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Success!

8″x8″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop.

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I dithered whether to give him an open eye, or leave it shut. Either way creates a subtly different mood. In the end I just left it closed, creating a happier expression.

18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

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Isn’t this a lovely moment? The reference photo is courtesy Gary O’Dell, who photographs wild horses in Arizona. I loved the pink water, reflecting the unseen sky.

12″X12″ oil on stretched canvas, available here.

This year is just going to fly by, isn’t it? At least I’m getting some painting done. It’s taking effort on the weekends, but I’m keeping my hand in. I’m always open for commission work, of course, and move it to the top of the list–don’t hesitate to inquire!

I loved how the horses recede, near-far, and thought the composition was successful. Plus a friend told me I paint too many horse butts and need to do more faces. So here we are!

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18″x24″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

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I know I say it all the time, but sometimes these just work. I use the same colors, pretty much, but from one painting to the next some just don’t work at all. I do think a lot of it has to do with my mood, and how rushed I feel. Large paintings are more overwhelming, because what if it’s not a successful attempt? I’m out paint, canvas, and time. Sometimes it’s hard to jump in when you know you might fail; I know that’s what stops a lot of people from attempting. But still, it takes the failures to help you understand what success is, doesn’t it?

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18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas, available in my etsy shop. Thanks for looking. 🙂