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New Art and Happy New Year of the Horse!

Dear Friends and Associates… Happy New Year of the Horse! 马年大吉 Mǎnián dàjí

 Chinese new year starts today, January 31st, with the first new moon of the calendar year and will last for 15 days. The 31st marks the end of the year of the water snake and welcomes the start of the “Year of the Wooden Horse”.


People born in the year of the horse are said to be a bit like horses: animated, active and energetic – they love being in a crowd. They are quick to learn independence – foals can walk minutes after birth – and they have a straightforward and positive attitude towards life. They are known for their communication skills and are exceedingly witty.
  Others horse years include 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 and 2002.

Since 2014 is a Wood Horse, the Wood element is about reaching onwards and upwards,
 and planning ahead for Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity! 福禄寿 fú lù shòu

To help celebrate today I would like to share this weeks painting project…and how appropriate that it is a new horse!

Art Class: Painting a wooden colored horse.


 Mixing the right pallet is essential for creating the effects of shine in shades of brown.
In this close up note the use of pale yellow, red brown and mineral blues alternated along the hair strands to create the feeling of shine.

Art Tip; Patience. Painting areas separately is important so the colors remain crisp. This simply takes time.
After the mane I mixed a new pallet of pale tans and light blue grays for the bridle.
When working with watercolor it is important to paint the lighter colors first.

For the back-ground I used the principle of “Repetition with Variation”.
The light blue gray in the bridle and the darker cobalt and brown from the mane were a natural choice to create harmony between the colors in this painting.


For the darker shades in the face I choose Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue,

and Payne’s Gray, all mixed with a little brown.

For the rich browns I have used Sepia, Burnt Sienna, Brown Madder and Quince-drone Gold.
All have been shaded with the Blues mentioned above to create the right blending.

Note the shapes of the washes in the body of this horse.
 Using light and dark colors gives the feeling of shine, movement and life!
 When you look at the final painting these interesting shapes will be blended together by your eye
and you may not even be aware of them.
This painting was created as a memorial to Posido, a fine Spanish Peruvian Paso Stallion owned and loved by James Perra.

May This new Year of the horse come galloping in for you
 and help you create one of your best years ever!
福禄寿 fú lù shòu
End of Class.


I have recently returned from the Seattle gift Show.
A special thanks to my long time customer…Cheryl, who owns Crystal Books and Gifts in Grand Junction Colorado
She has been selling my work for 20 years! Thanks Cheryl…(and Steve)

I am excited to share some of the new work created for that show for my customers in Alaska.


“I See A Blue Moose A-Rising” (Can you hear Creedence Clearwater?) :)


Bear River…Life is an Adventure, Live it!

And lastly, to help celebrate the Iditerod;
Courage to Run…Life is for chasing your dreams.

We may not have it all together…but together we have it all!

Wishing you a Wonderful New Year of the Wood Horse!

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