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Friday, April 18, 2014

Painting Out & Being A Good Noticer


Foliage, Holmes, NY ©DeborahBollman,
Watercolor, Plein Air, Sold



I was asked a question on the subject of en plein air painting and why go outside in the sun, elements, and bugs when I could just paint from a photo in the comfort of my studio. 

I mulled over this one on of my early morning hikes with my dog, Tess.

And the title of Chapter 8 from the book Doctor Dolittle popped into my head which is... 

Are You A Good Noticer?

  • Have you ever stopped to just watch a hawk soar overhead?
  • Have you noticed lately the beautiful changing colors of the clouds at sunset?
  • When was the last time you pulled the car over to marvel at a beautiful view, not because it is your destination, but just “because”.
  • Have you laid out on a blanket at night to contemplate the stars and Universe lately?
  • Did you ever notice the the dandelion flowers open in the morning, and close up their blooms at night? How about the color? Such an incredible happy yellow!
  • Have you ever gotten close enough to a wild animal to look him in the eye?
  • How about just walking and listening to the silence in a forest?

What does this have to do with painting outside? Everything. Painting outside is about unplugging from technology, and tuning into Source. It’s about slowing down and noticing that there is a whole world going on out there while we humans are running on the wheel. 

When you set up an easel outside you have to really observe things. the colors of shadows, the sweep of a mountain, how the different parts of the landscape relate to one another. And then the painting is done quickly to capture the light before it changes, or the weather comes changes or the heat gets you. 

Painting outside teaches you to notice. It teaches you to marvel. It teaches you that you really are part of something bigger and grander. 

It teaches you to notice what an amazing beautiful planet we live on. 

And that’s why I paint outside.

Why do you paint outside? Or why don't you?

Add your comments below!

Happy painting!


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Perfectionism and Doing it Scared

Misty Trees, Watercolor, ©DeborahBollman, Sold



Boy, that title just about says it all. I’ve just gone through that dreaded period in the life of a creative where the well feels like it had run dry. As a painter I had nothing..nada....zip.... there is nothing quite as intimidating as staring down a blank, glaring white sheet of paper when you have lost all inspiration.

Judging by my email I can say with assurance that this seems to be a fairly common thing among those of us who create... be it a painting a painting, writing a book or blog content, composing a song... 

I’m going to be very transparent here. I was doing everything in by bag of tricks to avoid that sheet of paper that was staring accusingly back at me. I would “get” busy. If I’m busy, well, then I don’t have time to paint. There are too many other important things that need to get done! 

I finally reached a point where the guilt from not painting got so bad that I had to take a step back and re-assess. I had to get to the bottom of things and I decided to work with a mindset coach to try and figure out why I was trying to avoid doing something that I loved and what I discovered wasn’t pretty. 

One of the key insights that I learned is that it is not laziness or procrastination that was stopping me. It was...wait for it.... perfectionism. Yes, you heard that right. My artwork had gotten to the point where I was making good sales and had I put the pressure on myself to make every painting count. I no longer was painting for the fun of it anymore but for the market and a living. 

The fear of “getting it wrong”, screwing up and the prospect of what if next thing I paint doesn’t even come close to being as good as the last thing that I painted was stopping me in my tracks.

I work in watercolor and those of you that know watercolor know that the odds of “getting  it right” (whatever that actually means) every time is pretty slim to none. And that concept of possible failure was death to the perfectionistic ego that I was starting to become a slave to.

“The Solution”

My coach said you simply have to “do it scared”. You can’t wait until everything aligns and the fear will  magically go away. It just doesn’t work that way. Just do it scared. So I did. And you know what? It works. It feels really uncomfortable at first but I had to give myself permission to be imperfect. And guess what? The fun came back.. it led me back into the fun of seeing what the paint could do and pushing the envelope. And the bonus some of those paintings that I considered "mistakes" sold right off the easel.

An Even Bigger A-ha

And from this came an even bigger a-ha moment when I realized that we aren’t just talking about about perfectionism in just painting anymore.

