Monday, March 28, 2011

This Week On The Mustang A Day Challenge

This week in the Mustang A Day Challenge
"Pick Up Day" is now Listed on Fine Art America
Monday kicks off another Happily adopted Mustangs week. We start with a Happily adopted Mustang mare that survived a gather mishap during the 2008 round up at Sand Wash Basin HMA  to be adopted a year later by  the organization that was formed as a Support group to Wild Horse Annie,Velma Johnston.
Tuesday We will have the next painting in the collaboration of  Linda Martin and Lightning Bug Creek Photography as we watch the progress of Madeleine LeClarc’s and Robert Carlson’s Fort Collins Mustang Make over horses.
The rest of the week will be filled out with more Happily adopted Mustangs. You can check the Mustang A Day Challenge Blog each day to see the new paintings.
Also new this week: Linda’s Mustang Makeover paintings will be available on Fine Art America. They will be listed with in 24 hours of the blog post or as soon as possible after completion. There will be canvas prints as well as glossy prints available Fine Art America will also frame them as well.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Newly 9 newly Uploded to Etsy Paintings to Benefit Mustangs.

 Please Help me support these causes. A portion of the proceeds for the sale of these paintings will go to either Mustang U in Oregon or to help out the work of the Sand Wash Basin HMA Wild Horses Club in the documenting and observing of the mustangs. 
A portion of the proceeds of these 4 paintings
will help the Wild Horses of the Sand Wash Basin HMA
Click this link to see the page on
Mustang A Day Challenge Sand Wash Basin Blacks 
A portion of  the proceeds of thse watercolors support  Mustang U
Click this link to see the paintings on
Horses from the Steens

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This week on Mustang A Day Challenge

The Black Horses of the Sand Wash Basin. I’ve chosen 4 of the Most Beautiful Sand Wash Basin HMA Black Horses for this week’s Challenge Paintings.
Plus we will be having our first collaboration painting with Lightning Bug Creek Photography of the Fort Collins Mustang Makeover horses being trained by Madeleine LeClerc and Robert Carlson.  As of this posting we don’t have names yet but they are two gorgeous bays.
Robert Carlson and Madeliene LeClerc on
Pick-up Day in Oklahoma picking up their
Fort Collins Mustang Makeover Horses
Just a note about Spring postings: where I live in the Piedmont of Virginia, just an hour south of Washington DC, we are prone to violent Thunderstorms and sometimes very high winds and even tornados in the Spring. In the Fall we are on the east side of the Mountains and sometimes a hurricane will come up the Chesapeake Bay and follow one of our many rivers inland. The power surges caused by these storms can wreak havoc with routers and computers. As a result during these spring storms I maybe be posting the Challenge Art a day or two late depending when I can get back on line safely.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Mustang A Day Challenge Gear on Zazzle: New Release!! "Just A Kiss"

New designs now available on Zazzle.  “Just A Kiss”
You can now buy “Just A Kiss “ Gear to support the Mustang A Day Challenge and help Preserve and Document the horses of Sand Wash Basin HMA.
Just a Kiss is painting #47 of the Mustang A Day Challenge. It was painted on Valentine’s Day 2011 as part of a series called “Romance on the Range”
Included in the new products are a canvas print of the original painting  “Just A Kiss”. Also designs for T-shirts, blank greeting cards and a wonderful Tote bag for your trip out to SWB to watch the horses.
Please stop buy  the Zazzle on line store soon and  remember that Zazzle has special sales nearly every day.

Follow this link to the Mustang A Day Store:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

South Steens Week on the Mustang A Day Challenge

This week will be an opportunity  to learn  a little about the horses that range on the South Steens  Mountains of Oregon. Our guest blogger this week is Tracey Westbury operator of  Mustang U, a non- profit organization. Mustang U is a chapter of the American Mustang and Burro Association. 
It is located in the Pacific Northwest Corner of Washington State.

