A new kind of portrait

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch

Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, from photographs by Mike Bizelli of Bizelli Photography in St. Louis

It’s been a while now, but you may recall from an earlier blog my story about how my letter to the Humane Society of Missouri offering to do a portrait got lost then found again. So in the meantime we had some conversations, and they decided that instead of a portrait of one of their Longmeadow Rescue Ranch horses, they would prefer a “portrait” of the ranch itself. The thinking was that this would be more likely to appeal to their donors when offered for the fundraising auction coming up in September. Since I believe they know their donor base way better than I could, I thought “why not?” They provided several professional photos (see caption at left) and I took the three horses from one of them and inserted them in a wide shot of early morning mist over the pasture.

This is the first pass–it will surely change at least a couple of times before I ship it to St. Louis. It looks a little bright right now, but another layer or two should tame down those colors a little and make it even more misty-looking.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to A new kind of portrait

  1. Sue Steiner says:

    Its already beautiful!


  2. Jan says:

    I love this work…it’s so soft and beautiful


  3. Merry says:

    Nice Alli! The four fence posts to the right create a nice psychological play of “open confinement”. They elevate the painting from being just a pretty picture…at least to my twisted mind.


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