This is Shadow, who is the beloved horse of my client’s sister. She loves to ride along this river path, so my task was to put together three photos to make him just happen to be there all by himself as a Christmas present from my client to her sister. I was pleasantly distracted by a holiday trip to Portugal (post will be ready eventually) and I couldn’t post because I didn’t have these photos on my phone, so here we are in January instead of the day after Christmas. But it’s all good!
The best photo of the horse had him facing the wrong way. The best photo of his head was part of a different photo. The photo of the river scene had the horse and rider in it. So……I flipped the first photo–including flipping the mane–, added the head from the second, and covered up the horse and rider in the landscape. I don’t get many calls to paint black horses, but I really love the way this one evolved!