Another new painting. Most of the new work is going more in this direction, without a horizon line, with patterned rhythms in time that is not linear. This piece was too recent to be featured on the arizonaartistaday.blogspot.com profile - which is tomorrow, Friday, the 20th - which you really should check out. (Scroll back to January and have fun seeing 10 months of AZ artists!)
Hey, folks! On Friday, October 20, I'm being featured on the blog arizonaartistaday.blogspot.com.
Please check it out. It's a wonderfully generous project by Phoenix artist Shelley Whiting. She's profiling 360 Arizona artists, one a day for a year. It's very open - everyone from midcareer professionals with works in museums to young beginners to muralists to street artists to some that simply defy description.
Thank you Shelley!
Since that last post, been more busy with painting than drawing. The piece "ending, beginning" that was in the TIA show - the one of the rider & mule's shadow - sparked a series. And then a 2-week trip to NYC in September really inspired. Visited the Met, the new Whitney, and every gallery in Manhattan I could cram into my schedule. I had forgotten what it felt like to be in the presence of truly masterful work!
Most of the works that I got ideas from were abstract, oddly enough. Compositional and technical ideas, and ideas from observing how other artists infuse their work with that which is eternal, without getting all symbolic.
None of which really belongs on a blog about equine art. But some of the new paintings do. Like this one:
I'm also posting new work at cooperstudio.weebly.com. The page "the road" has work inspired by equines and the Long Ride.
I love to draw.
And I'm lazy.
This is why I've been doing commissions from photographs.
Animals won't pose for you. Drawing a moving target is much harder than snapping a photo, or a series of photos. But when you get that drawing right - oh, it's so much more satisfying!
For me, doing pen-and-ink or painted copies of photos can be a kind of meditation, and I enjoy the technical pizzazz when they turn out well. But I've gotten away from drawing from life, and I miss it. There's really no excuse. I mean, I live at a boarding stable, for cryin' out loud! I can go out there and sketch moving targets any time I want.
It's easier when they don't see you:
The above was a 5-minute sketch, sort of like a "gesture drawing": quickly capturing the gesture of a subject. It was too long a pose, and the drawing's too worked, to actually be one. They're usually no more than 60 seconds. Artists use them to loosen up. The ghostly horse in the background, that's a true gesture drawing.
And there's always something to draw when outside with morning coffee:
I intend to sketch enough, get my chops back enough, to do commissions of on-site drawings if requested. Perhaps painted interpretations of those drawings, as well. Will post images as my skills improve - everything gets better with practice!
Rest in peace, beautiful Raj. Beloved companion to his person Betty for 27 years. Neighborhood emissary, gracing the trails between homes on the west side. He will be missed by us all.
A mule-riding artist's barn life & artwork between travels
For the blog of the solo mule ride from Mississippi to New Mexico in summer 2013, visit muletriptalk.blogspot.com.
K. Cooper's contemporary paintings and mural projects can be seen at cooperstudio.weebly.com. She's not doing equine art commissions at this time.