The times they are a-changing

I had to let this painting of Dez sit for a couple of days. Painting the parts of the horse that were under tack that the artist removed can be somewhat of a puzzle to be solved. This one in particular was a puzzle because the camera angle of the source photo was a bit unusual. The horse was bent to his left (towards the right side of the photo) and I would have expected to see more of his right side in that angle since he was curling to his left. But his haunches were behind the saddle and rider that had been removed and I couldn’t see much to get a clue from either side. I went with that original angle, but it made the other side of him look really skinny and, coincidentally, unbalanced.

I retreated to my enormous files of reference photos and ended up with…a painting from a very old Christmas card (!) to use as a reference for a new angle which would show more of his right side (left side of the photo). I also straightened out his front end a bit so it would go with the new angle. I think now he looks like he’s coming toward the camera with some purpose and some strength in his posture.

I added more branches to the background and played with the shading to get more light/dark contrast. I think it’s done now. But as usual I will let it sit again for a few days in a spot where I will come upon it every morning and see if my judgement remains the same. Here you go–

Dez, final version

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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8 Responses to The times they are a-changing

  1. anne leueen says:

    I can understand all the difficulties you had about the perspective. I have found the same issues with taking photos. But you solved the problem and the final is wonderful. Such a dear horse Dez.

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  2. Beautiful result for all your hard work! 🙂

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  3. Emma Cownie says:

    Well, he looks absolutely fine – it can drive you crazy trying to get bits of paintings right that for some reason or other aren’t in the reference photo/s.

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  4. rangewriter says:

    Brilliant! As much as you worked on his left hind quarters and the background, my eye doesn’t want to leave Dez’s expressive eye.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      So glad to hear that!! I had several photos to work with and the one that had the best pose of the horse had his eye half-closed. There was another photo where the head was almost identical but the rest wasn’t as nice. BUT…his eye was open! Thank goodness for small favors!!! All I had to do was an eye transplant 👀😂


  5. Priti says:

    Excellent work you have done unique thanks for sharing 👌👍😊


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