Author Archives: Alli Farkas

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana

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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“I’m Lovin’ it” (not Mickey D’s)

  This image is pretty close to reality. It always helps to be able to photograph in some good light. I mentioned earlier that I would post Sky Pads 17 side by side with this one so you can see … Continue reading

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21 taking shape

  This is basically how the painting will look. It won’t change much from here except to enhance the values between lights and darks. No new colors, just a bit more drama. Probably one more pass. Oh wait, yesterday I … Continue reading

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21, but only drinking pond water

  There was one warm-ish day a week or so ago, and I took advantage of it. Normally I pour paint washes on a really hot day, around 90F so that the pigment will pull together as the paint thinner … Continue reading

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Saga of a dog portrait

Back in early December one of my barn friends had to put down her now aged, beloved dog, Izzy. She was absolutely crushed, and our barn manager asked me to do a portrait as a surprise for her to give … Continue reading

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Portugal, condensed, sort of

Greg (aka “the SO”) and I visited Portugal for a week and a half over the Christmas/New Years holidays. I have just uploaded 75 photos for this blog and have little sense of how to keep you interested in them. … Continue reading

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