Charm, showing off the only braids that will stay in her endless mane.
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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: new horse portrait
A client from a decade ago–revisited
A client I remember vividly for various reasons contacted me recently to commission a new horse portrait. You can see the one she commissioned in 2012 here. That one was her grandfather’s horse, and she ordered it really early to … Continue reading
I can’t tell
Working on a secret commission. All I can say is, it’s a horse. We shall return to our regular programming with Sky Pads 33 as soon as the secret is out. We’re about half way there.
Late but accounted for
This is Shadow, who is the beloved horse of my client’s sister. She loves to ride along this river path, so my task was to put together three photos to make him just happen to be there all by himself … Continue reading
First EmyLou, now just Lou
A couple of posts back I showed you EmyLou. I can now reveal–since the gift”er” can’t seem to wait until Christmas to hand over presents to her gift”ees”–the first painting in my previous post A Pair of Puzzles. This painting … Continue reading
Tangled up in time
I started this painting of an eventer probably a year ago. So long ago I can’t remember. Finally finished it up sitting in my booth at the latest Reins of Life benefit show at the end of September. I was … Continue reading
The secret commission is done, but still can’t be revealed. I was two-timing while working on it, as it was somewhat of a rush project. I wanted to start the last drawing of the four Carroll Cottage paintings, and took … Continue reading
A little painting and a little news
I like to keep my Aquabord™ titles to only one word–don’t ask why, just some arbitrary decision I made years ago–which is how this one came to be titled “Joy”. I finished it over a month ago but it was … Continue reading
Lakota and a bunch of straight lines
Let me start by saying straight lines are not my favorite thing. So here we have a really nice-looking horse surrounded by—straight lines. My long-ago mentor used to say that you should draw everything free-hand so it looked like your … Continue reading
A little Appy happiness
This is the little Aquabord™ commission I picked up at Richland Park a week ago. I haven’t painted an Appaloosa since 2009 when I first started this whole horse portrait adventure. The original photo showed a halter on the … Continue reading
A new puzzle–or, let’s play mix and match
For your consideration: four photos, two of each horse, to be somehow combined into a new commissioned painting showing the two horses interacting together. Faithful followers know this is not the first time I have been presented with this situation–but … Continue reading