Billy, version 2.5

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This stage is about 2 1/2 coats of paint–some sections got a little bit more attention than others. I would have kept going but at this point I had to stop and wait for paint to dry, again. Otherwise I would be tempting fate to pull off underlayers as I painted over them. So we wait.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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4 Responses to Billy, version 2.5

  1. Wow! That’s already looking so much like Billy. You really captured his soul in this one, Alli. This must be an incredibly cathartic (albeit raw) experience for you. This phase really made me smile tonight (having lost some horses very close to my heart too). He’s back :-).

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Yep, this one is a hard one. Mostly because I’m so close to it that I live in fear of messing it up. Trying too hard is one of the worst things an artist can do! So far, so good. Taking it in small steps to help keep my distance!

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  2. Great tribute to your buddy Billy. Nice action on the chewing, had me believing it was an action shot!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I had to really look at the photo to get the chewing part done. This was one of those times when you think you know what you’re doing but you’re not painting what you’re seeing. So you need to stop and forget that it’s a horse’s muzzle and just paint the patterns that are there. Sounds weird, but that’s the way it is sometimes!

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