Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Green Party II, Abstract Horse Art



I am covered in paint and having a great time working on these abstract pieces.  I often am working on pet portraits and commissioned horse paintings so this is a fun change of pace for me.

I wrote an earlier blog post with work in progress pics for The Green Party I, Abstract Horse Painting and had some much fun I dug in my studio and found this 12 x 36 canvas and did this one.

Hope you enjoy watching the progression as much as I have enjoyed painting it!



The progression:

 Here you can see the drawing I started and then abandoned when my client decided she wanted her horses in a different order.  I had ordered two canvases of the same size so put this one off to the side.



 I almost just stopped here.  But didn't.  :)  








Love painting with palette knives and thick oil paint!  

When this one is done it will go up for sale on my etsy shop at  https://www.etsy.com/shop/FreeReinArtStudio

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Monday, January 9, 2017

The Green Party, Abstract Horse Painting, Part 1


We all know how much our beloved horses love green!  Green is the 2017 Color of the Year.  The horses would approve!

I wrote about this color in another blog post here: Equine Themed Decor, Color of the Year 2017. This spring green color, chosen by Pantone is said to evoke hope.  I wanted a playful splash of color and texture for the background of my nest abstract horse painting so I laid down some darker greens and then began layering lighter colors and texture.  Here are a few snapshots of the progress:










Stay tuned to see the final result!  I've already started on #2 in The Green Party series.  That canvas is a 12 x 36 canvas with gorgeous shades of greens, gold, and cream.

Happy Trails! 
Sue Steiner

I will leave with a photos of my horses in the snow and a couple other recent paintings.   









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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Some New Abstract Dog and Horse Art

Play as Work and Work as Play


I spent the last few months mostly working on memorial commissions and paintings for gifts for Christmas which has very much appreciated.  I have also appreciated the downtime since the holidays to catch up with family and house responsibilities and to --- play with my art.  :)  Play and art can take many forms for me and I have learned over the years to allow this play in my art in order to keep fresh.

I think this idea of keeping fresh is one that would benefit many people.  As adults we forget how to play but play is one of the best stress relievers we have and it is free.

I'm not the only one that feels this way.  Down below is a podcast for NPR on this very subject.

First though I will share with you some of the fruits of my play.  :)


This is a work in progress abstract horse painting.  

This is just a close up of the 1st layer of the abstract horse painting.  I did this layer in acrylics since it dries fast but then layered the rest with oils-- I love how the richness of oil paint and it fits my 'alla prima' style of painting.  

I played with some photo editing programs to create some more wooden horse signs using reclaimed barnwood.  The texture of the wood shows thru and gives a nice touch to the photo.  I sometimes add paint or colored pencil to it to liven it up.  


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I also played with some watercolor paper- I usually use these large pieces of watercolor paper to make thank you notes to go in the package when my artwork is shipped but decided to try something else with it.  

This is based on a photo of my Golden Retriever, Molly.  Always at my feet.  She is a sweetie- as are all goldens!  



I played a bit with my gazillion photos of horses and scenery to make these: 


I, of course, continue to take pet portrait commissions.  I am currently working on a lovely bull terrier painting.  This one is a mixed media painting.  If you are curious as to the different mediums I work in please visit art my website's pet portrait page.  
I have created 3 different slideshows to show the different mediums I offer- oils, watercolor, and mixed media with examples of dogs, cats, and horses I have painted.  

 Pet Portraits

Okay, now recess time!  :)  For you too!!  













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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Color Coordinating Your Horse

How do you choose the right color for your horse?  


I'll tell you.  I am an artist who specializes in painting horses and pets.  I do own horses and have ridden for most of my life.  I never was interested in showing so I've never paid much attention to specifically choosing a color in regards to showing but I think I can share enough here to help you out.  Two things I love- horses and color!  So here goes! 


Determine your horse's coat color.  If you need help this pdf is helpful.  

5 Basic Horse Coat Colors

  • Black
  • Bay
  • Brown
  • Chestnut
  • White

Neutral Colors: 

In home decorating and fashion, gray, black white or any earth tone is considered neutral.  Since horses basically come in earth tones we will talk specifically about neutrals as it applies to horse coat and choosing tack or rider colors. 

Horse coats that are considered neutral would be gray, white, and black.  A neutral color technically goes with anything.  It would be wise to shy away from whites and blacks in your clothing though since it's unlikely your horse will be an exact shade of white or black.  

Gray, White, Black Coat Colors: 
Yes: bright colors pop with horses in this color category.  Bold, rich colors will sing.  Jewel colors such as emerald, amethyst, and ruby are some examples.  The chart below has some examples.
No: dusty, muted or pastel colors may look dull.





