Drawing with Paint - Michael PoncÚ - by Sarah H. Crampton
Continuing an Ancient Tradition - by Sarah H. Crampton
Casein, the underestimated medium - by Kathi Peters
Robert Pace Kidd: It's in the Leather
Recently, I was fortunate to view the Masters of the American West Exhibit at the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, California. The artwork was astounding. Western art genre includes the horse among its subjects so very often and shouldn't be missed by those who admire it. Veryl Goodnight exhibited an exquisite bronze of a horse head, as well as her newest piece - a charming life-size, miniature donkey in a typical sprawled-legged stance. Mehl Lawson, a Cowboy Artist of America sculptor admired for his horses, exhibited a large sculpture of a cowboy astride his horse while it drinks from a stream. His hat is set on his head the way only a cowboy can wear it. And the horse, as always, was one any horseman would ride.
As you walked into the exhibit, the first painting in your view was by Howard Terpning. It depicted native American Indians standing on a rock ledge overlooking a waterfall. The painting is large in size, and its presence on the wall was almost overwhelming. It was hard to take your eyes off it. As you came closer to the depiction of the waterfall, you could feel the mist from the water. It was unmistakable and quite an experience.
Not once, when I was viewing Terpning's painting, did I think about the kind of paint he used, where he came upon the concept, or why. I was enchanted and speechless. The experience brought to mind comments made by Robin Caspari in her article in this issue titled Untamed Realism. Caspari states that in her painting she is trying to communicate what words cannot. That it is about how the painting affects you. It goes beyond all the components. All the parts make up more than a whole that we admire and comprehend.
In seems many western and equine artists today are continuing to explore the romantic tradition stressing a view of nature in tune with human compassion and free expression, and inherently possessing a logic and order we cherish and intuitively understand. And we are the beneficiaries of their efforts.
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