Crossing my eyes again

How I spent two days at Reins of Life benefit dressage show. Obviously not done yet.

How I spent two days at Reins of Life benefit dressage show. Obviously not done yet. Watercolor on Aquabord™.

Just when I thought I had sworn off harness…a commission! This past Saturday and Sunday Reins of Life held its second benefit dressage show of the season and unlike last year, I sat in my booth instead of on a horse and had plenty of time to get this painting this far along. The two horses in the painting were pulling ponies–not actually ponies, just smaller than your large draft pulling horses. Here’s a pulling contest:pulling-contest They were shown by the father of a friend of mine. She wants this as a Christmas gift, so who am I to complain about too much harness? The original photo is somewhat dark and blurry, so I’m hoping nobody will really notice the fudge factor when I make up something I can’t see clearly. My reference is a photo of the original photo–taken surreptitiously with a cell phone so that the recipient wouldn’t know something was up. I’ll post the reference photo along with the finished painting when it’s done.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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5 Responses to Crossing my eyes again

  1. the event must have been a lot of fun and good luck with your painting! btw, here’s a link to a big equestrian event happening right now in l.a.:


  2. ooooooooooooooooops! url above incorrect! here’s the correct one:


  3. You do an amazing job with the harness detail Alli. This looks like it will be a wonderful piece. 🙂


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks–the hardest part is yet to come. The entire face area is dark in the photo and Photoshop doesn’t provide any additional detail when I lighten it up. So I’ll have to make up some pretty eyes for these boys…


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