Monthly Archives: October 2014

Good Company

Several weeks ago an artist friend, Susan Donnell Budd, emailed that a painting of mine she owns is in an important exhibition of dog paintings at the Morris Museum, in Morristown, NJ.  Surprised, flattered and thrilled, I found more than 100 works on view celebrating dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present day, focusing on sporting dogs and hounds, plus dog portraits.

Paintings by British luminaries such as Emms; George, Thomas and Maud Earl (a favorite of mine); Muss-Arnolt; Americans Osthaus, Ettinger and Megargee; among others; and a handful of contemporary artists are represented, including my friend Susan.

The exhibit advisor was William Secord, a NYC gallery owner who specializes in dog paintings and is an expert on the genre; the books he’s authored are must-reads for the dog lover and must-looks for the dog artist willing to learn a thing Imageor two.  My painting in the exhibit, titled “Something Only the Hounds Heard” (20 x 24 inches, oil on linen), depicts a tableau I witnessed one morning when out with the Essex Hunt Club (Peapack, NJ).  The entire field of over a dozen riders and 30-some hounds were resting at a crossroads after an ardent but thwarted chase through early autumn color.  The hounds were still pumped, and I enjoyed watching them mill about: athletes at halftime.  Then of a sudden all eyes and ears snapped towards a nearby wood, yet I hadn’t heard a thing myself (they hear four times as far as we do).  What a moment.  The next day I started sketches for the painting.

The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions
At The Morris Museum through December 14

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Hey Horse Lovers

NJ Equine Artists Sixth Biennial National Juried Exhibition
“NJEAA Art of the Horse”

An exhibit of equestrian art opens today at the Farmstead in Basking Ridge, including 50 two-dimensional works and six sculptures. The opening reception is tomorrow between 2 & 4. I have two paintings in the show, pictured here.

'Somebody's Lucky Number', an oil 12 x 16 inches, pictures number eleven being taken out of the paddock area at Saratoga last summer.

‘Somebody’s Lucky Number’, an oil 12 x 16 inches, pictures number eleven being taken out of the paddock area at Saratoga last summer.

It may come as a surprise to know that though New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, there still is enough elbow room here for 83,000 horses!   No wonder there would be an art association devoted strictly to the depiction of same.  Nice show.  As for the info:

10/18 – 11/29 at The Farmstead
450 King George Rd. – Basking Ridge, NJ
Gallery Hours: 1-4 pm, Thursday – Sunday

"Bearing the Light", 28 x 24 inches, is an oil painting of a horse named Saint John, who I did a head and shoulders portrait of last year.

“Bearing the Light”, 28 x 24 inches, is an oil painting of a horse named Saint John, who I did a head and shoulders portrait of last year.