Chestnut, Sorrel (the red heads!!) Use complimentary colors to red or orange.  Complimentary colors are the colors on the opposite side of the color wheel.   Colors in the blue and green family will go well.  Softer pastels may work also.  The 'red' in chestnut horses can vary from a fiery or copper penny red to a golden warm brown.  Use the chart below to get you started and consider your own horse's shade of red.
Yes: cool blues, greens, purples-  dark or pastel shades both work, ex. lavender, periwinkle, mossy green.  The more red in your horse's coat the more you go toward the green side of the color wheel.   The more orange in the coat veer toward the blues.  For golden reddish brown coats rich purples and blues. Earthtones and with bright accent can look good on a chestnut.
No: No reds, oranges or yellows as the main color.  Use warm colors only if it is paired with the complementary color.  Ex. purple with gold accent, Hunter green with pink accent. Turquoise with magenta.



Image result for color wheel chart complimentary colors


Bay: Bays also vary in shade.  Determine if your horse veers more toward a cool bay (no red or warm highlights) to a blood bay with a deep mahogany highlight.  The brighter (warmer, redder) bays will look good with the colors opposite red and orange.  Blues, greens work.  If the coat color is darker a dark blue, purple or green will get lost so choose a warmer, brighter color such as burgundy or even lighter colors such as shades of pink or magenta. Lavenders, mint greens, periwinkle even warm beige or tan can look good on a dark bay.  
Yes: Lighter greens, blues, purples, earth tones and pinks on a non-reddish bay.  Red based bays will look good in darker blues, greens, turquoise, jewel tones with the exception of ruby.
No:   Do not pair a dark bay with dark cool colors.  They will get lost on him.  Do not pair a 'blood' bay or warm, redder by with anything in the red/orange family.

Browns: In my opinion, horses are rarely 'brown'.  They are more likely to be bay or chestnut.  But if you have a brown horse with no real red highlights he would be considered a 'cool' color because it lacks reds.  So you can pair a brown like that with warm colors like russet, golds, burgundy, pinks. Pastel shades can compliment this coat color too.  I would consider a true brown horse (one without red in his coat) to be a neutral color.  Most any color- other than brown on brown, could potentially work.



I have included a hair color chart to help you determine whether your horse's coat is 'warm' or 'cool'.  Basically, any hair color that has gold, orange or red highlights is warm.  On a hair color chart, cool colors are described as ash.  So if your horse's coat color most closely matches #8 on the above chart- Light Ash Brown, it is a cool color and can be paired with warm complementary colors.

So to wrap up- determine your horse coat color.  Determine whether it is a cool shade or a warm shade.  Determine whether your horse is a light or dark shade.  From there become familiar with the color wheel.  Your best bet is to find color combinations that are complementary to your horse's coat color, or on the opposite side of the color wheel.  Some basic rules would be to avoid using light colors on a light horse.  Avoid dark, subdued colors on a dark horse.  Avoid reds on a red.  You can also create some optical illusions by using darker/ solid colors to 'hide' flaws.  If your leg position isn't the best, create a long, lean, "quiet" leg by darker. solid colors that will blend with your saddle.  For a mousey horse that lacks some pizazz, bright bold patterns and colors can draw attention to you.

Remember too that color conveys emotion.  In addition to making your horse, tack and outfit visually appealing, you may want to consider what emotion it may evoke.  Below is a chart that shows what emotions go with which color.


Hope this helps... and above all- enjoy your horse and have fun!  
Happy Trails!
Sue Steiner
equine artist at Free Rein Art Studio


Source for Coat Color Info:
http://florida4h.org/projects/animal_sciences/HS_pdfs/HSM10/HSM10_ch2.pdf


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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Color of the Year 2017, Equestrian themed or Western Decor

I recently saw in a New York Times article that the color of the year has been chosen.  In light of that, I'd thought I would share some of my artwork for sale that matches this color!



Pantone describes this color as Greenery 15-0343 and was picked because they felt it evokes the first days of spring and symbolizes regrowth.  I love the symbolism and love the color.


My artwork featuring the Color of the Year 2017: 

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I think it is appropriate too that these pieces use reclaimed and repurposed art materials!  The artwork below are sold but thought I'd share since they do feature the same color.  Since my art is inspired by nature and animals this green is often used in my paintings.  Here's a few. 

pet portraits in oil, dog with tennis ball painting
 Dog with Tennis Ball, Go Fetch!  
foal in spring grass oil painting,
Art Studio 

fresh from garden oil painting of vegetables
 Fresh from the Garden! 
young horse running custom painting, horse watercolor by Sue Steiner, Free Rein Art Studio
 Young Horse Running, watercolor 
 Private Collection of the artist. My son on the baseball field. 

tabby cat oil painting, custom pet portrait by Sue Steiner
 Tabby Cat Oil Painting

sunflower artwork by Sue Steiner, Free Rein Art Studio
 Sunflower Painting, oils

abstract horse art for sale by Sue Steiner, Free Rein Art Studio
 'Mustang Dreadlocks', Abstract Horse Art 

pigs in artwork, colorful pig painting, colorful farm animal artwork
What else but "3 Little Pigs" mixed media.

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