The “giftee” returned from abroad this month and received the stall plaque for her horse, Ekko–so now I can reveal what the horse looks like. This stall plate is different from previous ones in that it is a head portrait instead of the whole horse running freely. As an amusing side note, I had to recreate the tips of his ears for his portrait because they were missing in the original reference photo! I was particularly pleased at how well the background came out. It can be tricky trying to recreate in oil paint what a camera lens does so nicely–“bokeh”, or that lovely blurred effect. So, here you go–
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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this is terrific! i’m sure the ‘giftee’ was very pleased. if i had a horse i’d hire you to paint it!