“Their mission is to increase public awareness of the beauty, trainability and timelessness of the American Mustang. They assist the BLM at wild horse adoptions, as well as foster and gentle wild horses in an effort to place them in adoptive homes.” The focus of Mustang U is to help out with the adoption of wild horses destined for Long Term Holding or effected by the Sale Authority Act .
According to the blog about Mustang U, the most challenging thing about helping to place a gathered mustang for adoption is educating the public that simply because a horse is over the age of 4 that it does not mean it not be trainable. Tracey has proven over and over that older horses not only are very trainable but they make wonderful work and companion animals, and excellent pleasure horses.Tracey works with the horses and the potential owners  as well as helping to place the horses in adoptive homes.
The majority of the horses she works with are from the South Steens HMA:
Photo by Tracey Westbury used by permission.
In Stacy’s own words:
“The South Steens HMA is located in Southeastern Oregon, roughly 70 miles southwest of Burns along hwy 205.  It consists of just over 130,000 acres.  In this area of the country, it takes approximately 100 acres to support just one horse, which equates into an ideal herd size of 130 horses.

The region is covered in volcanic rock, with rim rocks and plateaus dissected by perennial and intermittent stream channels.

The horses are managed for their pinto coloring, but you'll see every color under the sun on the South Steens, from coppery gold palomino to black, buckskin, sorrel, and the occasional appaloosa.

South Steens horses are known for their good size, often reaching 16 hands, as well as their exceptional conformation.  Most people don't know they're looking at a wild horse when they see them all saddled up.  I recently showed a calendar to a quarter horse person who argued with me that some of those horses were turned out, and must have been bred in captivity.

There are several bands that congregate not far from the highway that have been dubbed the Hollywood Herd.  They're typically not all that shy, and they love having photos taken of them.  Seriously...they pose.
Read more about Tracey Westbury and Mustang U  on her blog : or  follow her on Facebook

Friday, March 11, 2011

Linda L Martin’s Mustang a Day Art Represented at Horse Fest in Springfield Missouri

The Original Painting of Carmel
is still available and prints can also be
ordered through  Linda Martin's site:

Linda L Martin’s Mustang a Day Art Represented at Horse Fest  in Springfield Missouri. The Prints of Carmel Challenge painting # 35 can be found at the Alder Hill Farm Rescue's booth.
Starting today March 11th 2011 at Horse Fest in Spring Field Missouri prints of Carmel, the mustang rescued as a foal by Alder Hill farm will be available to purchase at Horse Fest. If you are in the Area please stop in  and meet  all the Folks at Alder Hill’s booth. 

Click the image to
see the entire poster for
Horse Fest in Springfield, MO

 In addition to the prints of Carmel, Linda will also have prints of the Alder Hill Minis.  Both  of the Alder Hill Minis,  Napoleon and Prince Charming, will be at the event and you can meet them in person.  Alder Hill will also have a number of other fundraising items including a special rescue coloring book, other works of donated art, saddles, and information on the Rescue its self.  There will be two horses on site ready to adopt as well.
A portion of the proceeds from the  prints will aid Alder Hill Farm in the ongoing expenses of their sanctuary and rescue horses. Horse Fest runs from March 11th through March 13th.

Alder Hill Minis
from original watercolor by LindaLMartin
Prints and Notecards avaialable on site at
Horse Fest in Springfield, MO

Click the image to read more about How you can Help
Alder Hill Farm Rescue

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Announcing the Collaboration: Linda Martin and Lightning Bug Creek Photography for the 2011 Fort Collins Mustang Makeover

Click the image above to see the
entire poster and about the exhibiting
event as well as the auction.

