I swear I am not detail oriented…

I accepted a tiny commission a couple of weeks ago. I looked at the source photo and unabashedly said to myself, “no problem”. I always do that after a casual look and then berate myself for not noticing all the obvious detail. It’s especially nonsensical when one thinks about all the horses and all the harness I have painted and how much time it took to untangle all that harness and hope I got it right.

So…to make things even more interesting, this was to be a tiny watercolor on Aquabord ™. It’s been a while since I posted about this type of watercolor, so briefly I’ll just say this one was to be only 5″ x 7″ in size, and the board itself is similar to Masonite but with a gesso coating that gives the surface a texture like that of watercolor paper. It’s a great surface to paint on, especially for an artist like me who depends on the ability of the materials used to be erasable. If I mess up something on Aquabord™ I can almost always get the surface back down to the original white color unless I was using a pigment that has a lot of stain to it. Even then, I can get close to removing all of the color.

Here’s the drawing. I breathed a huge sigh of relief when it was done.

Here’s a bit of the start of the painting, just so you know it was really and truly painted. No cheating.

Here’s the teeny tiny brush I had to use for a good deal of it, especially the harness.

And here’s the finished painting. What I love about Aquabord™ is that when the paint is dry you can coat it with UV protection and spray varnish so that unlike watercolor on paper it’s practically harm-proof.

Now for something totally different–I entered two Sky Pads paintings in the 6th Annual Landscape Exhibit at Fernwood Botanical Garden which is located about 30 minutes from my house. I got lucky and both were accepted into the exhibit. The opening reception and awards presentation is tomorrow (well, I know it’s already tomorrow in most of the rest of the world so let’s just say November 13). I have no idea what the other entries look like except for the fact that they have to depict some sort of landscape, not limited to realistic landscape. If I win anything, I’ll let you all know! Here are my two entries:

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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12 Responses to I swear I am not detail oriented…

  1. Kathy Noone says:

    I am always impressed with your work….so stunning and precise (detail oriented?🙃).


  2. anne leueen says:

    I can see how the horses and the harness presents a profusion of detail but the final result is lovely!

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks! I think if it had been a bit larger and the source photo had been a bit clearer I would have had an easier time of it. But this one was special, for a friend’s brother who had lost the horse on the left. I’ll do whatever it takes for a memorial portrait!

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  3. jofox9973 says:

    Awesome painting! I really like it. It was well worth all of the effort!

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  4. Nancy Powers says:

    Love this! Kind of reminds me of the draft horse painting I purchased from you for my brother-in-law. It certainly was treasured by him. ♥

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  5. Emma Cownie says:

    I love the fine detail of your commissioned piece. Its very delicate and light. I have never used Aquaboard. Can you use it with gouache/acrylic or is meant just for water colours?


  6. rangewriter says:

    Oh my gosh, I love that Aquaboard painting. I can see what a ton of detail you had to note and reproduce. Wow. Lovely, vibrant colors.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Noone Kathy says:

    Beautiful painting of working harness horses!


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