Summer Shelter

Summer Shelter by Laurel Anne Equine Art

One rainy day at the end of August last year I passed a place on the farm where the weeds never get trimmed. Upon a second glance I noticed a little dry spot that was sheltered from the weather. I suddenly imagined a family of rabbits sheltering under there and quickly snapped a photo to use as a reference. “Summer Shelter” is the final product of that inspiration. Prints and other products featuring “Summer Shelter” can be purchased at Society6.com.

 

Summer Shelter by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Summer Shelter by Laurel Anne Equine Art

Butterfly Weeds

Butterfly Weed by Laurel Anne Equine Art

First post of the year, and long overdue! “Butterfly Weed” is a painting I started way back last June and kept putting on the back burner. It is meant to portray those midsummer days when the milkweeds are in bloom and swarming with butterflies.

Prints and other products featuring “Butterfly Weed” can be purchased at Society6.com

Butterfly Weed by Laurel Anne Equine Art
Butterfly Weed by Laurel Anne Equine Art

 

War Chief: Courtesy of The Nokota Horse Conservancy®

War Chief Courtesy of The Nokota Horse Conservancy®

Earlier this fall, I was proud to participate in a fundraiser for The Nokota Horse Conservancy®, an organization dedicated to preserving the rare and historical Nokota® horse breed.

Nokota® horses are a distinct bloodline descended from the mustangs owned by Sitting Bull. A more in depth look at their history can be read here on the NHC website. True to their mustang heritage, present day Nokota® horses are hardy, intelligent, and athletic, with their Spanish ancestry clearly visible in their appearance. One unique characteristic of the Nokota® is the prevalence of the roan coloring. (like War Chief, here) This coloring is rare amongst equines in general, but quite common with the Nokotas®!

Below is “War Chief,” my submission to the NHC fundraiser project. He was an enjoyable challenge to paint, due to representing the random splashings of his roaning, as well as capturing the fresh loneliness of the prairie landscape. The original painting of “War Chief” can be purchased at The Nokota Horse Conservancy® Gift Shop, with proceeds going to support the horses, while prints, mugs, and tees can be purchased at Society6.com (with proceeds going to support the artist!)

War Chief Courtesy of The Nokota Horse Conservancy®
War Chief Courtesy of The Nokota Horse Conservancy®

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

If you like this painting and would like one of your own animal, I am available for hire! Watercolor Animals Portraits are available for purchase at etsy.com!

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

Prints and other products featuring “Cat Study” can be purchased at Society6.com

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

To purchase prints and other products featuring “Sabino and Grulla” please visit Society6.com

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

If you like this painting and would like one of your own animal, I am available for hire! Watercolor Animals Portraits are available for purchase at etsy.com!