Paintings of Maltese boats, paintings of the Malta coastline, the Maltese falcon, the beautiful caves ready to be explored: These are the things that I dreamed of painting! I had the good fortune to travel to Malta (and some other wonderful places-but that’s for another day) this summer, and it did NOT disappoint!
Malta is the type of place artists dream of, but rarely get to see. I am fortunate to have gone. I did however, have to travel with a very large group of people through another country for a week before we made it to Malta. Even in Malta, it was a daily “journey” of sorts. It is always a challenge for people who are not artists to travel with those of us who are. For example: I want to stop and look at the buildings where the light is hitting just perfectly, or in the garden with the beautiful shadows and brightly colored flowers, or take dozens of photos of the tip of just one boat. As you can imagine, it must be annoying to them. So I had to balance my desire to paint/photograph, take in sights. Most of my photos were done while in motion-sort of a bouncing camera while walking type of shots. I mean, this trip was not actually all about me. Bummer.
One of the places I wanted to go most of all was Marsaxlokk. It is a lovely fishing village-and was on the top of my “must do” list. Unfortunately I only got to spend about 2 hours there, and wouldn’t you know it, it was overcast for 1 hour and 45 of those minutes. Artists and photographers…do you feel my pain?
Well, in the span of those 2 hours I took over 800 photos-so I was not gonna let a sky full of clouds stop me!
I want to share with you some of the photos of Malta that might give you a hint of what inspired me, and then a few of the freshest paintings off my easel:
Now for some paintings:
Thanks so much for reading and looking. I hope you will consider having one of these paintings in your home!
A girl and her horse: a new painting by Beth Carrington Brown
This painting of a woman grooming her horse is one of my new favorites. I was standing in the barn with my good friend (the woman) at the end of the day working with her horses. The sun was setting, and it was gorgeous outside and the light streamed into the barn. I could not have asked for a prettier moment. In addition to the glorious light and shadow and beautiful shapes of color I saw as an artist, was this very special relationship between the woman and her horse. Grooming isn’t a “chore” to her, it is a time of pleasure, almost like a gift from God to her and the horse. It is not something she rushes through, but something she carefully takes her time doing. It is almost like time has slowed down on purpose. Perhaps because when the grooming is over she must go back home. The peaceful time with her horses is coming to an end, and she does not want it to. The connection she shares with these beautiful equines is so real it is almost palpable. It is amazing to watch someone like this with these incredible powerful animals. The trust and relationships are real and valuable. It was a pleasure to be with her and all of her horses, but truly an honor to paint this moment.
Hello There! This is how Radar the donkey greets me each time I visit him. Radar lives in Clay County Texas with a wonderful family that I have gotten to know in the past year. I wanted to paint Radar the very first time I laid my eyes on his sweet face! His joyful greeting is rewarded by my giving him pieces of apples, carrots and lots of hugs. Of course Radar will never “pose” for me, and I can’t seem to get to him at the “right” time of day for painting. Nonetheless I feel like I captured his spirit in this painting and brought him home with me! Radar (the painting) is handsomely framed and available to see in person at Waverly Artist Group and Gallery in Cary N.C. If you happen to be in Clay County, stop by and give him a carrot for me!
I LOVE cowboy boots, Yes I do! I am not a “high maintenance” gal, but I do have a collection of cowboy boots in my closet. Boots with flowers, boots with stars, work boots, dress boots-you name it! I have several boot paintings “in my head” and I can’t wait to get them all on canvas.
This painting of reading by the window in afternoon light-is a good example of something I like to do when I’m not painting. I was moved by the light coming through the window, and of course the peaceful feeling the scene provides.
This 5 x 7 painting is framed and available for 95.00 at Waverly Artists Group and Gallery in Cary, NC (www.waverlyartistsgroup.com) and also can be viewed at http://www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/beth-carrington-brown-3155/artwork
This interior/dog painting is named “Cody on the Couch”. Cody is a sweet dog that used to live across the street but moved with his family to Oklahoma. On a recent visit to Cody (and his wonderful human family) I was struck by his sweetness, sleepy face and of course the beautiful light streaming in through the window. I adore all things with light and shadow and of course I love painting “fur babies” such as this one! This painting 8 x 10 is nicely framed and hanging at Waverly Artists Group and Gallery, Waverly Place in Cary NC. www.waverlyartistsgroup.com, or you can see it along with some other paintings of mine at www.dailypaintworks.com/artists/beth-carrington-brown-3155/artwork
This beautiful horse is having her afternoon snack-grazing in the Tulsa, Oklahoma pasture. This is one of several paintings I did from a visit to the area in the fall. This particular painting is 6 x 6 (framed and available at www.waverlyartistsgroup.com or come by Waverly Artists Group and Gallery-Cary, N.C.) but I hope to do a much larger version soon.
Today I am sharing one of the Bison / Buffalo paintings called “Thoughtful Buffalo”. This is a gorgeous buffalo from Texas who I had the pleasure of meeting in person. The sweet looking creature in the painting really is a large and somewhat intimidating creature. However, in this shot I saw a softer side, perhaps more thoughtful side, during that one moment in time. I wanted to capture that and share it in a painting.
Painting Bison, or the American Buffalo, is a relatively new thing for me. However, I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet with these creatures face to face. It would be hard to think of a mammal more symbolic of our nation than the Bison. Buffalo are considered the largest mammal in North America. If there was any doubt in my mind, it was erased the day that we met them. Eek!
This painting is called “Buffalo Crossing” it is a nice smaller painting, size 8 x 10.