Sunday, December 26, 2010

Abstract Horse Painting, Early Morning Seaside Canter by Theresa Paden


Abstract Horse Painting
"Early Morning Seaside Canter"
Contemporary Equine Art by Theresa Paden

24" X 24" 
Sold
Prints and giclees are available.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Abstract Buffalo Painting, Contemporary Southwestern Wildlife Art, Bison at Dusk, by Theresa Paden



Abstract Buffalo Painting
Contemporary Southwestern Wildlife Art
"Bison at Dusk"
By Theresa Paden

36" X 24" Acrylic on canvas
Sold


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I used my palette knife and applied many layers of thick, buttery paint 
to create this abstract buffalo painting. Lots of bright colors, contrast, 
and texture in this expressionistic contemporary wildlife bison piece.

Here's how it looks in a Southwestern interior.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Southwestern Contemporary Art, Bison on the Santa Fe Trail, by Theresa Paden




"Bison on the Santa Fe Trail"
Southwestern Contemporary Art
By Theresa Paden

36" X 24" 
Acrylic on 1 1/2" Deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Edges are painted, no frame needed.
Ready to hang.

Email me for purchasing information
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Here's how it looks in an interior.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"Bison on the Prairie in Autumn" Abstract Bison, Southwestern Buffalo Painting, by Theresa Paden


"Bison on the Prairie in Autumn"
Contemporary American Buffalo Painting
By Theresa Paden

16" X 20"
Acrylic on 3/4" gallery-wrapped canvas.
I continued the painting onto the edges of the canvas,
so no frame is needed.
Wired and ready to hang.

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Here's how the painting looks in an interior.
Painting is not to scale.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Abstract Southwestern Bison, Contemporary Wildlife Art, American Buffalo by Theresa Paden


"Fire and Rain"
Abstract American Buffalo Original Painting
By Theresa Paden

22" X 28" 
Hand-painted with acrylic paint on 3/4" deep gallery-wrapped canvas.
The painting is continued onto the edges.
Sold

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Here's an example of how the painting looks in an interior.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Longhorn Cow, Painting by Theresa Paden


"Texas Longhorn, on the Prairie"
By Theresa Paden
16" X 20" oil on canvas, 

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I'm honored to be the featured artist for the month of November 
at Gem-N-I Gallery in Folsom, California. This is one of the paintings 
that will be on display at the gallery this weekend. I'll be at the 
gallery all day Saturday and there will be a reception Saturday evening. 
If you're in the area, come by and visit!

I thought you might like to see the stages of the painting in progress.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Her Blue Eye" Fox Trotter Portrait by Theresa Paden


"Her Blue Eye"
Fox Trotter Portrait
By Theresa Paden
#45 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
Benefiting California Coastal Horse Rescue

12 x 9" Pastel chalk on gray Canson paper

15% will be donated to 
California Coastal Horse Rescue

This is my horse, "Music" 
who is a Missouri Fox Trotter. 
She has one beautiful brown eye and 
one beautiful blue eye. 

I'm giving away a free charcoal drawing. 
See the post from earlier today (below) to 
get details about how to enter.

If you're interested in purchasing today's drawing,
please email me
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Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Colt McCoy, Belgian Warmblood Portrait by Theresa Paden


"Colt McCoy"
Belgian Warmblood Portrait
By Theresa Paden
#41 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
8" X 10" Charcoal on Canson paper
15% will be donated to 
California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai.

This is Colt McCoy. 
He belongs to my friend, Tally. 
Colt was born on May 10th to Irish Linen, 
a premium Belgian Warmblood mare.
At the recent annual inspection, the Keuring, he was 
rated number two in the United States, 
missing the number one spot by only one point! 
He's also super friendly and loves attention.


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Friday, October 29, 2010

Study of Carmelita Pastel Chalk Equine Drawing by Theresa Paden


"Study of Carmelita"
Pastel Chalk Equine Drawing
By Theresa Paden
#40 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
12" X 16" Pastel on gray Canson paper



Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

McGee, an Arabian Horse Portrait by Theresa Paden


"McGee"
 Arabian Horse Portrait
By Theresa Paden
#33 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
12" X 12" Pastel on brown Canson paper

15% will be donated to 

McGee is an Arabian that my youngest daughter 
used to ride. He let her brush him, braid his mane and do all 
those girly things to him for hours on end. 
He put up with all of it, but always had a look on his face, 
like he was thinking "Here we go again"! 

