Author Archives: Alli Farkas

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana

Weekend in an antique gas station

If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember this place–it was originally a gas station, then became a victim of neglect, then was resurrected as a nostalgic tribute to the 50’s gas station. It has now become … Continue reading

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Weekend in a white tent

I spent the weekend perched on a director’s chair in my vendor booth in Barrington, Illinois. This is renowned horse country, but I was not selling horse paintings. Rather, I was basking in the soft light of Sky Pads. Most … Continue reading

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Probably ripe (cranberry)

It was a long meditation to decide what color would work with that bit of muddy background that I started with. Below are photos from the beginning up till the one above. All that cranberry at first looked too brilliant … Continue reading

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As the “cranberries” ripen

You’ll have to take a look at my post from a couple of days ago to get the “cranberry” reference. In the meantime, I’d say the left side of the painting on the right (are we really confused now?) has … Continue reading

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Newest culinary sensation–cranberry lily pads

Well, it looks a bit cranberry-like at this point but I do have a plan in mind. It just took me a really long time to come up with a plan because the oddball paint pour that turned out to … Continue reading

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Now what??!!

OK, so does this look like mud or what? It just goes to show that no matter what you do, the paint seems to have the last word. This is my usual preliminary wash, this time for Sky Pads 22. … Continue reading

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Stamina isn’t just for horses

Yesterday morning started out with icy roads and overturned cars. Fortunately I wasn’t among them, but I came close to it. My destination was a seminar on horse and rider biomechanics, presented by my trainer Karin Bielefeld. In spite of … Continue reading

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