En Plein Air

This morning I headed out to the barn to sketch en plein Air!

I set up in the shade. Horses are difficult to draw. Lots of proportions and shading to get right.

When sketching, I’m mostly interested in capturing a gesture.

I worked with oil pastels and sumi ink:

Farm Sketching May 20, 2014

Laundry flaps in wind

Mares graze, tall grass, buttercups

Afternoon at farm.

Art Prescription:  I sit and watch…observe their ears, their eyes, their tales as they swish at flies. They know I’m there. One of the most joyful things about sketching is simply the art of observation. I notice the sights, sounds, and smells of my surroundings. I get still and take it all in.Blue Skies May 20

Farm Cure January 15, 2014

Warm sun hits my back

Barn cat slithers by for strokes

Roosters crow next door.

Art Prescription:  I went out to Blue Skies of Mapleview farm today for some soul restoration. Sitting under the big blue sky with horses soothes my restless spirit. Took my sketchbook.

Blue Skyblue sky 2

Day at the Farm October 23, 2013

Who let the girls out?!?

Two mares gallop cross pasteur

And the boys go wild!

Art Prescription:  Spent a grand day at the farm…grooming, admiring, riding, sketching…bliss!! Horses have interesting angles and I’m finding them a challenging and phenomenal subject. Observing them is Zen.

blue sky farm