It’s such an exciting time! This week, on Friday, the competitors for the Fort Collins, Colorado Mustang Makeover converge on several locations through out the west to  pick up their horses. I will be collaborating  with photographer Amy Spivey  of  Lightning Bug Creek Photography  to paint  the Makeover horses assigned to   Madeleine LeClerc  and  Robert Carlson  as they go through the 100 day process of  taking a wild horse, taming it, training it and competing with it,  to make it more adoptable.
So what is the Mustang Makeover?
Basically it is a way to take older mustangs, give them some basic handling and training ,then show case them before the world. The goal is to help make the older horses  easier to handle then find new owners willing to purchase them, continue their training and provide them with a good home. This  event was especially set up to target older horses that are more difficult to adopt and thus give them an opportunity to be  matched up with good homes.
At the end of the 100 day period the horses are then  shown in a special competition.  All the horses are then auctioned off to the highest bidder on the final day.
To find out more about the Mustang Makeover events  you can go to their website: Extreme Mustang Makeover:
To find out about all the events and activities of the Mustang Heritage Foundation go here:
 Madeleine  LeClerc will be blogging about her training experience  and once the blog is  up and going we will link in here. In the mean time you can check out  Madeleine and Roberts website

Monday, March 7, 2011

Debra More McGuire To Guest Blog the Mustang A Day Challenge the week of March 7th

Image adapted from Resource Photogrpahy
 by Nancy Roberts
Photo Used by permission.
Debra More McGuire to Guest Blog on the Mustang A Day Challenge March 7th through March 11th.
In Her own words:
"I have been around horses all of my life. Got my first pony for Christmas when I was 3. My mom swears my first word was "horsey" ;o). I raised my first foal at 16 when I bred my Morgan mare to the neighbors Appaloosa stallion (true back yard breeding). I was raised in Oregon with beef cattle. Always had a couple horses.

When I graduated, I moved to Seattle to go to college and moved to NW Wash after that. I brought 2 horses with me to Washington. In 1981 I bought a 2yr old dun AQHA colt that put me into the show ring and into foundation QH breeding. In researching his coloring, I met and learned much about colors and breeding from Virgean Miller, one of the pioneers of the Buckskin breed.
Image adapted from Resource Photogrpahy
 by Nancy Roberts
Photo Used by permission.
I have always been fascinated by unique horse colors and unusual breeds. So I enjoy digging into the whys and wherefores of the colors and combinations of colors that we see in horses and ponies. The mustangs have some of the most unique and varied colors of all.

As a teenager I was one of the horse crazy girls who wrote letters to "Wild Horse Annie". We never had a place at home set up to be able to get a mustang. Last Feb (2010) I was able to adopt my first mustang. A grulla tobiano 2yr old filly from Paisley HMA in Oregon. I now have her, her grulla overo 1/2 sister, her dam and a silver dapple Cold Springs filly we adopted in Nov 2010. As well as several AQHA horses.

I have been married for going on 33 yrs, have one son and daughter in law. A silly macaw, 3 goofy boxers, an Australian shepherd, too many horses and barn cats. I work at a feed/farm store. After many years of showing/judging IBHA, ABRA and open, I now just like to trail ride and camp with the horses back to where I started. In my "spare" time I woodburn, read and sometimes do some leatherwork."
It is with great pleasure we welcome Debra and her expertise and knowledge in horse colors as we explore the golds and silvers of Sand Wash Basin HMA. Thank- you, Debra for your participation.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Just Released: The Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses Poster