To purchase this drawing, please email me
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Thanks for looking at my artwork!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Portrait of a Tennessee Walking Horse by Theresa Paden


Portrait of a Tennessee Walker
By Theresa Paden
#30 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
14" X 18" Pastel on gray canson paper


15% will be donated to
California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai

This is Scout and he is a Tennessee Walker. 
He's another one of those horses with a puppy dog personality 
who just loves people. At feeding time he would rather 
visit with the humans than go eat! 

 Here is the drawing shortly after I started it.

If you're interested in purchasing this drawing, 
please email me, theresapaden@gmail.com

 Thank you for looking at my art :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Just Having Fun, Charcoal Horse Drawing by Theresa Paden

"Just Having Fun"
Charcoal Horse Drawing
By Theresa Paden
#25 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
14 X 14" Charcoal on paper
Sold

This horse is having a great time running, frolicking, and showing off!
15% of sale donated to 
California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai
Please click here to learn about all they do to help horses who
have been abandoned, neglected, or just need homes.

Commissions accepted
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Amber Gaze


"Amber Gaze"
 By Theresa Paden

#23 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
12 X 12" Oil on canvas

15% will be donated

Email me to purchase
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I accept PayPal and personal checks

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Carabelle, Drawing of an Arabian Mare, by Theresa Paden


"Carabelle"
Drawing of an Arabian Mare
#10 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
By Theresa Paden
10" X 10" Charcoal on 140 lb. paper

15% of sale will be donated to 


Thanks for visiting! Check back tomorrow to see horse #11!


Friday, September 24, 2010

Pastel Horse Drawing by Theresa Paden

"Topaz"
By Theresa Paden
#5 of 50 Horses in 50 Days
8" X 8" Pastel on paper

15% of the sale will be donated to California Coastal Horse Rescue

This pastel drawing of a beautiful blue-eyed horse 
is number 5 of 50 Horses in 50 Days. 
If you're interested in purchasing it, please email me.
theresapaden@gmail.com
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

50 Horses in 50 Days, Art Benefiting California Coastal Horse Rescue



I am very excited to announce that starting today I will be 
painting and drawing 50 horses in 50 days and 15% of the profits will be given to
California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai. The equine artwork will 
consist of drawings and paintings. Some will be small and some larger. 
The styles will also vary and will include impressionistic, 
expressionistic, and abstract. 

  California Coastal Horse Rescue in Ojai provides food, shelter, rehabilitation, 
medical care, and adoption services for horses that have been abused, abandoned or neglected. This is an opportunity for me to help those horses. It's also going to be 
a growing experience for me as an artist. I hope you will follow along 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

California Landscape Impressionism by Theresa Paden


"Cambria Cattle"
California Landscape Impressionism
By Theresa Paden
16" X 20" Oil on canvas
Sold to a collector in Grass Valley, California
10% of the sale has been donated to Pet Rescue Association in Sun Valley, CA

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Black Eyed Susans, Still Life Painting by Theresa Paden

"Black Eyed Susans" 
Still Life Painting by Theresa Paden
8" X 10" Oil on canvas



When I went to Trader Joe's, to get ingredients for 
dinner, I couldn't resist this black eyed Susan plant.  
I love their cheerful yellowy-orange color!

If you're interested in purchasing this painting, email me.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Painting of Sunflowers and Crepe Myrtle by Theresa Paden


 "Sunflowers and Crepe Myrtle"
By Theresa Paden
12" X 12"  Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas.
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 When I went to Trader Joe's I picked up some sunflowers.  
We have some crepe myrtle trees in our yard, so I clipped a few blooms 
and put them in the pitcher with the sunflowers. 
What a cheerful bouquet they make! 
I had fun painting these and I hope you enjoy them, too!

