Thursday, July 27, 2006

Lest you think...

Lest you think I spend all my time behind the camera. Here I am with my horse Tony at our local show. He is a Belgian/Quarter Horse.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Art at the Classic

I got notified yesturday that 2 of the 4 entries that I sent to Art at the Classic, at the Draft Horse Classic in Grass Valley, CA. Were accepted. So interesting when this happens and you start to look at patterns in acceptance. The two that were taken here were the much more straight forward pieces and the other two slightly more abstract. Would love to see if this holds out over time with this show. Would help me learn to tailor my entries to the show they are going to. Anyway, they are taking "L" and "Matched Team, Haflinger". Now I have to decide if I want to frame another print of "L" to go to the Driven show at the Skyline Carriage Farm Museum in Maine in October. The two shows overlap and I would really like to put it in both. But I hate to have two framed pieces of the same image come back to me. I guess I can always hope they sell!

Calgary Stampede

Four pieces of mine were accepted to be shown in the Western Photo Gallery slide show at the Stampede this week. This will be an ongoing show during the stampede of 240 works of photography. Nice way to step into the International scene. Only problem is they did not tell me which four of the five that I enterd are being shown. Oh well. Anyone going???Let me know what you see!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Great News



Great news for me....I sent 3 pieces to the Western States Horse Epxo's Equine Art Show. Thanks to a fellow Equine Art Guild member who went to see the show...I found out that "Spanish Horse" won 1st place, "At the Pull" won 2nd place and "Matched Team, Haflinger" won 3rd place in the B&W photography division. Nothing like stunning me speechless! Here are the 3 pictures to remind you what they are....

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Two new posts in one day!

Well this is one way to catch up.

Here are some images I took at this years Hudson Valley Draft Horse Associations' Spring Plow. I did not take enough B&W film, so I ended up shooting two rolls of color as well. I kinda like some of the color stuff, so I have decided to start marketing my color images as inexpensive digital reproductions. $15.00 for a signed 8 1/2 x 11. If you are interested in any of the color stuff that I have shown on this blog so far, contact me at juliet@lechevalthehorse.com.



Horse Shows and Art Shows

I know I should be better about updating this blog. But I was never good with keeping a diary either.

I am going down to the New Jersey Equine Artist's Assns' reception for the Art of The Horse exhibition on Sunday. It is at the Somerset Art Association in Bedminster, New Jersey. I am very excited to see my work installed next to such other wonderful pieces of equine art. The show opened last week and will run through the 24th of June. They accepted "L" and "From Above, #1". The weekend after is the vendor style Equine Art Show at HITS in Saugerties, New York. I am looking forward to that whole weekend. Last year was total dud for sales but I got some great shots. The whole From Above series was shot that weekend. And it is great to spend the two days with other artists. We all walked around with our cameras. There was even one point where we were all watching one jumping class. Four of us had situated ourselves near one jump and we would gab until a horse approached the jump, then we would all pick up our cameras, take the shot and then put them down and resume talking. That same weekend 3 of my pieces will be out in Sacramento, California at the Equine Art Exhibition that is a part of the Western States Horse Expo. So, it will be a busy first part of June for my artwork.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Great News

Great news for me this week. I was accepted into two shows for June. The Western States Horse Expo, where I have had work and won the blue ribbon in B&W Photography for the past two years, and The New Jersey Equine Artist's Association juried show. That one will be at the Somerset Art Association opening the beginning of June through the end of the month.

The thing that gets me, is that I had no idea that the NJEAA show was such a big deal. I just enter whatever shows come along that sound interesting. If they take photography, which the don't always, then I enter them. Many of the artists in the EAG (Equine Art Guild) see this show as something to strive for. Gee, if I had known, I might have been too intimidated to enter. They accepted two of my pieces, "From Above, #1" and "L". Both of these are also rather abstract, non-traditional pieces. I am so thrilled that they were accepted. I'll have to let everyone know how the opening goes. I hear that it is in a very "Chi Chi" neighborhood.

The last bit of news, I don't know if I have mentioned. The Chisholm Gallery of Pine Plains, New York will now be carrying a selection of my work. I hope that the relationship with the gallery is a positive one for us all!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Here is the rest in Color!

Just a few more color images of the pals! Can you tell I had fun!?!

Playing in Color!

As an exercise, I have been shooting in color. I thought it might be good to hone my skills of observation. And boy was I right. The background is much more important. And things like ugly halters and bright orange traffic cones, sure do jump out at you. I think it is an exercise that I will use from time to time from now on. I posted my images on the reference library of the Equine Art Guild for my fellow members to use as reference shots for their paintings. Some have already shown me the results and it is such a thrill for me. Here are a couple for you all to enjoy. These are of my horse Doc, the buckskin, and some paddock pals of his.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Here are some new ones....

Here are some new images I was working on before I went away...the logging shot is from last spring. Sometimes it takes me a while before I can get to printing a negative.

Pins and needles!

I have been sitting on pins and needles lately, waiting to here from the various shows I have entered. Have been rejected from all of the ones so far this year. Not a great record, but fairly typical for an emerging artist. Still painful though. But I keep plugging away at it. Should be hearing from 4 soon with another 2 to enter coming up. I'll let you all know as soon as I do.

In the mean time, I have just gotten back from a vacation cruise in Hawaii. Wow. The place is not what I had expected. Where you anticipate this lush tropical place. What is in reality, quite desolate on a large part of the newer more volcanically active Islands. Here is a typical shot of some of that....


And this shot is of the amazing Waimea Canyon on Kauai...

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Llamas

Worked with some Llamas last fall and here are some of the results.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Bovine Art!

I had the first, in what I hope will be a series of livestock photo shoots, in Feb. These three images are from today's session in the darkroom. I have lots more negatives to work from from that first farm. They are Semmental(sp) beef cattle. They range from a rich mahogany and white to a light cream color and white. Very fuzzy and wonderful patterning. Made for super B&W images.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A couple more new pieces...

Here are a couple of more new images I have been working on. The snow shot did not document too well. There is much more detail in the black horses face. I have been having fun photographing my friend Brenda's horses this winter. The bottom two images are of her horses Cal and Red. The muzzle and neck in the previous post are of her Rocky Mountian horse Buddy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

It has been a busy later winter.

It has been a very busy late winter for me. Lots of time spent in the darkroom, and since the winter has been relatively mild, I have been able to get out and photograph as well. These are a few of the newest images. Rather abstract and I am very happy with them. I have done some nice close cropped head shots that I will psot another time.


It is hard to get the full feeling of these, as the scale is very important to with them. The muzzle is nearly life-sized. I love the texture in these which is really apparent in the large size.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Welcome 2006


Well the new year has started and I am well under-way toward a busy year already. I was contacted by the ART HORSE MAGAZINE, a relatively new bi-annual publication fro equine art collectors. They will be using one of my images to illustrate a fictional piece in the upcoming issue. Nice exposure for me. I will also be the featured artist for February at the Judges choice, a internet based equine related site. Lots of shows and competitions to prepare for in the coming months.

I did spend yesterday in the darkroom and printed an image I am very happy with. It is one that I did of my friend Sarah Foster's horse BooBoo. It is an extreme crop of the original image. It measure 9 1/4" x 9 1/2" on 11x14" paper. It was shot on a snowy day and that gave me great light and texture. I think this one my be entered into a couple of shows. I have to keep you all updated on that. But here is the image...