so sorry

I’m sorry this space has been blank for so long; Life has a way of taking over and  ‘hanging on for the ride’ becomes daily reality.  So, not much besides the Essential happens… and that’s where I’ve been for a long while now.  But, that’s the way it goes, and I’m grateful for the lessons learned whilst hanging on!

Hopefully, I will be able to get back to some creative work within the next couple of months. I finally decided I’d had enough of the pain in my thumbs due to arthritis, and had reconstructive surgery on my dominant hand 2 weeks ago. It’s a slow recovery process (several more weeks in a cast and then therapy), but everything seems to be going well so far.  My plan is to have the same procedure on other hand yet this year.  We’ll see!

Anyway, I wanted to check in with those of you who follow this blog and thank you for your loyalty and patience. And to wish you all a wonderful rest of the season!

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draft horses update

I know it’s been forever, and I apologize for my absence.  I hope your new year is going well, and your resolutions are still intact!

I am still working full time, so have minimal time/energy to create art, unfortunately.

However, I have decided to make the draft horses drawing available on selected products in my Zazzle storePosters, greeting cards, and tote bags.   I hope you’ll enjoy them!

If you’d like to see the horses available on other specific products, please let me know via the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

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an update

Sorry for my absence… I’m now working full time (plus overtime), so I simply don’t have time (or energy) to do any drawing at present.

I hope you will all have a wonderful summer!

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draft horses 5

For now, they are finished… a few days away from them, then I’ll decide what (if any) background to add.  At this point, I’m really just ready to be done. 🙂

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draft horses 4

Still working on the drafts… they are coming along slowly but surely.

The manes are very light colored, so I will be adding a background of some sort… probably a stone or barn wall or something similar for contrast, which should make the light hair more visible.  Additionally, without some context, it’s just a study, not a story. 🙂

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draft horses 3

Some more work on the harness… it’s rather slow going (many interruptions this week!)  and the hardware bits are a more than a little fiddly, but it’s coming along steadily.  I’m certainly learning to observe closely!  It’s great that the photo is so very clear… makes things easier.

more harness…

I’m also posting the progress of this drawing to the Pen and Ink forum on

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draft horses 2

Decided to number the posts for this work in progress.

A bit more accomplished on the harness… it’s easy to get lost in rendering all that detail.  It requires more contrast, but it’s getting there.

some serious work on the harness…

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