Friday, January 9, 2009

Knee Deep in the Good Stuff


Tres Amigos ©2009 Karen Mathison Schmidt
6 x 6 • acrylic on Gessobord
SOLD • private collection, Attleboro, Massachusetts

These handsome fellas were hanging out in the pasture just on the other side of our fence a few days ago. I used a super zoom lens to capture the scene, but you’ll notice that the one on the far left has spotted the paparazzo. Even though technically we’re in the dead of winter, the day was so spring-like I just couldn’t resist adding the merest suggestion of blooms here and there in the painting.

And after I finished the painting and walked out in the yard with Trixie just a couple of hours ago I saw that today, while a lot of the country is still waist deep in snow, the paper whites out in the pasture have already started blooming.


Yeah. That’s what I love about the South.

Oh, and just to top off this wonderful day, I just got an email from a good friend letting us know that her brother, who has been on a waiting list for 2 years for a liver transplant, has received a new liver and will be having it installed tonight at midnight. Praise God for answered prayer! (Just to show you the sense of humor my friend Mona has: the subject on her email was "LIVER!!! (but not with onions)." That really cracked me up. And that's one of the reasons we've been friends for 20-something years.

Lest you think I forgot, here are the ever popular work-in-progress photos of today's painting:









And a few close-up details:



3 comments:

Sheila Vaughan said...

Love your colour handling Karen - so confident. The cat - Chardonnay Ray - is a particular favourite.

Janet Clam Chowder said...

It's like magic, how you paint! This is a gorgeous painting, the theme of 3 horses is so appealing. I love it that one of them had it's eye on you! And whispered prayers for your friends' brother - I hope he heals quickly and feels better soon.

Paperwhites? In January? You are making the South sound like heaven!

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Um... sorry, Karen, that last comment by 'Janet Clam Chowder' was from me - my daughter was home today and used my computer - I didn't notice she'd 'signed me out' till later!