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: 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.
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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