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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Tag Archives: ink drawings
Lakota and a l-o-t of ink
Normally I use technical pens when I’m doing ink underdrawings. Metal nibs, refillable, lots of different nib sizes to choose from. For Lakota I had to improvise a bit because I didn’t want to use black ink. Cleaning a technical … Continue reading
“Glory”-ous black & white
It may look “scratchy” now, but when the paint is over it the ink will give a nice texture to the coat. I guess the choice is either thousands of ink strokes or thousands of tiny brush strokes to get … Continue reading
Double equine commission in progress
My super understanding client ordered portraits of her two Appaloosas way back in August when I was in the middle of creating a swarm of lily pad paintings. I told her I couldn’t start until late September/early October and she … Continue reading
The “eyes” have it
OK enough with the puns already. I just love this piece! The watercolor in the eye and the ink on the rest of the image just reinforce one another and make my own eye bounce back and forth in a … Continue reading
Eye see you…
Here’s the horse’s eye I mentioned in my last post. It’s going well now after a somewhat dubious start–the photo my client sent me from Facebook wouldn’t open in Photoshop. Photoshop sent me some silly message to the effect that … Continue reading
East Lansing Adventures
I spent three days last week at my second appearance at the Michigan Horse Council’s Stallion Expo held each spring at Michigan State University in Michigan’s capital city. My booth is not getting any bigger, but it is getting fuller. … Continue reading
The ink to Aquabord™ habit
Another transition from monochrome to color. I’m liking this process. It’s kind of like a rehearsal before the real thing. Then, stand by for applause. Speaking of applause, as my technique has improved I’ve been selling a few of … Continue reading
Only a mom’s love…
Finished this one at a recent horse show. I just love these two and am glad I have so many photos of them from which to choose. The only real challenge here is adding an appropriate background when the original … Continue reading
Another in my series of spare time ink drawings, this one of a lovely Hanoverian mare and her daughter, Revelation, also known simply as Reva. There will be more to come from this very photogenic pair, as I have about … Continue reading