Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year all!


Here is my collie mix, Cody.....not yet ready to come in from the snow!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

EXHIBITION NEWS!

EXHIBITION NEWS!

http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com/index.cfm?method=Photography.Upcoming

I have been invited, along with 5 other photographers, to participate in an exhibit of Fine Art Photography dedicated to the Equine at the newly opened Carrie Haddad Photographs gallery in Hudson. New York. Long known for her support of photographers, Carrie Haddad, owner of the Carrie Haddad Gallery has opened a space specifically for Fine Art Photography at 318 Warren Street in Hudson, New York. Opening January 22nd, the gallery will be host to equine work from local and international photographers; Tim Flach, David Seiler, Ida Weygandt, Christopher Makos, Paul Solberg and myself. Join me if you can, for the Reception on January 24th from 6 to 8pm. I hope to see some of you there, so I can show you some of my newest work.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Solstice composite - River Road Percherons


Here is a composite of the solstice shots I took yesterday. Enjoy. My fingers froze during the shoot, as I had forgotten my gloves. Ah well...all for art!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Solstice Project


Every year the Equine Photographer's Network (EPN) has an open entry Solstice competition. Images have to be shot either the day before, day of or day after the solstice. Here is the image that I posted. I call it Solstice in Barrytown.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ex Arte Equinus II - Equine Art at it's best

I think that I have mentioned before my involvement with the Ex Arte Equinus II fine equine art competition that is sponsored by Art Horse Magazine. I had the distinct honor of being the Show Director this year. The competition has 4 categories; painting, photography, sculpture and drawing. I was incredibly impressed by the quality and scope of the work entered this year. Artists from around the world sent work for judging. I consider this competition to embody the pinnacle of contemporary Equine Art. Take a look at the show and the winners at http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html

In addition to the online show and the winners that will be published in the magazine, there will be a published volume of the show available for sale in February.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Cowboys and Indians Magazine Photography Award


I just found out that my image "Rhapsody in White" has won the Best Equine Photograph award in the Cowboys and Indians magazine's annual photography competition. It will be published in the March issue and is due on Newsstands early Feb.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Sheep / Goats and Llamas


Wondering what I have been up to?

Most of my time lately has been spent organizing the Ex Arte Equinus II equine fine art competition. Art Horse Magazine is sponsoring this show for the second year and I was honored to be asked to be the show director. Fine Art using the equine as subject has been entered from all over the world. Entries were accepted in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Photography. All the images are now off to the judges for them to make their decisions. The show is published in Art Horse Magazine as well as in a book. You can see last years show by going to http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition_2008.html

In addition to all that administrative work, I have been holed up in the basement printing for my show next year at the Silo Gallery in New Milford, CT. Keep coming back for more updates on that show as they develop. I can tell you that the theme of my work for the show is White Horses and I am contemplating putting together a book to accompany the show and that will be available for sale.


And here is a peek at some proofs from the recent NYState Sheep and Wool Festival that was at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds a few weeks ago. These may come out in boxed sets of cards. Or at least that is what I am thinking right now.




Monday, October 27, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Giclee Color Prints available






As I have been dabbling in digital, I have created some images that I think stand up well with my B&W work. I am making these available for purchase as either inkjet reproductions or as Archival Giclee prints. You can see all of the color images in my gallery at http://www.julietharrisonphotography.smugmug.com/ Inkjets are $24.95 plus shipping. Archival Giclee prices are based on the size of the print. They start at $120.00 plus shipping for an 8x10. All work is signed by the artist. For the purchase of any of these images, contact me, Juliet, at juliet@lechevalthehorse.com . To see my B&W work go to http://www.lechevalthehorse.com/

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Sadness

So of you may recall my post in June where I mentioned the passing of my mother the previous year. Unfortunately, that sadness has hit me again. My father passed away on the 11th of September. I know we all have to face this at some point in our lives. I would have liked a bit more time in between. But life is what you get and what you do with it. My father was an amazing person. I learn more about him everyday as I speak to his friends and neighbors. He was 83 and was incredibly active. He was a potter with his own kiln and wheel. A clock restorer with over 50 clock bodies in his house awaiting his attention. He volunteered at a local museum for the last 17 years as well as volunteering for the LA Arboretum on their plant help line. For 21 years he headed the landscape committee at his condo community. Let me not forget his tennis playing and travel each year. I hope when my time comes, people will have as much to say about me as they have about my Dad. So, fair the well, Martin B. Harrison and thank you for all you imparted to me.

