Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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Alli with Charm. Billy is behind me, wondering why he is in horse jail.
For not the first time, but maybe the last time, I have started a "home business". The difference with this one is that it is one I really enjoy. I've drawn and painted horses since I was (at least) five years old--that's the earliest one that my mother saved.
By the time I entered my teens, Mother had grown a bit tired of the subject and urged me to do something else with my artwork besides horses. I followed her advice and never looked back until ten years ago when it occurred to me that people might actually pay for horse portraits. I have had many exhibits of my landscapes, and sold a good number of them--but not enough to provide any kind of steady income.
I'm hoping that if I work hard and market this business well I will be able to delight my customers, make some money, and have a lot of fun doing it.
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Category Archives: horse rescue promotion
Three more little ink sketches based on photographs by my friend Lauren Goodman who lives and works at Blue Sky Horse Rescue in Klamath Falls, Oregon. I can’t say enough about Blue Sky–they take all comers, from abandoned horses to … Continue reading
This is it! The final coat of paint! What amazes me is how differently the camera captures colors depending on time of day and location of the painting being photographed. I can look at the original photograph and at the … Continue reading
I decided that the photograph looked good enough to post, although I have a few more details to work out on the painting itself. It’s so close to “done” that I can almost taste it…but can’t go any farther until … Continue reading
A casual observer would say that I saved the hardest part for last, but you would only be half right. I’ve been working this painting from back to front (kind of like riding a dressage horse, now that I think … Continue reading
I think I’m drowning in a sea of (future) clover…but I like where the painting is going so far. Still got a long way to go. The best part is that all that clover isn’t discouraging me–I think I will … Continue reading
At Horse-A-Rama last month I met an enthusiastic gal who runs a horse rescue called Amazing Grace in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. They have an annual fundraiser coming up, and she asked if I would like to set up my portrait … Continue reading
Ah, foggy at last! I had to wait several days to put the final layer on, because I knew I was going to be “scrubbing” it pretty hard with my brush and I didn’t want any of the underlayers to … Continue reading
It probably doesn’t look like there’s much difference between version 1 and version 2, but if you could see it in person you would notice a definite deepening of the colors, and be able to see some detail in the … Continue reading
It’s been a while now, but you may recall from an earlier blog my story about how my letter to the Humane Society of Missouri offering to do a portrait got lost then found again. So in the meantime we … Continue reading
Just got another phone call from St. Louis, where I had approached the Humane Society of Missouri (a l-o-n-g time ago, now) about donating a portrait to benefit Long Meadow Rescue Ranch. This is the group who was unaware of the letter I wrote … Continue reading