The oil painting is done! I’ve titled it “Ma Nature’s Prism” just because I like all the colors of the rainbow in it. I had a heck of a time photographing it. You’ll probably notice that this photo looks like a whole different color palette from its predecessors. Several factors came into play–I shot this one in daylight rather than artificial light. I also touched up the lights, darks and color intensity using my desktop monitor instead of my (truly awful) laptop screen. The biggest hurdle was finding a way to photograph this really glossy painting without getting shiny white areas here and there from the gloss. I ended up shooting from a tripod in a dim area of the room and then letting Photoshop save my butt once again.
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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