So close it’s almost a Christmas present…

Letting this "ferment" for a couple of days, then we'll see if it still looks like it's a winner

Letting this "ferment" for a couple of days, then we'll see if it still looks like it's a winner

All the sides are finally painted, my little Christmas present to myself! A couple more coats are on Gunny, which of course still need to dry. In the meantime, I’ll do what I always do when I think a painting is finished…prop it up someplace where I can come upon it unexpectedly and see if anything pops out at me that needs fixing.

I’m still debating another coat on Rosie and also the color of the leaves hanging over Gunny’s neck. Maybe a little more contrast…?

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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6 Responses to So close it’s almost a Christmas present…

  1. artbylowell says:

    Looks great to me! Personally I try not to “fix” anything after its “finished”, I try to move on and let it be. One of my little rules. THis is the first post I’ve seen of yours, but will be following from now on. Like you I am trying to make painting my life, the business side is a challenge. Happy Trails, Lowell


    • Alli Farkas says:

      I totally understand the “don’t fix it and move on” philosophy–I generally am willing to leave at least one little mistake behind. Indeed, I used to say it was sort of my trademark! But when it’s a commission, I go the extra mile and try to get it just right because I really want my client to be completely satisfied. Thanks for your comment–always appreciated!


  2. Gina Ayersman says:

    Looks great! Really captures the warmth and friendship of these equine buddies. I think Reins of Life will do very well with the fundraising from this painting! Happy New Year!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      I like it, too, Gina. After a few days of contemplation, I’ve decided that the only part that needs a bit of revision is where the leaves cover Gunny’s back and shoulder. What we call “values” (light vs dark contrast) are too close here, making it a bit difficult to distinguish the leaves. So I think I’ll be actually removing (!) some paint from the leaves to let the original yellow undercoat show through as sort of a highlight. Then we’ll be finished!

      Happy New Year to you, too! And to all of my blog “followers”!


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