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Chiaroscuro – lights and darks

underpass sketch, web] P1000227 P1000225 P1000226

During the recent rain I went sketching under the 105 Freeway. I think all the angles make for an interesting composition! Not pretty, that’s for sure – It may or may not lead to a bigger painting.

I was fairly protected when I painted, but it was very cold and some water got on to the first watercolor sketch. It actually helped! Looks much better, thank you!

As artists, we have to explore all kinds of subject matter and this is one I was always curious about. I might not sell many of these, but even paintings like this can have a certain appeal just for it’s urban grittiness. It’s not about the glorious Venice sunset all the time. There can be some beauty in the vertical and horizontal lines of an underpass as well! It all depends on the interpretation!

Horse studies

horse study, by frankeber 2013

horse study, by frankeber 

I'll scratch your back...by frankeber 2013
I’ll scratch your back…by frankeber 2013


I’ve been drawing and painting a lot of horses lately. They are a fascinating subject and quite difficult. These two are horse portraits from reference material. The photographs were taken in Vienna, Austria. Horses are the most beautiful, benign creatures and as a carriage horse have a pretty thankless job, I think. The carriage drivers are called ‘Fiaker’ and it seems you can’t be one unless you smoke at least two packs of cigarettes a day! That was at least my impression…

Having said that, they treat their horses nicely, for the most part. They get a blankie when it’s cold and windy, a rain coat when it’s  rainy! Don’t try to feed them though, the fiakers really don’t like that! It’s understandable, people would feed them all kinds of junk through out the day. Can’t be good for the horse…

I don’t consider these real paintings, more like studies – both are quarter sheets, approx 11 x 14 inches

In these works, I am particularly careful to limit hard edges. You can see lots of lost and found edges around the horses muzzles and they seem to be almost connected. The colors on the screen don’t do it justice, the purple in the second piece looks like a bland blue on my screen. Some colors just can’t be replicated by a computer screen. Almost a comforting thought to me!