" by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Portrait of “Rain” by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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Happy Poké-ween!

"Poké-ween" by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Happy Halloween! I decided to do a quick watercolor sketch of some Poké-trick-or-treaters. I’m not sure why Ghastly decided to go as a ghost when he already is a ghost, but oh well! Bulbasaur sure feels pretty!

“Poké-ween” by Laurel Anne Equine Art

The Lookout

"The Lookout" by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Every day my cat Taz climbs up on the window sill and sits, sometimes for hours at a time, watching the going-ons of the world. No dog is walked, bunny rabbit hopped, or bird flown without being monitored by my little lookout. This painting is a tribute to her tireless vigilance.

"The Lookout" by Laurel Anne Equine Art
“The Lookout” by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Little Brave: The Cat Motion Study

"Cat Study" by Laurel Anne Equine Art

In early 2014, the barn was host to a litter of kittens. After long days of their playful antics distracting me from my work, I decided to try to capture that bouncing energy by making a motion study. The result is these four pictures of a kitten I called “Little Brave” stalking her brother and sisters.

"Cat Study" by Laurel Anne Equine Art
“Cat Study” by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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Sabino and Grulla

"Sabino and Grulla" by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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A small 5″x 7″ watercolor sketch, “Sabino and Grulla” is an illustration of two unusual, yet striking, horse colors. On the left we see the grulla (or grullo) grazing with neck outstretched. Also known as mouse dun or blue dun and caused by the dun gene on a black base coat, this mare shows all the classic grulla traits: black dorsal stripe, zebra marks on her legs, and even a shock of silver in her mane…

On the right and looking to the side is the sabino mare, with lacy white splashes blending into her sorrel base coat. Working on these unusual colors was very fun for me as an artist to show the whole range of the equine pallet!

"Sabino and Grulla" by Laurel Anne Equine Art
“Sabino and Grulla” by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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Past Portraits: Goosey Gertrude

Goose Portrait by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Sometime around May of 2014 a young female goose waddled onto our farm and made herself at home. For the next four months, “Gertie,” as she came to be known, was a fixture at the barn. Arriving vehicles were greeted with raucous honking, driveways were pooped on, and stock tanks were in ever-present danger if her personal pool was not kept fresh. Alas, as autumn closed in, the difficulties of keeping a lone goose with no real pond to swim in became overwhelming. Gertie was transferred to a neighbor’s farm with a large pond and many other geese and ducks to keep her company.

To commemorate her stay with us, I painted a portrait of her. As a subject of painting, birds present some fascinating opportunities and challenges. Feathers. A lot of them. It was fun to study the way the feathers folded into her wings and spanned her breast, as was working with her subtle, pebble-toned coloring.

Goose Portrait by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Goose Portrait by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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Daisy Chain

Daisy Chain Original watercolor by Laurel Anne Equine Art

“Daisy Chain” is a fanciful painting I made around March to capture the essence of spring. The background of this painting uses a very loose technique with lots of bright, fresh colors. The bay horse nibbling at his buddy’s flower wreath is the inspiration for the whole scene, and provided a great opportunity to practice drawing new horse expressions! The bay horse is based on Felix, a horse at my barn who can never resist a snack!

Daisy Chain Original watercolor by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Daisy Chain
Original watercolor by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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A Murder in the “Hayfield”

Hayfield by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Today marks the end of the Saxonburg Festival of the Arts as well as the Saxonburg Fine Art Show. Every year the art show chooses a theme, for 2015, “country life.” Nothing says country life, especially in late summer, than a hay field. Especially, a hay field that’s newly baled, on a fresh morning full of crows or blackbirds gleaning for whatever goodies have been uncovered in the grass.

Hayfield by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Hayfield by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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Mother’s Love

Mother's Love by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Unlike some of my other pictures like “Quiet Summer Wood” or “Maiden and Unicorn” that take weeks of painting, thinking, and revising, “Mother’s Love” was completed rather quickly, in just a couple of hours one afternoon. The main inspiration for this painting for me was the opportunity to play around with the appaloosa coloring: the dark spots on white, the white spots on dark, the roan-ish blending between the bay and white areas, and the speckling around the mare’s muzzle, were all exciting for me to work on. However, the main draw for people who see the painting is the interaction between the mare and her foal, reaching around to gently reassure her baby, a tender moment that seems to transcend species.

Mother's Love by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Mother’s Love by Laurel Anne Equine Art

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