And I promise happier postings in the near future.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Art Horse Magazine

Oops. Did I ever forget something BIG!!! There is a feature article about my work in Art Horse Magazine's Summer 2008 issue. It was very exciting to see my work published in this beautiful magazine, that is a must for all equine enthusiats. You can purchase a copy...or better yet....get a subscription at www.arthorsemagazine.com

More Happenings

Time to keep everyone up to date.




I have been having lots of fun with my new digital camera. I went to Saratoga to the racetrack for a weekend this summer. What a wonderful place to take my cameras. I met my friend Linda Shantz (equine painter from Canada) up there and we had a blast.




There is still a few more weeks to see my work there at Terry Lindsay's Equidae Gallery in the Holiday Inn. The show closes after Labor Day.


A few weeks after I was up there, I went to the HITS showground in Saugerties. NY and photographed the Parade of Breeds and Grand Prix jumping. As you can see, it was a miserably rainy day. But I still had fun.






These color images and more can be seen at www.julietharrisonphotography.smugmug.com They are available for use as reference photos for artists and as inkjet prints. Not to worry. I did bring my B&W film and got some great shots. I just haven't been in the darkroom printing them yet.



Upcoming stuff.......

Next fall I have been invited to participate in a 2-person show of equine art at the Silo Gallery at the Hunt Hill Farm Trust in New Milford, CT. This will be a great chance for me to showcase more than 20 pieces of my new work. I will keep everyone posted as that comes closer. Until the next post....have a wonderful end of summer!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Reference Photos for Artists


One of my newest adventures has been the acquisition of a digital camera body. No....I do not intend to EVER give up my B&W film work. That is where my heart and artistic intentions lay. But, in an effort to challenge myself, I have started taking more color images. The things in the frame become more glaringly apparent in color. Thus I have to be more observant and that is a great exercise for me. As a result had all of these color images and nothing to do with them. I have decided to market them to my fellow artists as reference images. You can find these pictures that I have mostly left uncropped and unaltered at http://www.julietharrisonphotography.smugmug.com/ . If you are an artist and have any special image needs, feel free to contact me at juliet@lechevalthehorse.com .

A Month of Anniversaries

Now that June is over and I have a bit of time to reflect......I realized what a difficult month it has been. For me, it was a month of Anniversaries.

The most simple ones are the anniversary of my birth (50 years), my sons birth (14 years) and that of my marriage (20 years).

More subtle anniversaries were things like, it has been a year since my mom passed away. That made my big birthday very bittersweet, not having her there to share the day with me. The last time I heard her voice was on an answering machine last year when she called from the ICU to wish my son happy 13th birthday. I heard she really gave the nurses a hard time that day insisting that she be able to call. So Jackson's birthday also served this year as a reminder of her absence.

Other anniversaries were celebrated......it was 10 years ago, for my 40th birthday, that I returned to riding after a 27 year hiatus from horses. Along with that came my focus on photographing horses. And 7 years ago in June, I bought my first horse Tony. Tony has answered my childhood dream and been a great companion and teacher.

So, now that June has ended, I can finish reflecting on the past and move again towards the future which includes exhibitions of my work at the HITS Artists and Exhibitors Gala on July 24th. Culminating in the display of work on the HITS showgrounds in Saugerties, NY through mid August. In addition, my work will again this year be at Terry Lindsay's Equidae Gallery at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY from July 25th through September 1st. If you can get up to enjoy a race day be sure to stop by the gallery.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

LOCAL SHOW venues


To All of my Local Hudson Valley Friends

As of this weekend, you will now be able to find images from my EQUISCAPES series at the CARRIE HADDAD GALLERY in Hudson, New York. The Gallery represents local Artists and Photographers of the Hudson Valley, the first Art Gallery in Hudson NY. established in 1991. http://www.carriehaddadgallery.com/ . I am very excited about having my work represented in such wonderful company. If you get a chance, spend the day in Hudson exploring the galleries, antique stores and wonderful eateries. it make for a great day-trip from New York City and the surrounds.