We were talking about life.

How do you handle that blank paper, canvas...sheet of paper and perfectionism? 

I'd love to know. 

Leave your comments in the section below!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Time For Our Spring Studio Sale!



Well Done! ©Deborah Bollman


So who doesn't love a sale? This one is going to be really FUN! I'm in the process of sorting out my studio and have decided to offer a fun "Make an Offer" Sale!
The image above is a very happy painting! Titled Well Done! it depicts a
the horse/human bond and the satisfaction and joy after a well executed Dressage test or ride. I always enthusiastically praise my horses when they try for me and I think this is the reason this painting came so easily for me. Another super reference photo from collector, Kathy. (Thank you, Kathy!) This is a full 1/4 sheet and measures 14 x 11! Painted on super heavy 300lb archival paper this painting is unmatted and unframed. Framing instructions included!
My newly tweaked painting Well Done! is going to be offered up Silent Bid fashion. Bidding starts on this happy painting at $125. 00. Email me with your bid (don't be shy!)  to Deborah@DeborahBollman.com by Thursday, March 23 and I will notify the winner via email. Buyer to pay Priority Mail Shipping. Good luck!!

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It must Be Peeps! Season!


Peeps seems to be quite the popular painting. First it was in the Tryon Horse Newsletter, then showcased in last weeks The Chronicle of the Horse Horse Show Edition. We've got a full page write up!! How awesome is that? Did anyone get to see it?
Next it will be in April's American Hanovarian Society's magazine.
And I've just received notification that Peeps was in the judges favorite top 15% of the February 2014 BoldBrush Painting competition. Cool!

And because I'm so happy about that and it is Peeps season -Peeps prints are on Sale!
This one is quickly becoming my best selling print!

This is an 8 x 10 (image is 8 x 10, support slightly larger) new, giclee reproduction.This image is printed on a 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective,acid free cello bag with backing board. I hand sign and number every print to make it a one of a kind piece.
Spring Sale Price
$35!


Sale Ends March 31

To order your very own print just click the link below and I'll get your print sent off to you asap USPS Priority Mail!



As always thank you, thank, thank you for the interest and continued support of my work!
Warmest regards,


Thursday, March 06, 2014



I've got some fun news about my latest horse painting called "Where's the Peep?"


What horse person doesn't recognize this face? This is much loved face from a really fun perspective otherwise known as "The Mooching For Peeps Face". The inspiration for this painting came from a Hanovarian mare, named Wrose, that I had the privilege of training for close to two years. She is a real character and her owner, Amanda, discovered that Wrosie had a penchant for Peeps. You know..those marshmallow chicks that come out around Easter? It seems they are also available for a lot of other holidays so Amanda and I would load up after the holidays when the ghost Peeps, bunny Peeps, Santa Peeps, etc.. all go on sale. Wrose could hear the subtle rustle of the cellophane that comes on the Peeps packaging and she would just go nuts nickering for her most favorite treat ever. This, my friends, is the face of a Peeps moocher.







Wrose,surveying the water hazard, with her incredibly
 talented owner, Amanda Miller



And now for the fun news!

"Peep?" has become quite the popular painting! It will be showcased in the Horse Show Issue of The Chronicle of the Horse next week March 9)  and now it's also going to be published in the next edition of the American Hanovarian Society's magazine! 
And because you guys asked I now have reproductions available!








And because, y'all have been asking I now have Peeps available as a giclee reproduction!


This is an 8 x 10 (image is 8 x 10, support slightly larger) new, giclee reproduction.This image is printed on a 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective,acid free cello bag with backing board. I hand sign and number every print to make it a one of a kind piece. Framing instructions included with each print. $50 plus $6.95 Priority Mail Shipping. 
Note: the website info is NOT on the print! 

To order your very own print just click on the Buy Now Button!






Peeps is quickly becoming one of my most popular images. It's right up there with Collection and Connection and is following in the footsteps of Collection which had the cover of The Chronicle in March 2010.