I continued the painting onto the sides of the canvas, 
so the painting can be hung without a frame. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Longhorn Cow Basking in the Sun, Oil Painting by Theresa Paden



"Longhorn Cow Basking in the Sun"
Original Oil Painting by Theresa Paden
9" X 12" Oil on canvasboard


This is another one of the longhorn cows that we saw up in Cambria. 
She was enjoying the sun that had finally come out 
after a long overcast morning. 

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Purchase with PayPal or email me to pay with a check.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Buffalo in Spring, Wildlife Oil Painting, by Theresa Paden

"Buffalo in Spring"
Impressionist Wildlife Painting by Theresa Paden
8" X 10" 
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas

This painting would look great framed, 
or since I have continued the painting onto the sides of the canvas, 
you can also display it on a small tabletop easel or hang it unframed. 
Click here to see more of my paintings on my website

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Email me for international shipping prices.
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Cambria Cattle, California Landscape Impressionism by Theresa Paden


"Cambria Cattle"
California Landscape Impressionism
By Theresa Paden
16" X 20" Oil on canvas,
Sold
 Cambria is a beautiful little town on the California coast where the Hearst Castle is located. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, hillsides, pines, and vineyards. The town itself is very picturesque and has many charming little shops to browse in. My husband and I visited Cambria last weekend, and we came upon some cattle, happily grazing in a big field. I used loose brushstrokes and vivid colors to depict the cattle and the beauty of the countryside.
I hope you enjoy it!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Landscape Painting by Theresa Paden


Landscape Painting by Theresa Paden
20" X 24" Oil on canvas

Sold, at the American Cancer Society Benefit Auction

This is the second painting I've done of this location 
in Thousand Oaks, but this time I wanted to use
looser brush strokes, more vivid colors,
and the view is from a slightly different angle. 
These cliffs were formed by a now extinct volcano.  

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Desert Bighorn Sheep, Oil Painting by Theresa Paden



"Desert Bighorn Sheep" 
by Theresa Paden
16" X 20" Oil on canvas


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10% of the proceeds from the sale of this painting will
go to the National Wildlife Federation

Sadly, these magnificent animals are endangered.
There were between 1.5 million to 2 million
bighorn sheep in North America
a
t the beginning of the nineteenth century.
Today, there are less than 70,000.

To learn more about Bighorn Sheep, go to
http://www.bighorninstitute.org/endangered.htm

Below are the stages of my painting as it progressed.

Now I continue to define the structure of the face, horns, and neck, making sure to keep in mind where the light source is.


The next step is to add some of the darkest darks and lightest lights, so I can use them to gauge the other values that I will be adding as I paint. This is why I develop the face so early on in the painting, because the eyes and mouth will usually have some of the darkest values.



After I transfer my drawing to the canvas, I begin blocking in basic structure, values, and colors.
I am constantly learning, and creating art is all about growth, but with each animal I draw and paint, I gain more experience.
I spend a lot of time working on the drawing before I transfer it to the canvas. To me, the anatomy is the most important part of a painting. It's the structure on which everything else in the painting hinges. If the anatomy of an animal is inaccurate, all the beautiful brush strokes and colors that are applied later don't matter because viewers and art collectors can sense that something is wrong with the basic structure of the animal, even if they can't pin-point exactly what is off. This is especially true with horse paintings. So I do a lot of research on the skeletal and muscular aspects of the subject and try to get the anatomy as close to correct as I can. As I said, I learn a little more with each animal I draw. When I paint horses, I will often stop painting and go out to feel my horse's head, legs, or torso so I can know where the bones, tendons, and muscles actually are. She loves the attention, too!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Stages of my buffalo painting

 "Prairie King at Sunset"
By Theresa Paden
16" X 20" oil on canvas,

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Below are the stages of my buffalo painting.

I start by blocking in the basic shapes, colors, and values.

Next, I begin to define the basic structures of the face.

Now I'm putting some cool colors onto the buffalo,
and beginning to define his legs and torso.
The blue,
on the shadow side of his face, ties in with the sky.

Next I start adding texture to his coat,
and warm tones on the light side of his head and torso.

Adding more detail and building up texture.

Working on the grass, the shadow, and the legs of the buffalo.

He's done!