Saturday, May 28, 2011

This week on Mustang A Day Challenge: "The Eyes Have it" May 28th-June 3rd

Olga and PJ
Prints Available on
Fine Art America
 Coming this week: May 30th through June 3rd
There will be no painting on Monday June 30th for Memorial Day
 Tuesday May 31st: The last painting before the Ft.Collins Makeover Madeleine and Tango
June 1 through June3:  "The Eyes Have it"

Painting Series this week: Details
 One of the drawbacks as well as the benefits of daily painting is that people send you emails filled with suggestions that are actually veiled criticism. I will not go down the list as it is boring and mostly made up of people who are actually more dissatisfied with their own life than what I do.
First of the Eyes Have it Paintings
But every once in a while you get one of those emails and you wonder if they ever really looked at your work. Then I realized the problem. Part of painting daily is painting small. Usually 8 by 10 or less. So details are going to be fuzzy sometimes at that size. Although I do try to put detail in when at all possible. Today though I decided to begin work on a few close ups, so people can see the detail.
Friday's Painting is the first of a series I will be carrying through to until June 5th. I call it Details. I'm going to do a little practice on the details of the horses from some of the photographers that have given me larger images to work from.
This First painting is "Cueca" in close up with her bridle on. The Photo reference is provided by Cecilia Steel. The painting is called " Her Working Eyes.

The Ft Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover Paintings:
I will Follow You
Madeleine and Tango
8 by 10 inch Watercolor  by LindaLMartinArtist
Prints Available on Fine Art America

Remember that Watson and Tango are both up for adoption at the Ft Collins Mustang Make over.  The Ft Collins Makeover is  June 10th and 11th. The Sale is on Sunday June 12th.  The final Makeover paintings  will be the week after the event.  In the mean time  the Week of the Make over the R&M Mustang Program horses for the Supreme will be introduced on Tuesday June 7th in a group painting.You can read more about the event on www.
You can follow Madeleine LeClerc and Robert Carlson and the horses they have In training on their facebook page:
Painting Special For Those on a Budget
Single Horse Painting Special for those who want to commission a painting of their horse. You can contact me at or or through face book mail. The special is:
1 horse no background 9 by 6 inches watercolor $55 plus shipping and Handling. Free S&H for additional paintings. Owner provides the photography.  Mention Alder Hill Farm Rescue and a portion will go to them for the Sanctuary Mustangs.
 You can support Alder Hill Farm Directly by going to their Website:
Alder Hill Farm is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charity in the State of Missouri
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend as we remember those on duty and those who have gone before. God Bless our Troops and their Families. God Bless All that Support them. And God Bless The USA!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

This week on Mustang A Day Challenge: Fighting Stallions of Sand Wash Basin HMA May 16th-20th

