Thank you all so much for the confidence boost. I really wanted to put together something that someone else would actually want on the wall. Robert is so awesome--I kind of want to do another of him, a profile.
Ceci, I remember your comment in my graphite post about your mom telling you to find a cowboy in the Midwest--that was great!! Believe it or not the "cool" kids when I was young all shunned the cowboys, of which there were very few despite where I live. One could be a farmer, but not a cowboy. What fools!! They're romanticized worldwide and for good reason.
I was reading about the French/Spanish Gardians in a book I picked up just today. A fine bunch they are as well.
Okay back to the painting....I think I need to reduce the white in his lower lip, and then wait to see what the owner thinks.
Beautufulbay--I hope you'll paint your horse and post it for us to enjoy.
Thanks again to all for the kind reviews. It keeps me going.