The Grandes Ecuries in Chantilly had a fantastic dressage demonstration. I’ve taken dressage lessons. It’s hard as heck, and that’s even when your horse is feeling compliant that day! Dressage horses take a good 6 years to train, and need to be mature before starting, so you really have to choose wisely. My sassypants 16-year-old Morgan mare improved from dressage training but it was safe to say we weren’t going to go much further than that.
Watching professionals–horse and human alike–is really spectacular.
The stables are lovely. The outdoor arena was spacious and the weather couldn’t be beat on that day.
The museum itself held many exhibits, one of which had caricatures of notable jockeys, trainers and owners.
And the Potager des Princes was the garden of the Duke of Chantilly. The gardens are beautiful as they are developing this museum; it’s especially geared towards children. Many breeds of rabbit were featured as prince food.
Karen contacted me for a very special Father’s Day commission for a trio of lovely individuals: her husband, son, and their beagle. Her son adores his daddy, and loves the romping outdoorsy aspect of summer. I think we have a farmer on our hands with his love for daddy’s ‘tractor’ (Lawnmower) and barns! I produced 3 roughs for Karen to choose from, below.
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She went with one of the more fantastical ones, much to my delight!
Here are a few close-ups:
Thank you, Karen! What a wonderful family you have!
Wow, after a super boring first half the second half was ON FIRE. I always cheer Germany, but Ghana wanted this and played a really good game. They wanted it bad–I was disappointed with how Germany played at first, none of the swift organized teamwork that I saw in 2010. It seemed like they were so non-athletic compared to Ghana. I loved the strut! You earned it, lads! That German keeper was ticked.
Let’s all take a moment not to remember, or even think about, the train wreck that was France during World Cup 2010. Whew! A refreshingly good game from France yesterday, and the way Honduras is going they’ll have a full deck of yellow cards by the time they are eliminated! Such bruisers. Have fun watching from the sidelines, Palacios!
I really enjoyed SCBWI Winter conference 2014! Informative, inspiring, and fun. Will do again! Below is my illustration for the Illustrators Intensive on Friday, a ‘fresh, personal take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”.
The feedback I got was that the left and right edges were a missed opportunity to make it more interesting. In addition, the anatomy needs to be improved on the huntsman’s left arm, wrist, and hand. I also completely missed the shadow on all of that area; compare it to the rifle and whoa, what was I thinking? Lastly, I need to work some other aspects of the story in to make sure it reads ‘Snow White’, as opposed to ‘Young girl with black hair sitting in a field looking worried at a tall guy with a rifle’. Any suggestions you’d like to add? You are quite welcome! Please note in the comments.
Below are some close-ups. Click on the image above to see a larger version.