This is Ben, another of a long line of horses who are no longer with us. The photo reference for this painting was taken the day before he died, and his owner loved the way the camera flare looked like heaven’s light shining down on him. The photo needed a little more light and contrast, so I emphasized the richness of the colors and the brightness of the rays, while leaving the background hills and trees fairly dark. There were also very strong highlights over the head, neck and back which I thought glowed beautifully so I made sure they showed through too. Ben’s owner got the painting today because my client just couldn’t wait two more days to give it to her. So you, dear readers, get to see it early too!
Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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