In addition, I have several pieces at the 2nd ANNUAL EQUINE ART GALA preview on the H.I.T.S. showground's in Saugerties, NY through next weekend. Following that will be the 2nd Annual Equine Art Gala and Exhibitor Mixer on the evening of July 24th. Check to website http://www.hitsshows.com/ under the Saugerties Special Events section for more details.

Hope you are all surviving the intro to Summer that we have been having here in the Hudson Valley. It is cool in my darkroom, so I expect to spend a bit of time down there this week! I have some wonderful new Equiscapes to work on. I have posted a sneak peak at one on the top here.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Late Spring Happenings / Website Updates

Hello All,

It has been beautiful weather and I have been enjoying it to the fullest. So, as you can imagine....not much time has been spent in the darkroom. But I certainly have things to share with everyone.

My work has come home from the last round of shows. So now I have to determine what I will send out again. I have taken the risk and entered a group of Fine Art Photography shows that are coming up this year. Only one of the these shows will be an actual 'brick and mortar" show. The others will have accepted work displayed either on-line or in publications. I promise to keep everyone posted on these as I hear.

I am thrilled to announce that there will be a feature article about my work in the Summer issue of Art Horse Magazine. For those of you unfamiliar with the magazine, you can take a look on their website at http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/ . You can reserve a copy of the Summer issue by subscribing online or contacting them directly.

Website Updates have finally been finished, thanks to Sheri Gordon, my wonderful webmistress from Black Horse Designs. So take a look at the new images in all of the galleries. You will notice that the Equine Landscapes and Topographicals series has gotten a new name and MANY more images. The series is called Equiscapes now. Another thing that will be apparent, is the addition of new color images in that series and in the color gallery. Enjoy them and let me know what you think. Adding color feels risky for me but these images just demanded my attention. Since I do not print my own color work, these will only be available as Giclee prints. http://www.lechevalthehorse.com/

I have decided to offer some of my color work as reference photos to my fellow artists. I have set up some webpages on SmugMug where these images can be seen. Purchase of use rights will come directly through me and large resolution jpegs will be sent to the purchaser. You can see these pages by going to http://www.julietharrisonphotography.smugmug.com/ . I will be adding to them frequently, so check back from time to time. in addition, if you have particular image needs, feel free to contact me to discuss whether I have anything that might work.

Here is one of my favorite recent color shots available to painters and in print form.....Meet Sorpresa, Andalusian mare owner by painter Karen Brenner. Enjoy!



Juliethttp://www.lechevalthehorse.com/

Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Email....

A good Spring morning to all,

Just a note.....I have a new email address julietharrison@earthlink.net . Make a note of the change as the webjogger address will not work after this month.

Click on this link to the Equine Photographer's Network website and see the two images I have that made it into the final selections for their Equine Ideal Competition. http://www.equinephotocontest.com/peopleschoice.asp
There is an opportunity for a People's Choice voting. My images are in the professional category under the B&W heading. They are titled "Braids" and "Rhapsody in White". Check out as well all of the other beautiful photographs.

One more reminder.....The Cow Palace Grand National Art Show and Sale opened last night and will be there for the next 9 days. The Equine Art show at the Windsor Whip Works Gallery, in Windsor NY will be up until the first weekend in May. I will be back there on May 3rd for a gallery talk.

And for all my local friends.....the Photowork '08 show opens tonight with a reception from 4-6pm at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie. I have two pieces that were juried into the show.

I hope your weather is as beautiful as ours today.
Juliet
www.lechevalthehorse.com

Something Personal.....


On a personal note…

As artists we are often told not to share our personal lives. Others have said that it destroys the “Mystique” surrounding the artist and his/her work. In this instance, I am going to break with that tradition to share something important to me.

As some of you will know, at this time last year I was occupied with the care of my critically ill mother. Not long after, in June, she passed away. The care for and subsequent loss of my mother, has greatly affected me over this year.