Collection
Watercolor, Private Collection
The Chronicle of the Horse




Connection
Watercolor, Private Collection




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Epona -Pan-Celtic) [ey-PONE-ah, AY-paw-nah or Ay-PAWN-nuh]
 "Divine Horse"; "The Great Mare";
 Goddess of horses; Mother Goddess. 
Protectress of horses, prosperity, dogs, healing.

I am getting ready to launch the next big part of my equine adventure. In addition to my hands on training/teaching business,  I will be making my heart-centered training riding solutions grounded in the basics of the the Training Scale, Rider Biomechanics and the Horse/Human Connection available to all who have been asking through my new website that I will be launching in the next couple of weeks! If you would like me to be informed of the launch I have an email list. Just fill in your name and email below!



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Til next time,

Deborah





Friday, January 24, 2014

Chilly Squirrel Watercolor





This morning's little attempt. I sketched this little watercolor through my back door. Just too freaking cold for the water not to freeze! Does that count as plein air? I tossed some sunflower seeds out to this chilly little squirrel and I worked quickly to capture him in the beautiful light. Watercolor, 5 x 5.5. If you'd like him to come live with you click on the link!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Fun Perspective

I have transferred the pencil sketch from the last post…here  to watercolor paper and I am thoroughly enjoying working on this painting. It's such a fun perspective of a really great mare who happens to love Peeps. This is the Peeps face!



WIP #1

First and lightest glaze





WIP 2

Pushing some of the darks and some detail. When I start adding the darks the light just starts to appear out of nowhere!



Thursday, January 09, 2014

Sketching Out A New Painting

Playing around with sketches for a new horse painting. I'm thinking of going with this very familiar face from a fun perspective otherwise known as "The Mooching For Peeps Face". Not sure yet if this will be watercolor or acrylic.. 10 x 8 graphite sketch.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Holiday Gift Ideas From Deborah Bollman Studio




Give the Gift of Art!

     Although it is to late to commission a painting in time for holiday gift giving you can still give the gift of art! I have a nice inventory of horse, dog and NFL Football themed artwork and reproductions available. Here are some offerings! And if you would like to give a holiday portrait of a beloved horse dog or NFL player from your own photo, you can order a gift certificate for holiday gift giving and the recipient can be involved in the process of creating a treasured heirloom. Drop me and email at Deborah@DeborahBollman.com if you have an interest!

Thanks for looking!

Deborah

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Sunsoaked




I love the thrill and action of showjumping and tried to capture that in this painting. This painting depicts a jumper in the warm Florida sun of the winter circuit! I tried to capture that wonderful clear light. I think I have accomplished what I have set out to do! This is a reproduction of the acrylic original.

This  is an 8 x 10 new, giclee reproduction.This image is printed on a 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective,acid free cello bag with backing board.  $35.00 includes Priority Mail shipping!



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Baroque



The Baroque horse is a thing of beauty. I do adore the baroque breeds and love to paint them. One of my most popular prints. This is a reproduction of the acrylic original.

This is an 8 x 10 new, giclee reproduction.This image is printed on a 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective, acid free cello bag with backing board. 



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Set of 3 Daily Riding Essential Giclee Reproductions


This is really fun set of prints that would look really great in a tack room or farm office! A bath bucket and scraper, mane comb and a leather back German body brush.  These are giclee reproductions of the acrylic originals. Each 5 x 7 image is printed on 10 x 8, 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective, acid free cello bag with backing board.








$60 for the set of three.
I have one set left!
Plus $6.95 for Priority Mail Shipping.






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Set of 2 ORIGINAL Daily Essential Paintings

Hoof Pick 2 (6 x 8) and Show Sheen (8 x 6) are very familiar items in the tack box. These two little s a really fun paintings make a great grouping for a tack room of farm office! Fun! These are ORIGINAL acrylic paintings on canvas board.
Price for both is $60. 
Price includes Priority Mail Shipping.









