Mac but no cheese

Here's the real deal, from a photo by Lyn Alban, used with permission.

Here’s the real deal, Aquabord™ painting from a photo by Lyn Alban, used with permission.

The gift has been delivered and opened, so I can reveal the puzzle of the “secret commission”. This doesn’t look at all like the photo in my last post, which difference obviously is what I was aiming for. This is Macgregor, also known as Mac, a Morgan/Freisian cross who I previously painted last January. You can see all of him, as opposed to mainly his rear end, here. The challenge for the current piece was the camera flare over Mac’s back and neck. I could easily have done the painting without the flare, but it was specifically requested to include it so I did. While I was laying down layers of black for Mac’s coat I also alternated layers of yellow-orange and red-brown. To get the flare I lifted some of the black off to reveal the colors underneath. I had to be careful because although the ability to lift color off the Aquabord™ surface is a blessing, it can also be a curse if you go at it with too heavy a hand and end up all the way back at the white substrate. I didn’t experiment ahead of time, just decided to take my chances. Chance was on my side this time…

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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9 Responses to Mac but no cheese

  1. i love this!!!   it’s so nice to be online and receiving notices again, even if the connection is slow – it beats having no internet! z



    • Alli Farkas says:

      No kidding! When I don’t keep up with the blogs I follow for even one day I get so far behind I just have to whiz through them and then I feel like I’m shortchanging folks! Can’t imagine going offline for an extensive period.


  2. orijinalchris says:

    I, too, love this! It’s gorgeous, almost surreal, especially compared to your usual work. I love the composition/balance, as well as the light rays/lens flare (:


  3. before i read the post, i thought the painting seemed unusual, especially compared to your previous work that i have seen. your explanation was very instructive and added to my appreciation.


  4. Very nice, and from an interesting perspective; I like it. But then again people always thought I was a bit of a horse’s ass 🙂


  5. drjen says:

    You do really lovely work. I especially like this one!


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks Dr Jen–I really like it too. Wish I had more photos in a similar vein so I could do a series. Hard to wait for just the right combination of horse, snow, light angle and path. To make matters worse, the source photo wasn’t mine so I can’t claim credit for that! Will have to keep an eye out for upcoming sleigh rides…


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