Poster: 24x36, $30.- plus shipping, to order contact:
Gabriele Moritz :
The Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses  Poster: The collaborative effort of 4 artist and one Mustang Make over participant and Enthusiast.
What are the Odds that 2 Artists and 2  Photographers, who are completely unconnected, and didn’t even know of each other, would all simultaneously begin to produce artistic out comes on the same subject matter at the same time.  Well, according to my art professor at University in the 1970’s its not all that uncommon. He warned us not to think so highly of our selves that we think we are the only one. He told us, once we settle into the idea that we are the first and the original, probably someone in Japan  or Europe is thinking of it at the same time.
Enter Nancy Roberts. Nancy is  a horse watcher, photo documentor who is  so passionate about the Horses at Sand Wash Basin HMA(SWB) that she inspires people to follow the drama of every day life of the SWB Herd. Her following on Face book has now Surpassed 2000 and she is currently raising money to  organize a Club of followers that will help her fund her on going activities.
My involvement with Nancy actually started when she ran an impromptu naming contest  for a particularly aggressive bachelor Stallion. I suggested JimmyDarksand.  And thus the name was accepted with two variations of  Jimmy or JimmyBlacksand  which all fit him quite well. I was hooked!
It wasn’t long before I began to visit the page not daily,but multiple times daily, just waiting on news and stories about the horses that were drawing at my heart.  Previous to that I was trying to figure out direction and had decided that If Nancy agreed, I would begin painting the horses so people other places could see and understand , putting a name with a face to make them more real to people far from The SWB. My project was delayed by 6 months because of  a  graphic design class I was involved with.
Then one day out of a clear blue sky Melody Perez, also from the East Coast, but newly located to Colorado contacted me on Facebook. I will never forget my first meeting with her because It was a bit surprising.  Melody and I had so much in common it was strange. We were both  artists, teachers, musicians, prophetic artists and loved and had a passion for horses. Because of the delays due to my other commitments and it took me most of October and November to  prep the marketing  set up. I wasn’t ready to announce my project so  I never went into any details with Melody about what horses I was painting or when, or even that It was going to be a painting a daily challenge.
We have some major style differences. Melody has about the best color pallet control I’ve ever seen in paintings. She works large and bold. There is strength,  aggression, beauty and courage in every brush stroke she puts to the canvas. She takes Expressive Realism to the next level. In days to come, I expect that not only will she make an impression locally in the region of the SWB, but she will probably come into her own as an International artist.
For myself ,right now I work in small format, coming from a Folk-Realism and Impressionism background my paintings are softer, more intimately  and emotionally connected and my color is a bit provocative to intimacy.  I want to express these feelings with color and light and form and shape that the everyday person  can feel good, feel hope,  simply be blessed and mostly feel that they too can be a part of the solution. As a 40 year veteran artist who specializes in alternative venues, my work is already in collections all over the world on every continent even though I am not known well, I do have a very strong cult following of passionate collectors.
 Two different Artists; Two different perspectives, both out of passion. In fact the thing the four of us seem to have in common is Passion; Passion for the wild horses of the Sand Wash Basin, Colorado.
It was Airline Pilot and Mustang Makeover Competitor Gabriele Moritz that noticed it all developing. She saw an opportunity to bring the wild horses to the forefront with a Collaborative Collection made into a poster of The Sand Wash Basin HMA Wild Horses.  Gabriele brought in Lourie  Zipf ,an amazing professional photographer and graphic designer who also loves the Sand Wash Basin Herd  and also spends hours out there photographing them. Gabriele working with Lourie’s skill put together the design. The out come is an Amazing Collaborative effort that brings people a snapshot of life on  the SWB in a way that showcases the artistic endeavors of the 4 of us:  Nancy Roberts, Photographer, Melody Perez  Painter,  Lourie Zipf, Photographer,   and myself  Linda Martin, Artist.
And thus we have this amazing collaborative effort. Thanks to everyone involved.
You can order a copy of the poster by contacting Gabriele Moritz  through her email: Please make sure to refer to the Sand Wash Basin Horses Poster on the  subject line.
A portion of the proceeds of this project will benefit the Sand Wash Basin Horses.

Please Join us on Facebook at the Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses Club Page: Sand Wash Basin Wild Horses On Facebook

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mustang A Day Challenge Giveaway!! We Reach the 60 Paintings Milestone on March 4th!

Announcement!!! Heads up everyone following the Mustang A Day Challenge. In Celebration of the Milestone painting Friday Eveing March 4th  we are going to hold a surprise give away!! Yes that’s right Painting #60 Friday night!!  Everyone who posts under this announcement on my page: will be in a drawing for a free signed print of "The Kiss" The print is a 5" by 7 " signed by me and printed in house. This one will be different than all the others, because it will be remarked by hand, by me!! Tell your friends only those who comment on my page (not the profile) will be included in the drawing.

"Just a Little Kiss" is based on the photography of John Wagner a frequent photographer at Sand Wash Basin HMA and features Picasso and Monet.  Remember you have to post( not just like) under this announcement to be in the drawing on my Page. The Drawing its self will be held on Saturday evening March 5th at 6pm EST. So tell all your friends.

Head 'um up! =0)