This color pencil artwork is currently for sale. It is 11×9 inches in size, un-matted and unframed. It will come in a protective sleeve. I love horses and this was a fun project that I worked on. I would really love to see it find a new home. If you have any questions, please ask!!
Two horses play fighting. I hope to be finished with this one soon. I have had a lot of trouble with it. I started working on it then stopped out of frustration. I will share when I get it finished of course!
Animals’ Angels latest Freedom of Information Act request only increased our concerns over the BLM’s treatment of wild horses and burros. Among other things, the BLM’s Palomino Valley Facility in Nevada seems to be drastically under-reporting the actual number of horses and burros that have died under its “care.” In order to deal with the eventuality of equine deaths, the NV Bureau of Land Management has an ongoing contract with a rendering plant, Nevada By-Products (d/b/a Reno Rendering), to process the dead horses and burros received from Palomino Valley.
According to the contract paperwork, Nevada By-Products was chosen over landfill disposal due to cost effectiveness and the fact that “Due to the sensitive nature of the public to the wild horse and burro program, it is necessary to dispose of these large animals as quickly and discretely (sic) as possible and Reno Rendering fulfills these requirements.”
In addition to the contract itself, our FOIA request obtained all records of deceased horses and burros sent from the BLM holding facility to the rendering plant from January 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012.
During that timeframe the BLM itself reported in the official Palomino Valley Mortality Detail Report that only 241 horses and burros died at the Palomino Valley facility and 50 at the Fallon facility. However, the records from the rendering plant tell quite a different story. According to the Nevada By-Product invoices for that same time period, a startling 577 dead horses were received from the Palomino Valley Facility. This is a shocking difference of 286 animals (336 horses if Nevada By-Products does not render the horses from Fallon) , a number simply too large to ignore.
Go to the link to learn more…. This is YOUR TAX DOLLARS working here to continue this animal abuse! Why are this many animals dying at these facilities?
I am re-sharing R.T. Fitch Blog because he does such a great job of reporting on the wild horse situation. The BLM are complete frauds. They have destroyed wild horses horse herds and no doubt ruined their genetic viability. It makes me sick! Here is excerpt from his blog but click to read and watch the video that shows there is barely a handful of horses and burros out on such empty vast open landscapes. -Jodi
“For several years Straight from the Horse’s Heart (SFTHH) and Wild Horse Freedom Federationhave followed the struggles of the last remaining wild horses and burros on one of the largest HMAs in the United States; Twin Peaks that stretches across the state lines of both California and Nevada. Besides personal visits of our own, several other wild equine advocates have been keeping an eye on what is left free on the open range, one of those advocates is Grandma Greg who has documented her findings and made them public here on SFTHH. Her most recent installment was “Where Have All the Wild Horses and Burros Gone?” which is pretty much required reading for any advocate as it contains links to the full report and many of the preceding documentation that verifies that contrary to what the BLM alleges there are ‘NO Excess Wild Horses and Burros.’
Last week a group of wildlife ecologists did an aerial assessment of what is left and we are pleased to share with you their video and ask that you click on the link at the conclusion of this post to visit their site to comment directly and encourage them for more aerial surveillance of our vanishing icons of American freedom. Thanks to Ney Grant andhttp://www.lighthawk.org for making this possible. Keep the faith!” ~ R.T.”
“RIGHT NOW, TODAY the Cattoors are having THEIR way with YOUR wild horses at the Adobe Town helicopter stampede with NO PUBLIC OBSERVATION…”
“Feel Good Sunday” is canceled for this day. Sorry, I was planning on writing about what an uplifting and endearing experience Terry and I had on Black Friday riding our companion horses on Galveston Beach versus being tied up in a mall with a bunch of crazy people but that is going to have to wait for another day as the plight of our wild horses and the antics of the BLM pushed all that goodness and light off onto the back burner, as usual.
Instead, I will share with you some darkness that rode in on a broomstick from the cold, stark western skies and landed square in my inbox on Thanksgiving weekend with a stomach churning plop and covered with the smell of distant deceit; that, ladies and gentlemen, was a personal email from the grand dame of wild horse pain and suffering, the BLM hired gun for ripping away the freedom and destroying the families of our wild horses and burros, none other than the BLM helicopter contractor, Sue Cattoor…….READ MORE at the link!
ROCK SPRINGS, WY. (Nov. 26, 2013) –The Cloud Foundation (TCF) along withWild Horse Freedom Federation (WHFF) adamantly oppose the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) continuing policy of rounding up wild horses in brutal weather conditions as witnessed by humane observers at the Adobe Town/ Salt Wells roundup in southern Wyoming this week. TCF calls on Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to step in and put an end to what the Colorado non-profit characterizes as “taxpayer funded animal abuse.”
Temperatures in the low teens in the Adobe Town/Salt Wells Complex (ATSW) did not stop the BLM from running wild horses, including small foals only a few months of age, to trap sites miles away from where the mustangs were attempting to survive wintry conditions. At least one small foal was unable to keep up with its mother according to humane observers of the operation. They also reported adult horses coming into the trap site wet from sweat, a formula for respiratory complications…… READ MORE AT LINK!
Matted and Framed 11″X14″ inch Original watercolor horse art. This is one of my original stippling drawing that is then painted in watercolor and ink. Stippling is a pattern of dots that creates the animals design and the darker shadings … Continue reading →
I have not shared in awhile. I have been so very tired lately. And busy at the same time. But thought I’d stop by and share another one of my pieces. This is one of my favorites. Watercolor and ink. … Continue reading →
Here is my very first real blog. I have to say this is a bit of a daunting task for me. But here I go. I already spend to much time on facebook. I can’t believe I am starting a blog. I never really wanted a blog but figure heck, why not. Maybe I should put my random postings that I share on facebook and put them in a more collected, meaningful thoughtful space.
I tend to be ADD and lose my train of thought. A lot! I think facebook inspires that kind of mentality. You have tons of short memes and images going around. How on earth can any one really focus on them in a meaningful way, right? Unless you are an activist of some kind that puts a lot of effort into petition writing and awareness campaigns like many of my friends do. I met a lot of them on a web site called care2 doing just that. So maybe this blog will help me get my thoughts together better and even translate that into art.
Many of those friends are very opinionated, as I can be myself. Some of them are activists against animal cruelty and even political activists for human rights. Heh…they can be pushy, myself included but I don’t want to be that here.
I want to share my love of animals, with a bit consciousness thrown in there about animal cruelty occasionally. I want a worth while collection of thoughts, that even connect to my artwork in some way. I want people to enjoy my thoughts as well as my art. Maybe even learn something they didn’t know about animals such as wild horses, which are at times, an inspiration for my love of drawing horses.
Here is one example inspired by the wild. It is an ACEO sized (2.5×3.5 inches in size) Completed in color pencil.
Located at my Etsy shop. Thank you for stopping by and greeting me to the blogging world. HA!