Amish Buggy Horse oil on wood 11"x14"
This is an Amish Buggy horse I photographed while in Berlin, OH. It's neither floral or feline but it is for sure my favorite painting of 2013. My art frequently includes patterns. Depending on subject matter, the patterns might be historical textiles, art nouveau, retro or William Morris inspired. It's a bit of pre-planning before painting...but the addition of pattern has allowed me to paint some pleasing combinations. There was no planning for this painting, it was done on the fly... with a single photo as reference material. I'm not a landscape painter, in fact I avoid painting landscapes. So, the landscape elements here were somewhat intimidating... But I'm really happy with it. I think my experience painting patterns very much informed how I painted the background trees, ground and greenery.You can see more of Diane Hoeptner's work at her blog and her website, and check out last year's post on her favorites of 2012.
The current theme is Artists Who Blog- Favorites of 2013. Chosen artists have sent in one or two of their favorite paintings from 2013, along with some words about the creation of the work, or about general new directions and goals. There will be a new artist highlighted each day for twenty five days, so check back often.