I decided that the photograph looked good enough to post, although I have a few more details to work out on the painting itself. It’s so close to “done” that I can almost taste it…but can’t go any farther until the last coats of paint dry. White is the bane of my painterly existence, as it takes forever and a day to dry when other colors somehow manage to get there in just a few hours. Anyhow, some of the white areas in the clover foreground need a bit of glaze and a few strokes more of detail. Then I can truly declare it complete.
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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