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02-05-2001, 10:04 PM
I did this one last fall. I am new to watercolor but not to art. Doing the animal subjects comes pretty easily for me but backgrounds and surrounding environment is a challenge for me. Please critique if you wish
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Not sure, that an Arab? He's got Arab-type ears but he has a little bit of a Fresian look to him.
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02-06-2001, 05:49 AM
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Thanks on the tender painting. Tender is/was a Morgan. He was 25 yrs old when I took the reference photos. He was located on a route I drive frequently. So handsome lots of people stopped to feed him carrots regularly. His owner was there the day I stopped so I know his name and a little about him. He was a show horse -- driving classes mostly -- she said he is retired from all service these days. I told her I might do some artwork from the photos and would contact her if I did. I took her number and name and promptly lost them!! That was a few years ago.
The last year or so, Tender is not in the paddock where I used to see him. I have a feeling he has moved on to greener pastures. I would like to look up the person who owned him and give her that painting. I have several other paintings in mind from all the ref photos I took of him.
P.S. I went to your site and read your bio. I grew up on horseback too! Miss them lots but am content to photograph and paint them for now. Time doesnt permit for ownership right now.
02-08-2001, 09:31 PM
You didn't ask but I think you did fine on the background except that the bucket doesn't look as if it's connected to the ground very well.
I love the horse. Of course, I'm another horse lover too.
Don't worry, its gonna be all right....
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02-09-2001, 03:49 AM
You cant see it well because of the scan I guess, but the bucket is hanging on the fence. You are not the first to suggest something different with the bucket though. Someone else thought the horse should overlap it, pushing it more into the background. So I would think there is something in that area that could stand some help. I would consider that for next time.
02-09-2001, 07:31 PM
Hi Barb..I like this a lot...however I find too many things in this composition are leaning to the right.....sems to be falling over a bit to me. You need something to counter that tendency I think. Maybe if the trees were leaning a bit to the left...prevailing winds you know...often like that in nature.
Perhaps the shadow of the bucket on the fence might help place it better too.
I wish I had more contact with horses....beautiful animals..I want to paint one soon.
02-11-2001, 03:52 AM
I think I need to work on my architectural drawing skills! This leaning thing is following me. Actually, in this painting it was even worse (the real barn DOES lean and the perspective was a little wierd) and someone pointed it out and I did correct it by a lot.
You need horse contact? Come on down! We have lots of horses down in this area. Horse races in Saratoga in the summers. Up in Lake Placid (still a ways from you) there are lots of horse events also. Maybe your daughter would like to take riding lessons? Find a place for that and you will be in the loop for horses!
02-11-2001, 08:21 AM
Thanks for the invite and the info Barb....if a guy drives up in a van with a sketchbook and 2 cameras hanging off him, well...that would be me..lol
But if you have an great closeups of horses in action..or a favorite of yours, I would love to do a graphite of it. I used to do acrylic paintings of horses but I sold them all and never thought to photograph any of them http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif
Time to start again I think.....talk to you soon.
02-11-2001, 02:43 PM
I will keep you in mind as i go out shooting reference photos. I will also look through some of my horse photos. Dont think I have too many really good closeup action ones. Good closeup still ones but I will keep an eye out for opportunity
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