View Full Version : One Thing I Hate About Winter

Jim Updegraff
02-12-2005, 10:25 PM
The lousy thing about winter out here, other than that the weather can kill you if you are not careful, is that livestock has to be watered no matter how cold it is. If, like me, you are too cheap to put in automatic waterers, that means either hauling water daily of daily chopping ice out of the creek. This is how that works – oil on canvas, 24" x 36"(?):


02-13-2005, 12:15 AM
Ooh, nifty! I'm looking forward to seeing how you do this.

For the chance to be around horses, shucks, I'd chop ice too! :-)

chammi kaiser
02-17-2005, 05:34 PM
:wave: This is going to be fabulous. Love the way the horses are just standing there staring. Really made me smile. I am saving my neighbour's goldfish from ending up frozen fish sticks by bashing the ice in their pond daily with a mallet whilst they are away on holiday so know just how you feel. You have given me an idea for a painting. Thanks. Chammi.

Jim Updegraff
02-20-2005, 08:53 AM
It’s been a bad week for painting – the day job got pretty demanding. This thing got some attention on Saturday. Here is where she stands this morning (another lousy, grey day of mixed rain and snow).


02-20-2005, 09:04 AM
Seeing a bit of your work now Jim, I have to say you have a unique style which works well with the telling of narrative. Should be interesting to see how this one comes to gether...


02-21-2005, 01:44 PM
Very interesting to watch your steps from sketching to a stylized painting.
Bravo !

Jim Updegraff
02-21-2005, 10:47 PM
Sunday afternoon was pretty good and since the post office, court house, banks and abstracter were closed for Washington’s Birthday (first in war, first in peace and seventh in the hearts of his countrymen), I declared a holiday on Monday afternoon, too. Here is where the ice chopping picture stands as on the close of business tonight.



02-22-2005, 03:09 AM
Time well spent.
Quite a job on all those tree branches... :clap:

02-22-2005, 04:16 PM
Hey Jim - whats an abstracter?
I learned a bit about horses in your blacksmith thread, before I read that I thought these guys seemed big. The line around the white one's middle section - is that some sort of harness? That horse seems to be demanding all my attention.
I dont want to bring up pointy butts again but this fellows left cheek....maybe it's his wallet in his back pocket? :evil:
anyway this is coming along very very nicely. Is this for a show?

02-22-2005, 07:02 PM
Hello Jim,
Love your story telling. Nice painting. That paler horse does have a lot of personality, doesn't he/she?

I showed your thread to my husband because I know he loves remembering the old ways and he was wondering if you would cover that hole with something, it could stay unfrozen.(something he read or was already told). So you would not have to chop the ice each time. He is so practical.

To come back to the painting; you have a definite style in your work and I categorize it between "Naïf" and "realism".

A joy to see, really Jim.

Linda :wave:

02-22-2005, 07:25 PM
Interesting style..........exceptional trees. The yellow snow reminds me of childhood warnings :p about snow ice cream..........that's just the sunlight....right? :)

Jim Updegraff
02-22-2005, 11:06 PM
The yellow snow reminds me of childhood warnings :p about snow ice cream..........that's just the sunlight....right? :)

A guy would hope so, wouldn’t he.

Spyderbabe: I am beginning to think, Madam, that you have a distinctly unhealthy obsession with butts. Those of us of a certain age, members of the great fraternity of the flabby, the baggy and the saggy, would just as soon that no further attention be directed to that particular feature, thank you very much.

An abstracter is the guy you pay to search the courthouse records concerning a tract of land and prepare a synopsis of the public records. The synopsis is called an abstract of title. Before the nearly universal triumph of title insurance (an unconscionable consumer rip-off and a mechanism to compound, conceal and perpetuate questionable titles) lawyers would examine the title abstract and render a written opinion as to the identity of the owner, the existence of any liens and encumbrances and what needed to be done so that a safe conveyance or mortgage could be given. In Iowa title examination is a pot boiler for the small town lawyer. It pays the rent and sometimes the electric bill too.

I’m not pleased with the left hand horse. It’s way to spindly and narrow. With luck I’ll have time to redo it tomorrow. About the dark band around its waist, the middle part of the horse is pretty much round like a barrel. The hips are sort of box like. Where the barrel fits into the hips there is a change of shape that is shadowed. The band is a feeble attempt to depict that shadow.

It will look better next time. I promise.

02-24-2005, 02:14 PM
I'm sure you're working on this and we'll get to the bottom of things, no IFS, ANDS or ... BUTTS about it.

Jim Updegraff
02-24-2005, 10:43 PM
Here is the current state of this thing. I’m still far from satisfied with the horses and there is still a fair amount of work to do on them before they are right. The top image is close in clarity but Number Two is close on color. Number Three is for the benefit of our friend from Cuyahoga County.




02-25-2005, 05:56 AM
:angel: Thank you Jim. I do appreciate getting a better look at the brushwork. Ladies, what do you think?

The fact that you've made the jeans look kind of faded & a bit dirty is terrific.

Summit County, not Cuyahoga. :p

02-25-2005, 08:19 AM
:angel: Thank you Jim. I do appreciate getting a better look at the brushwork. Ladies, what do you think?

A little on the skinny side :evil: lol

Jim Updegraff
03-02-2005, 07:45 PM
I think / hope this thing is finished. I’m still not fully content with the two horses but to my eye they are better than they were. You may take the “chopper” to be your painter as he would look after successfully (wildly successfully) completing a weight lose regime. That’s just not going to happen.



I'll pop this up in oil painting and open critique and take my lumps.