Never say die

I wasn’t impressed when I went with the first iteration of lily pads in yellow. It really looked like there was no “there” there. I consoled myself by remembering that this is what often happens on the first pass, even though I really thought perhaps it had no salvation. But rules are rules, at least in my habitat, so I made no decision except to keep moving along. Thankfully the second pass in red added some depth and shape to the pads. They will need at least one more coat, the last one being some shade of violet. And if you look at the second pass, maybe my last comment about this painting (think “flotilla”) will start to make sense.

On a totally different topic, I know a lot of artists are really enthusiastic about the annual “Inktober” event. If you follow a bunch of artists on social media you’ll see them putting out an ink drawing a day this month. Since I lack sufficient enthusiasm I’m just going to cheat and post an occasional ink drawing from my past, when it seems like I had a whole lot more time on my hands than I do nowadays. That’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!

Here’s a cute one of Charm (my mare) and her filly Revelation. This was before I bought Charm, sometime in 2013.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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11 Responses to Never say die

  1. Clover says:

    Alli, 24 is lookin’ good!! Love the drawing.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks! I had a mini-heart attack when I started with the yellow color–the background has always stayed put when painting over it but maybe the weird solvent I used with it this time isn’t as stable as the old stuff and the yellow started to mix with the background colors making it darker than it should have been. But it worked out somehow anyway, so, onward…

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  2. anne leueen says:

    Thanks for sharing the “oldie”. M husband has a friend who does ink drawings and every once in a while he bursts into colorful oils just got a change of pace.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Depending on how many posts I can manage before the end of October, I will put a few more ink drawings out there. I used to do them while I was in my horse portrait booth at shows etc, but then I switched to doing Aquabord watercolors instead.

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Oh, Charm and Revelation make a delightful ink drawing. How many days left in October? I might get round to an ink drawing myself but I’ll probably forget!

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  4. You have written many great posts and shared lots of amazing art – and I seem to always be reading off line and remain silent. You are doing so great and deserve the awards, best in show, etc.. Congrats and keep sharing what’s happening in your life!

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  5. Nancy says:

    I love your insightfully revealing and descriptive posts! Just viewing your art wouldn’t tell all of “the story” behind the paintings. Lovely ink of Charm and her foal.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      It would hardly be a fun read if there wasn’t a little drama to it. Got to at least try to keep my readers entertained. By the way, I saw Revelation (aka “Reva”) today and marveled at what a big horse she is. Charm is only 15-3. Reva has to be approaching 17. She’s 6 years old now, a gorgeous dark brown/black with most of her mom’s generous mane and tail (Charm has enough for probably 2 1/2 horses). Neither one recognizes the other. They were tied up a couple stalls away from one another wondering how to get closer so they could screech at each other.

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  6. Nancy A Powers says:

    Her owners must be very happy with the big, beautiful girl that Charm produced. ♥

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