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: painting progress
A familiar scenario
As has happened with pretty much any horse/harness combination I have ever painted, I have done–in this order–the easiest part (background), the most difficult part (harness), and left the most fun part (horses) for last. I got a little behind … Continue reading
Are we there yet? It’s getting kind of foggy…
I think we’re there, but not quite sure. This last version is still too fresh. Will have to let it sit a couple of days then see how I feel about it. Valor has deeper color now and Stonie has … Continue reading
Stonie starts to hide in the mist
Quick review–This is a fantasy painting in which Stonie, who died last spring, is now looking out for Roz’s new horse Valor. In order to make this happen, Roz and I decided that Stonie should be sort of a ghostlike … Continue reading
Valor and Stonie–or, developing a relationship
Initially for this pass I worked mostly on the background. As I went along it became apparent that I had better figure out what Valor was going to look like so that I could tone Stonie down accordingly. Did I … Continue reading
Valor goes to the gym
Had to do a little body sculpting on Valor! Roz decided his neck was too skinny–not “Saddlebred-y” enough–and I agreed with her. In his original photo I picked a moment in his canter stride when he was on the third … Continue reading
Getting a glow on
I am so pleased with how this painting is coming along. I wanted a warm glow of course, but I never know ahead of time if that’s something I’m actually going to achieve. For anyone interested in technique, I increasingly … Continue reading
Of course you don’t! My first post showing the pencil drawing seems like it happened in the last century. But the good news is that the easiest part (the background) and the hardest part (the harness) are done. And I … Continue reading
The only “iffy” aspect of this painting was having to remove his owner’s arm, which was holding the bridle. Which meant I had to make up part of his shoulder. I think it came out just fine, but it … Continue reading
Taking a little time out from the Belgian pair to work on this little Aquabord™ commission. This photo was taken in a similar setting as the one of Spur which I did last December. The photographer is also the same, … Continue reading
Have been hard at work on part 2 of the “Michigan Orange” series. Looks like I’m about 3/4 of the way to finished. Stand by…coming to an electronic device near you soon. In the meantime, will have work in the … Continue reading