A little New Year’s surprise

Way back in 2017 I blogged about a photo of one of the small Aquabord™ paintings I do while I’m in my booth at horse shows or expos. I like to do that so I can attract people to watch a painting happen and thereby engage them in some conversation. This one is called “Seahorse” and it sold quite a while ago. Okay, be patient, there is a connection to be made a couple of paragraphs down.

My horse Charm stars as a body model in this painting.

So here I was three years later with a special request from a long-time friend of mine who owns a company called Lamou Design. Lamou makes custom tables, serving trays, coasters, and such, with personalized designs which can be either your own photo or chosen from a huge selection they have. My friend, Ann, had a client who wanted to gift someone with a tray featuring horses. Just my luck that the client didn’t have any source material and neither did Ann in her vast library. Good thing she knew just who to turn to!

I sent her a bunch of high-res photos of what I thought would make great images on a tray, and the client picked one titled Dodge, which featured two horses playing on a little hill.

“Dodge” (as in avoid, not as in automobile!) watercolor on Aquabord™. This one also sold a long time ago.

To return the favor, Ann made me a tray using the Seahorse photo I had also sent, because she thought it would look super cool on a tray. It landed on my doorstep a few days ago.

The amazing thing is that the original painting was only 5″ x 7″. Yeah, I had a hi-res photo, but still…to enlarge it this big and have it still read as the original watercolor that it was, that’s kind of amazing. The image is actually printed on the baltic birch wood from which the tray is made, not printed on some other substrate which is then applied to the wood. This process lets the grain of the wood show through a little bit and I think it adds interest to the ultimate image.

If you like this idea, to see a lot more of their work search “lamou” on Etsy.com or search “lamou” on Facebook. Or use #mylamou. You might even want to special order something for yourself!


About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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16 Responses to A little New Year’s surprise

  1. Nancy Powers says:

    Yay! Horses! And, they are gorgeous…..just like Charm! I really like the idea of the trays. Hmmm….What a nice diversion for you, Alli, from the Sky Pads.

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  2. Emma Cownie says:

    It looks really good! Shame to actually use it as a tray!!

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  3. rangewriter says:

    Wow. That’s fascinating. And your Seahorse looks remarkably like my childhood horse, perhaps a bit more beautifully conformed, but the spirit is there. Oh, I did love my Thunder.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      The funny thing about my horse being the model is that she is a chestnut. I dressed her up in gray so she would look kind of dreamy in the ocean water. Which also wasn’t real. It’s fun to make fake oceans—they don’t have to be very precise!

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  4. So cool to have one of your horse paintings printed on a tray. It looks awesome.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      What’s really interesting to me is seeing that it holds up in terms of color, contrast, and proportions at 4 times its original size. Small paintings can look fabulous and then lose their magic when enlarged. This one survived!

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  5. zannyro says:

    What a nice thing to do for you! Beautiful colors!

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  6. Judith says:

    How nice! The watercolors are awesome, and the trays are spectacular.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Beautiful! The original and the tray!

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  8. PRAPTI GUPTA says:

    This is awesome!!


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