View Full Version : An Old Guy up on Whitey

Jim Updegraff
06-18-2005, 09:47 PM
Whitey was a Grey Star Haven bred gelding, The breder had hoped for a black and white paint horse but just got a black horse with a broad blaze and a cast eye. I got him as a coming two year old and kept him for 15 years. He was a tall willing horse but was crippled by navicular disease and so went where old horses go. Again an imagined scene. Oil on canvas, 24' x 30'.


Valri Ary
06-22-2005, 01:05 AM
It sounds like this might have been an emotional painting for you. That's a long time to have a horse and then send him where all old horses go. Are you the guy on the horse? Just wondering.........
The bottom part of the painting looks like you need to finish up. I'm sure you know that. Also, the green in the background is a bit confusing. The sky is a bit out of character with the rest of the painting - it looks a bit van go-ish. I do like the over all look and feel of the painting, not being totally true to life and yet not so out there that's it's a cartoon. Looking for the right words and tonight, they elude me.
I'll be back to check on the progress.
Great start.

06-24-2005, 10:46 AM
Hi Jim - nice start - I'll look forward to seeing progress!


Anita Murphy
06-25-2005, 05:33 AM
Jim - do all your horses look so disgruntled? The horse looks ENORMOUS!!!!!!

Jim Updegraff
06-27-2005, 02:01 PM
A little more work on this thing. It is still a long way from done. The riderís left arm is giving me trouble, I havenít quite decided where it goes and what pose it should go in. Lots of landscape detail yet and modeling.

Yea, he was a good horse and it was a sad day when I had to put him down, but there just wasnít any choice. He was an honest 16 hands and had a studley look about him. The cast eye gave him a wild look, although some people said that with one brown eye and one blue eye there was a possibility that he was a half quart low....


Jim Updegraff
07-02-2005, 08:47 PM
Here is a little more work on this thing with a couple details. Perfect was right about the size of the horse. There wasnít any way to make the horse smaller, short of just scraping the thing back to bare canvas, so the size of the rider is increased. Now his head may be too big. Onward and upward.

Any help will be gratefully accepted.




Jim Updegraff
07-06-2005, 06:44 PM
A little more work on this thing. Some major alterations but still a long ways from done.