Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Nancy Milburn Kleck Art Studio

cigar.kleckCigar by Nancy Kleck, 24 x 30 inches, oil on canvasEquine and sporting artist Nancy Milburn Kleck has relocated her art studio from the Kentucky Bluegrass country where she lived for twenty-five years to Bluemont, Virginia, near historic Upperville and Middleburg. She relishes the opportunity to expand the scope of her work from mostly racehorses to the foxhunting field as well.

Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection

howittDrawing by Samuel Howitt used as illustration in a book of fables published in 1818. The rooster and dog are traveling together. The fox tries to trick the rooster into descending, but the rooster leads the unwitting fox to the dog instead.The National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia has mounted an art exhibit—Scraps: British Sporting Drawings from the Paul Mellon Collection. The exhibit will run from April 6 to June 30, 2012 and will provide a worthwhile destination for those in town for the Virginia Foxhound Show over the Memorial Day weekend in May.

The title, Scraps, is inspired by a series of Henry Alken drawings by the same name, published in the early 1800s, in a loose, informal, and sometimes humorous vein. The exhibit includes original examples of these works by Alken and other sporting artists of the period: Samuel Howitt, Edwin Landseer, Henry Heath, Thomas Rowlandson, Thomas Miles Richardson, and others.

Lynn Carlisle Breathes Life into her Animal Portraits

lynne_carlisle_artFor me, drawing animals is an innate gift. My family always had horses, dogs, cats, and all the creatures that we five children could easily collect. At three, my favorite toys were easel and chalk. Recognizing my passion, my parents allowed me to start art lessons at the age of five. By age nine, I was attending all day class every Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago, with live models and the entire museum in which to work. It was a young artist’s heaven.

Foxes...In the Abstract

foxes.franz_marc_1880-1916_germanyFoxes by Franz Marc, oil on canvas, 1913Franz Marc was a pioneer in the birth of abstract art at the beginning of the twentieth-century. He was born on February 8, 1880, in Munich, Germany and studied at the Munich Art Academy. He traveled to Paris several times where he saw the work of Gauguin, Van Gogh, and the Impressionists.

Marc was a founder in 1911 of the Blaue Reiter group, an influential circle of artists who produced exuberantly colored works based on emotional themes. Much of Marc’s work featured animals---dramatic groups of horses in particular.

The original oil painting of Foxes hangs in the Kuntsmuseum in Dusseldorf, but Giclee prints are available for purchase.