Double equine commission in progress

Pencil drawing for "Glory", on 16 x 20 canvas

Pencil drawing for “Glory”, on 16 x 20 canvas

My super understanding client ordered portraits of her two Appaloosas way back in August when I was in the middle of creating a swarm of lily pad paintings. I told her I couldn’t start until late September/early October and she graciously accepted the delayed start. Both horses are “blanket” Appies, with more or less white hair mixed in with the larger dark areas. The spots themselves present no special challenge, but it will require some finesse to get the roan areas working right.

This is where my occasionally applied ink undercoating will come in handy. Here’s a photo of a blue roan Appy I did as a demo piece for my booth way back when.

A little softer background works better

The salt-and-pepper roan areas show off quite nicely using crosshatch ink strokes underneath the paint.

This will work quite well for Glory, who is dark gray/black. We’ll see what tricks I come up with for the second horse, Lakota, who is a red roan. Last year I did a reddish Appy on Aquabord™ but he was just spots, no blanket and no dark areas–so that was a snap to do by comparison. Here’s Chesney–

We have spots...

We have spots…

Update to come when Glory gets some ink.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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6 Responses to Double equine commission in progress

  1. orijinalchris says:

    Love the blue roan Appy one, great composition, and the cross-hatching under the paint looks great, too.

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  2. Agree with comment above – I don’t paint, so can’t figure out what’s on top and what’s underneath, but the effect is great and the end result really works.
    It’ll be cool to see this new one come to life!


  3. Fun to learn how you get the details working for you. The roan is indeed beautifully details and real in the painting of Appy.


    • Alli Farkas says:

      Update coming soon on the first of the two commissions. Almost done with the ink. I’m always wishing I could somehow magically keep both the ink and the final painted version but of course the paint will cover the ink but not mask it entirely. This one is looking really good.

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  4. Sophie Callahan says:

    Absolutely beautiful work. Love the Appy! x


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