This one looks a little different than my usual work, because I painted on wood hardboard. There is no tooth like there is in canvas, it is perfectly smooth surface. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I’m going to stock up on more of these surfaces.
I have a couple paintings to show off (already sold pieces) that I am sure have made it to their homes by now. I don’t like to unveil them publicly if they are gifts, because you never know, it’s possible I might ruin the surprise. And wouldn’t that be a shame?
Another painting from a reference photo by Gary Odell. I pulled several of his images one weekend, and was so excited by them that I sat and painted them over the next couple weeks. The lighting, the poses…each had something special I wanted to interpret through paint. In this one, it was the light through the mane and tail. I also like the reflected colors playing over the back and stomach. And water? Yes, it’s more difficult than it appears.
Remember my friend told me to stop painting horses rear-view, because no one wants to see that? I did turn them around for a while, but I think just as many people like to see horses going away as coming towards. Right? Plus, my rule is to paint things I’d like to hang in my own home.
We’re rounding down to the end of the year, and I’m working on Christmas requests. I hate that I can’t share the finished images with you, but you never know that the recipient of the gift might not stumble across the image and have the surprise ruined. So you won’t get to see them until my end-of-the-year compilation of the whole year’s works. But rest assured, I’ve painted some very nice doggies. 🙂
These friendly horses are available in my Etsy shop now. I usually do not paint with the color red, but am trying to incorporate it here and there. I find it difficult to match the values against other colors. In the above painting, I like the little bit of blue shadow created by the ear of the red horse cast over the white muzzle of his friend.