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This little Border Collie painting is titled What About Me? It depicts my most favorite breed of dog. This one really, really wants to come out to play but can't reach the latch! :)

 This  5 x 7 image is printed on 10x 8, 100% acid- free, archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged in a protective, acid free cello bag with backing board. 









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Doberman Joy



Doberman Joy captures the unbridled enthusiasm of a red Doberman. 
This is one of my most popular canine prints!

This is an 8 x 10 new, giclee reproduction.This image is printed on a 100% acid- free, 
archival quality, fine art paper and printed with archival inks. It comes packaged 
in a protective, acid free cello bag with backing board. 


$25.00 plus $6.95 Priority Mail Shipping.




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And for the 
NY Giants fan!
Running For Glory


I just love the excitement of football and those game changing moments. I painted this one in one go. And as usually happens the paintings that get done in one day are usually my favorites. They tend my own urgency in capturing a fleeting emotion. I had this wonderful comment on this painting- "Brilliant! It's seething with power. I think you captured the anonymous brutality of the game. Whether you were going for that I don't know. But it's in there." I couldn't have said it better!

Running For Glory was a finalist in the January FASO Bold Brush Painting Competition!

This is a giclee reproduction of the watercolor original. $35 includes Priority mail Shipping.



The ORIGINAL is available HERE 
As well as a large selection of Football Original Artwork!








Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Playing With a Watercolor Horse

     I have several different projects going on right now. One of which  is this watercolor horse. It's been a while since I just played with color in a horse painting and I 'm really enjoying this! I laid down an initial loose, pencil sketch and then wet the paper and started dropping in pigment. I'm always mindful of the musculature of the horse and the light source as I add darks and do a bit of lifting.

This is the scary mask phase.




Building up layers...





   More progress today. Starting to really define shapes without getting too fussy. I want to keep this loose and fresh.  I've also started developing the expression which is critical for a successful animal painting.  







Holiday Commissions and Gift Giving

     Original artwork makes a cherished holiday gift!  I have everything from Equine art, Canine art, Landscapes and NFL Football! Grab a mug of cocoa, click on this link and  browse my website for some great gift ideas and stocking stuffers!

 I have one spot left for a commission and I offer gift certificates so that the gift recipient can be involved in the process of their portrait! Contact me to book a portrait or if you have any questions! Deborah@DeborahBollman.com




Friday, November 29, 2013

Beauty in the Storm




These types of paintings are the ones that I love to do the most. It is watercolor at it's best. Painted from my car during a Nor' easter, it has joined the ranks as one of my favorites. Watercolor, 5 x 7.5, on Arches 140 Rough

To Purchase     SOLD

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Painting

Alex Smith, quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, 8 x11, watercolor on 300lb Arches, RP. Great holiday gift idea for the football fan!! Email me at Deborah@DeborahBollman.com more info! 



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Holiday Portrait Time! Two Spots Left!


Eyelashes
10 x 8 Acrylic on Canvas 
©DeborahBollman, 2013 

The clock is ticking, the holidays are right around the corner and now's the time to book your portrait if you'd like it in time for holiday gift giving! I have a two more spots available for holiday portraits! If you are thinking of giving the gift of a horse, dog or NFL football portrait/painting, please, don't hesitate to contact me. The process is super easy to get started! For more info private message me or drop me an email at deborah@deborahbollman.com




Finished this one last week.

 Bailey, Watercolor, 14 x 12 on 300 lb, Arches Hot Press.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Playing With Paint

     When you paint for a living it sometimes takes an icky painting day to get you to break out of work mode and just play with the paints again and that is exactly what I did this week. Just freaking played. And playing is fun. So that means work is fun!  I set the timer and did some more timed sketches of one my favorite subjects - NFL Football. When the timer goes off it's done. No chance to muck it up, or dab, dab, dab, dab... paint and go. And *that* for me is what watercolor is all about. Spontaneity, freshness, deliberate and confident brushstrokes.. And sometimes when I'm working on a big project or a commission I forget that and end up in it muck- it-up-land. Doing that ....one more thing.... which usually is the kiss of death for a watercolor painting. 

