I was so honored to be invited to paint at the Booth Western Art Museum last Friday. A fund raiser for the Young Philanthropists organization was held in the evening. Four artists were creating pieces while music played. We had about an hour and a quarter to finish our work. First we wandered this amazing museum, a jewel box of western art set in Cartersville, GA. The bronzes, the paintings, and the kindest, brightest group of people you would ever want to meet were all there.
I arrived with an easel, supplies and a large sheet of watercolor paper painted with a gray blue wash. The party begins with music playing and attendees mingling and enjoying themselves. I start to sketch.
Pencil on acrylic wash to get a sense of where I am going with this piece.
The paint goes on as the cowboy, horse, barn, fence, and trees begin to appear.
The grass, highlights, a few sparks of color to add some zip are the last things to add.
I was so happy to see my friend Kitty Klein at the event. She brought her husband, John and friend, Lee Ann.
As the artists finished their paintings cowboy hats were set out for raffle tickets. Party goers could put their tickets in the hats at each artist’s station.
The climactic moment arrived, with painting in hand I went to the stage to explain my painting. Both of my grandfathers had had horses. One was an actual cowboy in west Texas while the other was part of a mounted posse in Arizona. The latter actually passed away while riding his beloved Palomino. Horses have been a favorite part of my life as well.
The raffle ticket was drawn and the winner was the lovely Elizabeth.
What a pleasure to see my painting go to somebody who was so excited and pleased to have it.
Thank you so much to this wonderful organization for including me in this magic evening.