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Old 04-25-2012, 08:43 PM
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Cinco Caballos

The background on this one has driven me crazy. It might change yet.
In fact, now that I look at it, I know it's gonna change. Nice thing about working on good oil primed surfaces is you can remove alot of paint, and almost get back to your starting point. I think I've scraped at least a half tube of paint offa this one! Photo is a little blurry and doesn't show some of the paint application.
At least, that's my story and yada yada yada.....

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Old 04-25-2012, 08:56 PM
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I am lovin' this! Such a natural pose for a group of horses during "fly season" Excellent!

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Re: Cinco Caballos

The background looks fine to me. It really pops the horses out. The thing that bothers me the most is the bottom of the tree line seems to be at the same level of the horses back and is very even all the way across. I would just drop the tree line down at the two sides. Might be worth a try before you scrape away. This painting reminds me of the last supper. Did horses do that? Nice work.
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Re: Cinco Caballos

I really like this! The colors are a little subdued, but I like that about this one. The horses are so at ease and calm. Beautiful!
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:21 PM
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It looks great from here. What size is it Deb? Love how the sun just seems to glean on their coats.

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Hot, dry, and dusty, plus horses. Love it!
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Nice one, Deb! I like the left-to-right slope which brings some uniqueness. The horses look totally believable. I don't know how you keep cranking these things out!
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Re: Cinco Caballos

Deb, I never thought I'd ever disagree with you on anything but in this case I do. I really like the background. It leaves no doubt in my mind that is a cold northern New Mexico morning. I have two small crits, the first one being the line at the flank of the second horse from the viewer's left (the roanie looking one) to my eye is a bit too severe...easy fix, for you anyway. Also,the center horse's face seems awfully long, maybe shorten it to be more comperable with the others?
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Re: Cinco Caballos

I wonder if the tree line is creating a barrier from top of painting and lower part of paintig. A little more refinement on this background is all this needs. Maybe connecting darks to edge of picture with a shadow or another horse. Its still wonderful as it is.
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What a wonderful painting. It amazes me how well you paint.
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Re: Cinco Caballos

Deb, I really like the background. The only thing I see is the fence line lines up with the tops of all of the horses. If it was a bit lower it might look better. I see what Jim is saying but other than that the horses are top notch.
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Re: Cinco Caballos

Thanks all- I've been gone all day and then our power was out due to wicked high winds.
Sean thanks. I saw another group today that woulda been. Great but no camera!
Eric- seems a good suggestion
Jenna thanks- that was the idea
Cath- gleaming R us :-)
Cyntada- iPod spellcheck keeps trying to change you to "vintage"
Lisa since you know horses I will take that as a compliment
Jim. Yep- see it. A horse walks into a bar. The bartender hands him a drink and says "why the long face?"
Ron- but if I add another horse I'll have to change the title!
Thanks Lola
Jim- seems some adjustment is in order- we are leaving fir the weekend but I will tackle the changes when we get back thanks.
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