This week on Mustang A Day Challenge:
Fighting Stallions of Sand Wash Basin HMA
I must say horse watching even on facebook and blogs can blow away a lot of myths you have about wild horses in general. What I discovered was that I only understood about half of herd dynamics and that was from my mostly limited view of the horse from watching my own animals kept in as natural a situation as possible for their own health and well being.
My own personal Myths were the perception of how Stallions actually interacted with each other and their herds. This information I learned from other horsemen who for generations kept domestic, highly bred horses such as Arabians and Thoroughbreds. Even the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa Stallions I knew were rank, scary, pushy and demanded a healthy respect. Having my own stallion for a time I also learned from him but not as much as I have from the accounts of wild stallion behavior from the  photographers and horse watchers.
This week I am going to examine those myths of how and why stallions fight as I paint the fighting Stallions of the Sand Wash Basin HMA.
A portion of the money from the sale of this weeks paintings will go to those who’s tireless efforts have been dedicated to the Wild Horses of The Sand Wash Basin to document and help in the preservation of these animals.
Ft Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover
This challenging Supreme Extreme Mustang,
hasnt got a name yet but he is definately a
wild child Mustang. I will begin painting
 him and the two new Mustang Mares for
 Madeline and Roberts efforts to the Supreme
Extreme Mustang Makeover in September.
With only 4 weeks to go to the Ft Collins Mustang Makeover Both Madeleine Lecleric and Robert Carlson have taken on a combined three new horses for the Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover(SEMM) event.
Unlike the two Fort Collins horses, Watson and Tango, who will be offered for adoption on the last day of the event, these three new horses were purchased by Madeleine and Robert for the SEMM Challenge.
Training started on the new horses the day they arrived at their Texas training center Where the trainers were holding  a two day audit only clinic on How to Start Your Mustang.  The three horses, it seemed were as different as night and day. Madeleine’s  little roan mare was about average for a mustang fresh out of the BLM holding pens and never been touched. The additional mare they brought home was a sweet little bay, that according to Madeleine only took 5 minutes to halter break and that after noon she had the saddle on for the first time.
"Going For a Spin"
8 by 10 Watercolor
by Linda L MartinArtist
However it was Robert’s horse that was the surprising challenge. The black gelding  was a truly wild and a bit aggressive in his reactions. He challenged each new thing that Robert put him to.  Being young and athletic and knowing how to use his hooves and body to get his way made for a demanding first two days that only an experienced trainer could handle well. In fact the team of Robert and Madeleine had to work together  at one point to help him get his mind where it needed to be.
Tuesday Night’s painting features Madeleine and Tango.
If you would like to follow Madeleine and Robert as they train Watson and Tango as well as their new Supreme EMM you can follow them on their new combined facebook page: R&M Mustang Program
I understand they will also be holding several more clinics in the coming weeks. You can find out more information on their page. 
Fund Raiser For Alder Hill Farm!
Rosie and Brio Two of the BLM Branded
Mustang Mares currently at Alder HIll Farm.
Thre are currently 10 plus Mustangs in Residence.
Some are in training and ready for adoption.
Find out more
Just a Reminder we still have a Special on 6 by 9 inch simple watercolor portraits of  $55.00. The special runs through June 30th.  Simply email me at  or  for information.  Mustangs painted using the special will be included in the Mustang A Day Challenge along with their story.
A portion of the proceeds from this Special will go to Alder Hill Farm Rescue to help with the care and feeding of the Mustangs in residence there. You can also donate directly to Alder Hill Farm by going to

Monday, May 9, 2011

This week on the Mustang A Day Challenge: May9th through May13th Happy Adoptions Week

This week on the Mustang A Day Challenge: May9th through May13th
Photo provided by Cecilia Steel.
Used by permission
Happy Adoptions:
This is another one of our Happy Adoptions weeks for the Mustang A Day Challenge. The first painting this week is unique in so many ways. First its of the horse of choice by our Mustang 1oo giveaway winner, Cecilia Steel.
His name is Shancho. He was a TIP horse started by Gerry Gesell. His story is a little different than most. Check out the Mustang A Day Challenge Blog tonight to hear of his unique circumstances and what a special horse he is. We also have 3 other horses that will be featured that have unique and heart warming stories. You wont want to miss one of them. And please share with your friends too.
Madeleine LeClerc and Tango
Photo provided by
Lightningbug Creek Photography
Ft. Collins Makeover Paintings
Again on Tuesday we will be doing week 8 of the Ft Collins Makeover horses. This week will be Robert and Watson. As part of the preparations for the June Event  Robert Carlson and Madeleine LeClerc have been riding Watson and Tango in as many different circumstances as possible public events, raging storms, near loud roaring machines, In doors out doors on trails, through water and then doing it all again at night.
If you happen to be in Texas and have some free time R&M Performance horses will be Picking up their Extreme Makeover horses on Friday May 13th and will be hosting a Supreme Extreme Mustang Starting Clinic using these horses for both Friday and Saturday. Go to their facebook page for more information on how you can participate. They still have a few spaces open so don’t hesitate to contact them.!/event.php?eid=150997271632422
Original Art/Gear/Reproductions