     I taped off a sheet of watercolor into approximately 6 x 5 rectangles and went through my wonderfully extensive football reference photo library. Wonderful because I took the photos myself! 
I did contour drawings and then had at it..  Simplicity is the name of the game, basic shapes and suggestions and just let the eye fill in the details. It really is a great exercise to make me stop thinking to much and just let my instincts take over. And did I mention it's fun!

First attempt 20 minutes... okay 22 minutes because Eli's helmet needed a tad more of detail.  Keep in mind too that these are bit larger than the originals.


Quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants
Eli Manning, ©DeborahBollmanStudio 2013



Next came Frank Gore from my favorite team the San Francisco 49ers. I gave myself 30 minutes with this but it was actually too much time. I started to fuss with it so for the next one it's back to 20 minutes. I may do a larger version of this one.

Frank Gore ©DeborahBollmanStudio 2013

     And finally another 49ers painting... Vernon Davis who is himself and artist and actually owns an art gallery! Check it it out here!  With this one it was back to 20 minutes again. And I 'm quite happy with the result. Mission accomplished!


Vernon Davis ©DeborahBollmanStudio 2013


All of these are available for purchase! First emails to me at deborah@deborahbollman.com gets them! $60 each! How fun would these be for stocking stuffers?


     And speaking of stocking stuffers I am booking for those holiday commissions and this year am adding NFL paintings to the list! So if you have a dog, horse or football fan ( and who doesn't?) then a commissioned portrait would make a treasured gift! I can do watercolor or acrylic on canvas.  The process super easy to get started. Drop me an email if you have an interest! Deborah@DeborahBollman.com





Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Quick Little Sketches

Having a bit of an icky painting day, finding myself getting bogged down in too much detail. So to loosen up I decided to tape off 5 x6 squares and do some really quick, timed watercolor sketches. Twenty minutes.....that's it. That's all she wrote.. Here's the first one.... now for some chocolate.. and then onto the next...





Monday, October 14, 2013

Horse Work In Progress


     I currently have six paintings going right now It's amazing what feeling inspired will do for you! Three of them are horses and since you have asked here is a Work in Progress of one of them. I won't be divulging the name or final of this boy until it goes to it's new home. 


Step #1

    The sketch. I did several variations on the sketch and I like the composition of this one the best. I'm using Arches 300 lb Hot Press with a very smooth, bright white paper and is probably one of favorites because it is very suited for the way I like to work. This piece measure 14 x 11.


©Deborah Bollman
www.DeborahBollman.com



Step #2  

     Laying down the lightest glazes first and saving the white of the paper.


©Deborah Bollman
www.DeborahBollman.com



Step #3

     Starting to lay in the darks and modeling the musculature. As soon as I start adding some of the darkest darks the light seem to appear from nowhere. 


©Deborah Bollman
www.DeborahBollman.com


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Holiday Portrait Gift Commissions

     THe holidays are right around the corner! Time to start thinking about commissioning those holiday portraits. I've already have a few spots spots booked! If you are thinking of giving the gift of a horse, dog or NFL football portrait/painting, please, don't hesitate to contact me. The process is super easy to get started! For more info drop me an email at deborah@deborahbollman.com


©DeborahBollman
Luke, Watercolor, SOLD




©Deborah Bollman
Running For Glory, WatercolorAvailable
FASO Bold Brush Top 15%


Have an amazing day!

Deborah




Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Atmospheric Watercolors


©Deborah Bollman Studio. All Rights Reserved.

One of the things watercolor is made for is painting these atmospheric, misty scenes.  You just control that water and move the paper and the watercolor just does it's thing.  Love, love, love watercolors for this. This is an 8.5x10 watercolor on 140 lb Arches, Rough Press. SOLD.


All paintings are unmatted and unframed- unless stated otherwise.
Email me for additonal info and photos on works or commissioning a horse or dog portrait. 
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