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03-29-2015, 01:53 AM
Acrylic on 9x12 canvas paper from ril photo

(sorry a bit blurry, got a glare when photographed up close, so backed up and it got a little blurry).

03-29-2015, 12:23 PM
Looks pretty good, from what I can see. I'm no expert on horses though.

03-31-2015, 10:54 PM
it's looking good, i can feel the early morning chill

03-31-2015, 11:04 PM
Thank you very much Michelle and DizzyD.

04-01-2015, 01:02 AM
good horse movement .

04-01-2015, 01:25 AM
The shape of the horse seems to work well. From a composition standpoint, the white post on the left seems to be coming out of the horse's mouth which looks off putting. Good work on the figure who does seem to be huddling from the cold.

04-01-2015, 02:48 AM
LOL Colin, good catch. I didn't even think about the post looking like it was coming from the horse's mouth. Thanks for the comments, both Jock and ColinS

04-01-2015, 07:38 AM
I like it. You might get a few purists or hair counters about the animal and hope not. It's Ok an portrays the atmosphere.

04-01-2015, 12:19 PM
Thanks Tripod. It may not satisfy some, and that's okay too. :) It's not perfect... my only desire is to get better with each 'next' painting. LOL I have been away from my love of drawing and painting for decades, it's just good to be back.

04-02-2015, 04:17 AM
I know the feeling Tami, away from it along time too, medical reasons.

I did a very careful oil painting of a dressage event as commission, working from lots of sketches and my own photos at the stables and training and posted it on here. The image was ringed with red lines and crosses on every joint/muscle of the animal saying it couldn't even stand. Some equine specialist in Wyomimng or somewhere made the crits.
The client loved it.
Keep at it, it's not bad at all.

04-02-2015, 09:55 AM
The person who needed to be in love with the painting was, and that's what counts, Tripod. Sometimes nitpicking can be just plain aggression. Critique is important for growth, and it is important as an artist to be able to take it and learn from it, but browbeating is never a good thing. Your equine specialist must have felt so good about himself, lol.

I know there are anatomical problems with the painting here (and my other one)... in this one, horsie has a bit of a snake neck, the inside rear leg tapers a bit too much and the canon is a little too long... oops, sue me. LOL Things I strive to work on to improve next time. I don't mind if people point out the problems with the painting. Sometimes there are things I just don't see as well. But I wanted you to know I don't think the work I do is perfect.

I have a LOT of work to do on my people. In this one I was pretty proud of how the rider turned out. In the other one I have on here--rack on--I messed up the rider a bit in proportion.

I really need to do more from pictures, but I am so used to drawing from my mind that it is hard to stop. It's how I have always worked in the past. In general I don't think its that bad of a thing. To me... art doesn't always have to be a perfect representation of the subject. If it portrays the feeling or emotion or scene, or even just the thought of the artist as in some abstracts, that's good too. However, since I'd love to do commissions down the road, I guess I'm going to HAVE to bite it and learn to work from photos. :) So I'm trying like with this one, but even here I changed things like the color of the horse, and little things in the background (although not that big ugly building in the foreground on the right... should have just gotten rid of that altogether, lol). I have to make myself simply work on replicating the images more.

04-02-2015, 10:07 AM
Look Tami you are on the right tack with this and I admire your painting from life but for accruracy, specially in this sort of subject it has to be accurate. If you don't attempt to get it right bu give your impression that's Ok as long it can be judged/seen that way. The rider is smack on for me and others in here.
I work from all media including my ancient head and brain.
I once had a bloke we call a rivet counter who went to town on a railway commission I completed.
For me, I am now painting in a completely different way since surgery and a stroke and it's not bad.