Friday, May 28, 2010

Stages of my buffalo painting

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

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!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Southwestern Art, Santa Fe

"Colors of Santa Fe"
By Theresa Paden
30" X 24" acrylic on canvas

This painting was inspired by a few trips to New Mexico, that my husband and I took, to visit relatives. I wanted to capture the feeling of the architecture and colors of Santa Fe.

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Southwestern Art, Acrylic Painting by Theresa Paden

"Remembering New Mexico"
By Theresa Paden
24" X 36" acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Plein Air Painting on an Old Western Movie Ranch

"Corriganville Rocks"
Oil on canvasboard, 9" X 12"

Corriganville Movie Ranch is located in Simi Valley, California. It's a park now and a great place to go hiking and painting, but Corriganville is full of history, too. For years it was a working movie ranch for Western movies and TV shows such as The Lone Ranger, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Fort Apache, Star Trek, and even The Creature From the Black Lagoon! Placards, placed all over the park, show what buildings used to be there and what films they were used in. There are incredible rock formations and beautiful oak trees, too.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Texas Longhorn, on the Prairie

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

Thank you to Robert Hensley for the reference photos.

 Below are the stages of this painting in progress. 

Adding more detail, almost done.

I added some brush at the bottom of the painting and continued working
on the face and body of the cow.

In this stage I have worked on the horns, and enlarged the rear end of the cow to be more correctly in proportion to her head.

This (above) is where I left off last night before I went to bed. At this point the painting is about half finished. I had added more orange into the mountains, sky, and landscape. I also worked on the eye, that is closest, and made it softer so she looks more peaceful and not so scared. When I got up this morning and looked at it, I realized that her head is too large in relation to her rear end. Her hips and rear area should be larger than I have drawn them because they are closer to the viewer. So today I will increase the size of her rear end, and then she should look more accurately proportioned.

Now I have made a little more progress on the mountains and sky.

During the next phase (above) I have begun to add some cool hues of purple and blue, and added some mountains into the background. I'm still keeping it very loose at this point.

My fascination with herd/prey animals continues, and here (above) is my current work in progress, a Texas Long Horn cow. I have drawn her with pencil onto my canvas and have begun to add some orange and peach to the drawing.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sophia Painting

"Sophia Painting"
20" X 16", oil on canvas

This is a portrait of my daughter when she was young, experimenting with water color in our backyard. Now that Sophie is 16, she refers to her childhood hairstyle as the hideous soup bowl haircut, but I still think it was adorable!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Playing in the Pacific

"Playing in the Pacific"
By Theresa Paden
16" X 20" oil on canvas
10% of proceeds will be donated to Heart of a Horse Foundation

Thank you to Chris Willis at Flickr for providing the reference photo.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


By Theresa Paden

22" X 28" oil on canvas


Sold to a collector in St Louis, MO

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