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05-05-2001, 10:37 PM
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This is my 4th oil painting of horses (my passion) and I think the best so far. So hopefully I'm progressing http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif. Terrible photo, I went everywhere except the roof trying to get a good picture. (I guess the dark brown is difficult to photo.) Nearly gave up on this one with the colors--had a orange and brown horse for awhile http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif. Colors ok? BTW, do I paint out the little flowers or keep them? (12x16) Thanks!--Shirl

05-05-2001, 10:47 PM
WOW Shirl!!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif This is beautiful. The colors look just fine to me. I wonder, though, if the ears are a bit small? Minor detail, but regardless, this is outstanding. And keep the flowers, don't touch 'em.

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05-05-2001, 10:47 PM
No orange and brown, looks like a horse in the sun to me!

I'd keep the flowers, but then again I could not paint like this so don't listen to me hehe..

Cya -

05-05-2001, 11:04 PM
What a very proud stance. Excellent work http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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05-06-2001, 12:50 AM
The flowers absolutely serve a purpose. They give depth and they do it very nicely with the little blur. I even think a hint of some more vegitation of some sort (in the dark below and/or beyond the flowers perhaps) mightn't hurt. The horse is brilliant. EricO

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05-06-2001, 01:11 AM
Nice work.

"put some colour in my world!""

05-06-2001, 01:51 AM
I think the colur of the horse is spot on, also the flowers in the background are lovely and DO depict depth in your painting.I would think you could even add more as mentioned earlier, maybe just a few just under where you have them now, but in the shadows, so they would be alot darker than those already existing.This would create more depth in the background but wouldn't take anything away from the main subject.

05-06-2001, 10:44 AM
Thanks all for your comments! I'll keep the flowers and as you've suggested, maybe add something more.


05-06-2001, 11:08 AM
SHIRL!!! This is fantastic!!!! WOW!!!! You go girl!!! Yes, keep the flowers, they're just right out of focus and add depth into the painting. Great colors, btw!

I'm still waiting for all my pics of my mare.! My daughter has most of them.. I'll send as soon as I can though. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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05-06-2001, 01:17 PM
Thanks Sandi, I really enjoyed doing this one. I had it in my mind to paint this type of pose for awhile but wanted to learn more first. Got my courage up. The flowers were a last minute idea, the dogwood tree outside my window was blooming. Never painted a flower in my life. Yes, been waiting for that pic!! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

Dave, that's not a bad idea, in fact I thought I might try a gray horse, same type pose.

05-06-2001, 01:30 PM
This is EXCELLENT! I especially like the colours you have used and how you did his eye. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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05-06-2001, 05:28 PM
Great job Shirl. Excellent color work.

I don't know why you didn't pick a difficult perspective http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif.

Since you worked from a photo, it would be interesting to take the picture to the horse and compare perspectives.

You are gonna just get better and better keep it up.


05-06-2001, 05:38 PM
I like your horse also, nice job http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

05-06-2001, 08:48 PM
Thanks Animal, Bud and Martin! Animal, you should have seen my first two colors--yuk, glad I could somehow fix them. Bud, yep, this is a difficult shot for sure, but I love the flared nostril look (huh, Roan). Thanks Martin, for your comments....


Dave Carter
05-07-2001, 12:19 AM
Good job! Now put this away and do it again from memory...hehehe!

David Acres
05-07-2001, 02:31 AM
Much kudos to you! Well done! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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05-07-2001, 11:16 AM
Thanks David, very much appreciated.


05-07-2001, 11:22 AM
leave in, or it will become an illustration - it is worth more as a painting.

05-07-2001, 03:27 PM
BEE-YOO-TI-FUL! I'd leave the flowers and don't add another thing. It's perfect as is.


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05-07-2001, 04:38 PM
This is terrific! You are really getting the feel for oils, aren't you? I'm proud of you!!


05-07-2001, 08:03 PM
You seem to have captured his essence.

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05-08-2001, 12:53 AM
Thanks guys for your comments. I'm certainly going to leave the blury flowers in. Probably couldn't match the background anyway.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


06-04-2001, 08:29 PM
Someone Once Said Horses Are One Of The Hardest Things To Paint.Let Me Think Who Said That. Hummmmmmmmmm OH I DID.And I Know When You Titled This (best so far)You Must Have Been Talking About All The Horses Iv'e Ever Seen Paintings Of. Ive Only Seen Two Other Artist (Both Full Time Noted Artist) Who Could Paint Horses This Well. And One You Would Deffantly Give Him A Run For His Money And The Other Would Be So Close You Would Have To Toss A Coin. Excellant Excellant Work. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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06-04-2001, 10:29 PM
nice positioning
and nice use of background shape

Kara Weber
06-14-2001, 07:07 PM
I love this painting! Excellent...so life-like. The one and only thing I would like to see is a bit more white reflecting off of the horses back, to make it more like the reflection off of the head. Other than that, don't change a thing! BRAVO!

06-14-2001, 07:20 PM
This is REALLY nit-picky, but that white blaze bothers me a little. It seems to make his nose-bone look crooked where it's narrowest in the middle, where there's a darker brown next to it. Also there's no variation in the value of the white where it turns down the end of the nose into shadow. It might be just the scan or my monitor, but the white part looks too flat and too pure white to be a part of the head.

I know nothing about horses so I may be all wet. Just trying to be helpful. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif



06-14-2001, 07:43 PM
fantastic...a keeper...including the flowerers which are perfectly out of focus.


Kara Weber
06-14-2001, 07:47 PM
EXCELLENT! This is so close to looking like an actual photo, and yet the painted quality is exquisite! The only, and I repeat ONLY thing I would like to see is a bit more of a reflection off of the horse's back, to make it equal to the head. BRAVO! Text

06-14-2001, 08:35 PM
WOW! It is just gorgeous !Full of grace and pride.


06-14-2001, 08:56 PM
Goodness, didn't know this was here, it's on its third trip! Thank you for your comments!!!

Danny: Thank you. Yes, horses are VERY difficult. It seems every error shows up, agree?

Ruth: White blazes don't always go down straight http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif. And yes, the photo did not even show the pink on the nose or the gray I put in around the blaze. Great catch for someone who says they don't know horses!!

Kara, Julia, Dornberg, Ginia--Very many thanks for your comments, and suggestions well taken!


06-16-2001, 09:11 PM
I love the horse and would also vote to keeo the flowers.