The Picasso T-shirt is available on Zazzle

Just want to remind everyone as we are going into the Summer Season that there are now 3 online venues that you can purchase Mustang A Day Challenge Originals, Reproductions and Mustang A Day Challenge Gear. More items and choices are being added daily so check back often.
For Original Paintings you can shop at:

Or contact me directly at if you would like a unique commission of your horse included in the challenge.
Print of  "I will Follow You"
Madeleine LeClerc and Tango
For Framed Prints and Canvas Reproductions go to
For T-shirts, mugs and other fun Mustang A Day Challenge Gear go to*
Money generated from the sale of these items goes to Mustang Charities, Individuals, and to the support of the Mustang A Day Challenge Educational project.
Steps To Greatness
Robert and Watson
by LindaLMartin Artist
Digital Image
All Rights of Reproduction Reserved
Mustang Heritage Foundation Art Competition:
As many of you know the Mustang Heritage Foundation is holding a Competition at the end of this month for their Program cover for the Extreme Mustang Makeover. I have been working on a number of works with this in mind for the last month or so. I’ve finally come up with the first of two entries. Since the original painting I wanted to use didn’t fit the format, I decided to make a digital collage of the 3 of the watercolors. And then I have two more weeks to add an additional painting. For a total of 2 for the competition. Here is the composite. For more information on the Mustang Heritage Foundation Activities and the Supreme Extreme Mustang makeover got to

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

We Have a Winner!!!

The winner of the Mustang 100 drawing is :
Ceilia Steel.
Cecilia  receives  a 9 by 6 single horse simple watercolor portrait.
Thank you for every one who participated. Keep a lookout for our next give away for the Mustang A Day Chalenge.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This Week on the Mustang A Day Challenge: May2 - May 8th: MOTHER'S Day!

This week we remember all our Mothers with the Mother’s of Sand Wash Basin HMA.
Challenge Painting #100
Kinstry and Zephyr
9 by 6 watercolor
We start out with A beautiful grulla mare from Jet’s band and her sweet  red dun baby named Kinstry. Kinstry was born in April 2010. Follow for the entire week to see Selected Mom’s and Babies of the Sand Wash Basin HMA
Don’t forget the Mustang A Day Challenge  is Celebrating 100 Mustang paintings. Read the details here for the give away:
On Tuesday of this week again we highlight the training of Robert Carlson and Madeleine LeClerc as they work toward the Ft. Collins Mustang Makeover with Watson and Tango. This week’s feature painting is Tango and Madeleine.
Next Week : Starting May 9th is more Happy Adoptions.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

 Celebrate 100 Mustang A Day Paintings!! Giveaway!!

 Who can believe it! On May 2, 2011 I will paint my 100th Painting for the Mustang A Day Challenge. So, I'm having a Celebration Giveaway!!
Challenge Painting #98

1 person will win a 9 by 6 portrait of the mustang of their choice with no background.
The details of the portrait are that  it must be a mustang, only one horse, the photo is provided by the winner with lots of detail and resolution, It will be included in the MADC with an image of the photo.And the winner must include a brief story of the horse.

Anyone can be in the drawing.
Only one entry per person.
(Everyone can enter with the exeption of the Artist's Family of course)

Directions to enter the drawing: 
You may enter on this blog or on my Facebook page
To enter simply type: 100 Mustangs   

Challenge Painting #17

Winners will be announced on Facebook and On the MustangADayChallengeNews Blog after 5pm on Wednesday May 4th
Directions will then be given to the winner  on the Blog on where to send their shipping info and the image to be painted.
Winner must respond with in 48 hours or an alternate will be chosen.

Good Luck Everyone!!!

Remember if you use another persons photography you must provide permission before I can paint  your painting.