My mother was my first and one of my staunchest supporters. As an incredibly creative person herself, she and my father exposed my sister and I, to art very early in our lives. And infused us with a sense of art’s importance in contributing to a life well lived. Last year I was at a workshop where the leader said that “if your mother likes your artwork, than you needed to change the work”. Well, my mother not only liked my work, she understood it. She displayed it on her walls, not only as the work of her daughter, but as work she chose to surround herself with.

I have made such wonderful advances in both my work itself and in where it can be found, over this last year. I am sorry that my mom is not here to see and share this with me. I miss her deeply and know she would have been very proud and would have continued to cheer me on. And I wanted to share the power of that legacy with all of you.

Thank you all for letting me get “personal”. And to my father I say…Thank you for continuing to share this journey with me.

Juliet

Monday, March 17, 2008

Barrett Art Center - PHOTOWORK '08

Just wanted to send along a short note to let everyone know that I will have two works in the Photowork '08 show at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. The show was juried by Donna Ruskin of the International Center of Photography in New York City. The show will be installed from April 5th through May 10th. there is an opening reception on April 5th from 4-6pm.

And Remember -

The show at the Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery will be opening on the 29th of March and run through May 5th.

And for those in the San Francisco area the Grand National Art Show and Sale will take place at the Cow Palace from April 4th through the 12th.

Happy Early Spring. I can see the crocuses and daffodils starting to peek up in my yard.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

News for a Rainy Day

A rainy day hello to everybody,

I just wanted to let everyone know that I will have 5 pieces at a very special show at the Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery in Windsor, New York from March 29th through May 9th. The show is made up of work by 15 different Equine Artists. Part of the proceeds from the sales at this show will by donated to Stable Movements/Southern Tier Alternative Therapies an organization that provides hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to children and adults with disabilities.

What is Hippotherapy?
Hippotherapy is a treatment that uses the multidimensional movement of the horse; from the Greek word "hippos" which means horse. Specially trained physical, occupational and speech therapists use this medical treatment for clients who have movement dysfunction. Historically, the therapeutic benefits of the horse were recognized as early as 460 BC. The use of the horse as therapy evolved throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.
Hippotherapy uses activities on the horse that are meaningful to the client. Treatment takes place in a controlled environment where graded sensory input can elicit appropriate adaptive responses from the client. Specific riding skills are not taught (as in therapeutic riding), but rather a foundation is established to improve neurological function and sensory processing. This foundation can then be generalized to a wide range of daily activities.
Why the Horse?
The horse's walk provides sensory input through movement which is variable, rhythmic and repetitive. The resultant movement responses in the client are similar to human movement patterns of the pelvis while walking. The variability of the horse's gait enables the therapist to grade the degree of sensory input to the client, then use this movement in combination with other clinical treatments to achieve desired results. Clients respond enthusiastically to this enjoyable learning experience in a natural setting.
Physically, hippotherapy can improve balance, posture, mobility and function. Hippotherapy may also affect psychological, cognitive, behavioral and communication functions for clients of all ages. Clients who may benefit from hippotherapy can have a variety of diagnoses: examples include Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Autism and Learning or Language Disabilities.

Join the fun at the opening reception on March 29th from 6-9pm and support a great cause.

Juliet www.LeChevalTheHorse.com

Sunday, February 03, 2008

February Newsletter


February Newsletter

I hope everyone is trying to find ways to enjoy this winter! I have news and information to share.

Currently, on the Canine Art Guild Website, the membership has presented a show of work with a Black and White theme. On the third page you will find a new image of mine titled “Boxer Grins”. Enjoy the wonderful group of work that showcases the varied talents of the members of the CAG. You will find the show by going to www.canineartguild.com and clicking on the show banner.

For those living in the Mid-West….or at least closer to Columbus, Ohio, you will be able to view two of my livestock images at the Wings, Tails, Hooves and Scales exhibit held in conjunction with the Midwest Veterinary Conference presented by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association. The show will be up from Feb. 21st-24th. It is located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. I am not sure when the exhibit is open to the public, but I do know that they have set aside public viewing hours. I will be entering another show in Ohio that I will let everyone know about if the work is accepted to that one.

