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pgetha
03-20-2001, 12:09 AM
Posting this at Roans request. I have never uploaded to this forum so I hope this works. You will probably see several Equine Art Guild members come on board as several of us got invitations. We posted the information on our own forum and it looks as though several members have come on board. Here is my first oil. I usually work in watercolor and finally broke down and purchased all the oil supplies.
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Roan
03-20-2001, 06:56 AM
Thank you, Patricia!

This is beautiful and I'm very happy you posted it here. Is it from a reference photo? An arab you know?

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<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Cuir a-mach an Sasannach, thoir a-staigh an c, 's tog an teine gu math . .. bidh oidhche fhuar ann a-nochd.</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">Put out the Englisman, bring in the dog, and stoke the fire well . . . it will be a cold night tonight.</FONT s>
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pgetha
03-20-2001, 10:58 AM
Hi Roan and thanks for your compliments. Its actually from a collection of different references which I changed quite a bit to suit the warm colors I wanted to use. Most of the portraits on my site are commissions and from horses that I know or have known. Quite a few of them have died. Thanks for the warm welcome. Pat Getha www.gethagraphics.com (http://www.gethagraphics.com)

Roan
03-20-2001, 11:20 AM
Pat,

Thanks for the reply! Was going through your web site again and I must have not realized that you mostly work in watercolor. Tough medium and your handling of it is way above par. I especially love the work on "Ahmed Fabah". Your depiction of a flea-bitten grey Arab is a treasure!

Heh, you should give the Watercolor forum a whirl. Very knowledgable people in there and I'm sure they would appreciate seeing some of your work.

Oh, I finally broke down and sent in my application to the Guild :P

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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">Cuir a-mach an Sasannach, thoir a-staigh an c, 's tog an teine gu math . .. bidh oidhche fhuar ann a-nochd.</FONT c>
-- <FONT size="1">Put out the Englisman, bring in the dog, and stoke the fire well . . . it will be a cold night tonight.</FONT s>
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pgetha
03-20-2001, 11:42 AM
Good for you! I think you will enjoy the people there. I posted the forum address if you want to sign up.

Ahmed was a very special animal I worked on an Arab farm in Illinois when I was a teen, long time ago, He was a youngster then and the senior stallion in their breeding program. After a lapse of over 20 years, I looked the Gardners up and met them at the 1999 Egyptian Event. Ahmend had just passed away. This event is what rekindled me into drawing horses again. Ahmed is the first portrait I did in watercolor and the first portrait since 1988. All the others I had done were graphite except for a few studies in watercolor. My art focus has always leaned to the Commercial kind. This is where I have always made my living. Now I am working at home, soaking up info and advice and making a run at the Equine Market. It is tough and takes a lot of time. I have three boys, 8 to 5 and another surprise baby on the way. One of these days, I'll be able to focus on the marketing issues a little better. The EAG has quite a few members who are older than I and I keep reminding myself that almost 40 isn't that old. Sorry I'm so chatty. I would take a stab at your critique but I don't know anything about that breed so I am afraid I wouldn't be much help. I think I would agree with you though, unless the horse is working, I see no need to flare the nostrils except if it is a stallion looking at a mare. After all, that is how most of those Arab stallions are stimulated to get those wonderful photos you see.
Pat

tammy
03-22-2001, 01:05 AM
Lovely animals!

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GC
03-22-2001, 01:12 AM
Very beautiful. As a horse woman, I can never get enough of these creature and had to go through a 12 jump program to tame my addiction to them.

Ginette

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Roan
03-22-2001, 06:07 AM
Originally posted by pgetha:
Good for you! I think you will enjoy the people there. I posted the forum address if you want to sign up.

Thanks, Pat :P

. . I have three boys, 8 to 5 and another surprise baby on the way. One of these days, I'll be able to focus on the marketing issues a little better. The EAG has quite a few members who are older than I and I keep reminding myself that almost 40 isn't that old.

I don't feel so old now :P I'm 40 and this baby is a wee bit of a surprise too :P

Nod on the marketing issues. I was considering pushing my work out there, but after talking to my hubby he made me realize that I'd best wait until both kids are in school before I start doing that. The time involved with marketing is almost greater than than time painting and I'm lean on painting time how it is. So, I'm just going to concentrate on perfecting my skills and working on my web site until then.

Sorry I'm so chatty.

Chatty suits this place to a "T" :P

I would take a stab at your critique but I don't know anything about that breed so I am afraid I wouldn't be much help. I think I would agree with you though, unless the horse is working, I see no need to flare the nostrils except if it is a stallion looking at a mare. After all, that is how most of those Arab stallions are stimulated to get those wonderful photos you see.

I did NOT know that! Now that you mention it, though, that does make sense. They have that "look" on their faces.

I think that when I do start marketing for the masses, I'll consider adding flared nostrils to most of my paintings. Depends on how badly I need to sell stuff. It's probably what most people want, but it irks me to do so unless it's called for in the situation.

Sorry to hear about Ahmed. I know it's to be expected, but no one likes to hear of a beloved animal having passed away.

I rode and took dressage at Travis Hall Arabians in Ontario for a summer back in 1981. Was quite a trip going from the usual Quarter Horse/Paint and western style to the Arab breed and pure collection! I just didn't have the inner thigh muscle developed for dressage. Boy, was I sore!

Also took a while to adjust to the Arabian temperment, too. Especially their foundation stud, whose name escapes me at the moment. I only rode him a few times, but he was quite the character and a wonderful all around animal. They showed him western quite a bit and he had more style and a nicer way of going than some of the better Quarter Horses.

They had this tiny mare there, totally epitomized the classic Egyptian Arab, and I fell in love with her. Found out she was for sale and asked the owners how much they wanted for her. I almost croaked when they said $35,000. ROFL! So much for THAT idea :P

Now who's being chatty? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

Hugs!




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<FONT face="Script MT Bold"><FONT COLOR="#AB4835"><FONT size="5">Roan</FONT s></FONT c></FONT f>
<FONT COLOR="#8A1010">"Bu shoilleir a dhreach, 's bu luath
Shiubhal: Sith-fada b'e ainm." --</FONT c>
<FONT size="1">"Shining his coat, and speedy
His pace -- Si-Fada his name."
Si-Fada = "long pace"</FONT s>
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animal
03-22-2001, 09:25 AM
This is very good for your first oil. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif I like the colours you have used. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

Wolfhound
03-22-2001, 03:38 PM
Oh I love this - Arabs are my favourite breed but are not too common where I live. I have a part arab mare on loan from the local stables but have never ridden a pure bred. super for a first try in a new medium. I'm really glad there are so many other horse painters here - is so good to see how others deal with this subject