Here is another reminder for the West Coast, the Grand National Art Show and Sale at the Cow Palace outside of San Francisco will be held April 4th-12th. This show will have more than 500 pieces of Western and Equestrian themed art. I will have 5 pieces on display there. I expect the quality of work that will be at this show will be tremendous as they are gathering the best of the best from around the world.

Local friends can find me next Sat. February 9th at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in Woodstock, New York. I will participating in a portfolio review that will be open for public viewing from 6-8pm. I will have 17 of my “Equine Landscapes and Topographcals” images with me matted and ready for sale. Many are so new they have not been shown anywhere before.

The final bit of information I have to share is thanks to a new collector from the Chicago area. I am now able to offer oversized Giclee prints of my work. Up until now my prints have been limited by the size of my negative and darkroom. Limited Edition originals are still offered only to size 11x14, but the open edition giclees can be printed much larger. If you are interested, please contact me for more information.

Stay Warm and Dry!

Juliet
www.lechevalthehorse.com

Saturday, January 19, 2008

In Praise of the Monochromatic Palette - Sheona Hamilton Grant

As an artist, I believe one of the most difficult challenges you can set for yourself, is to created images without using color. To be successful at it is even harder. Graphite artist, Sheona Hamilton-Grant is one such artist. She breathes live into her subjects, be they animal or human.

One thinks of the “lowly” pencil as a tool for sketching or as used for laying down the under drawing for a painting. Not so for Sheona. In her hand graphite produces the full range of tone. Flesh and hair take on warmth. Eyes sparkle with light and emotion. People and animals exude individual personality.

Take a look at her work titled “Head to Toe”. Can you not feel the softness of the hair on the horses’ chest? Feel the muscle beneath the surface? Hear the sound of his teeth as he mouths the bit? There is so much emotion in “Quality Time”. A softness to the baby’s skin. We know what that feels like and Sheona Hamilton-Grant has offered the viewer an opportunity to have a visceral, as well as, visual memory.

And then there is “Out of the Dust”. Power and grace coming towards the viewer out of a fine mist of dust. The definition of line and light are truly spectacular.

Sheona Hamilton-Grant’s mastery of the medium is undeniable. Her style, her “signature”, unique and exquisite. She has successfully accomplished what many can only dream of doing. Her work breathes with life using a monochromatic Palette. To her must be awarded high praise.

To see the work of Sheona Hamilton-Grant you can go to her website. www.sheonahamiltongrant.com

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

January Thaw

Hello to all in 2008!

I have a couple of events and some special pricing to let everyone know about.

Special Pricing
I will be updating my website some time in February and will be adding lots of new images. So to make some room I will also be editing and removing some images. Those original prints that will be temporarily retired are being offered at 30% off until February 1st.
The list of titles is as follows
Gallery - Horses - "At Rest"
"Germantown, New York 2002"
"Muzzle"
"Untitled"
"Layers"
Draft - "Working Draft"
"Bob"
English Riding - "Friesian Movement"
"Friesian Power"
Livestock - "Untitled"
"Enamored"
"Study Calf"

If you are interested in purchasing any of these original prints, do not use the Paypal button, as that will not allow for the discount. Just contact me and we can go from there.

Events
For those of you in the local area, I will be having a mini showing of my work starting this Friday through Sunday at the Rhinebeck Tack Shop in Rhinebeck, New York. This is the third you I have been able to do this in conjunction with the first weekend of their annual sale. If you are in the area on Friday, there will be a reception at the shop from 5-7pm. There will be additional special pricing on all original prints that night. I would love to see you there.

For those on the West Coast
I will have 5 pieces in the Grand National Art Show and Sale at the Cow Palace in San Francisco April 4th through April 12, 2008. This looks to be a huge event with Equine and Western themed artwork from all over the world. I am very proud and excited to have been invited to participate in this wonderful event.

More exciting things will be happening this summer and I will let everyone know about them when I have details.

Stay Warm and Stay Dry! Looking forward to hearing from and seeing some of you soon.
Juliet www.LeChevalTheHorse.com