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post #171 of 234 Old 12-16-2012, 02:30 PM
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That is a lovely portrait. I love the choice of red for the background, and the prominence of the name "Clover".
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post #172 of 234 Old 12-23-2012, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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Now that I am finished with Christmas orders, I thought I'd try out my watercolor paints this afternoon. I am not very happy with how the mane come out, but I quite like the horse's face. I wish the scanner had picked up the subtle blue tones in the muzzel and around the eye, but oh well. There are things I like about watercolors and things I don't like about them, but I guess as with any new medium, practice makes perfect.
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That is fantastic! You should be happy with how the face came out! It looks great and has such small details, what size was this on?


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post #174 of 234 Old 12-23-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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This was on 8 x 10 inch paper. I am half wanting to take some colored pencils and maybe acrylic paint to this painting as well, but we'll see. I've always wanted to try a mixed media portrait, but have been too chicken.
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post #175 of 234 Old 12-23-2012, 10:03 PM
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They always look spectacular. (Mixed media) I would be in the same boat as you though. It looks great now, what if you do something that makes it look not great. I'm sure you'll be able to pull it off though. ;)

I am fond of the watercolor and ink that I've seen. I've also seen some good acrylic and watercolor pieces.


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post #176 of 234 Old 12-30-2012, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Here is my latest project. With Christmas commissions out of the way, it's time to do a little artwork for myself. Several years ago, I did a large 18 x 24" colored pencil drawing of my 3 former horses, Mr. O'Malley, Roxana and Tailor. It's been sitting in a cheap poster frame since stacked against the wall with a few other pieces I have yet to frame/hang. I have gotten so much bolder with my colored pencil drawings this past year and have been itching to go back to this drawing and give it more depth. The first picture of the drawing at the time I did it several years ago isn't great and you can see the flash where the horse at the bottom got washed out, but it's going to be fun to watch this drawing evolve. When it's finished I am going to find a nice frame for it and find somewhere in the house to hang it. Here is the start of Mr. O'Malley. I'll post my progress as I finish each horse.
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Finished Mr. O'Malley. He was the most recent horse I owned. He is an OTTB and I was retraining him to be a jumper, but I just couldn't afford to keep him anymore. I literally "gave" him to a friend because at the time I couldn't even sell him when the economy was so bad. He didn't go on to be a jumper, but now lives on a 100 acre farm and his new owner uses him for trail riding which he loves. I think I am more devastated he didn't go on to be a jumper than he is...lol.

Now on to the Chestnut Roxana.
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That looks fabulous!
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post #179 of 234 Old 12-30-2012, 08:37 PM
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your control of the color is marvelous.
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post #180 of 234 Old 01-06-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Here is the second horse in the large colored pencil drawing I am reworking after several years. This was my mare Roxana, a Czech Warmblood. She was a firey thing. I always wanted to show her under the name "Red Headed ****", but never had the balls to do it...lol. I think I may have gone a bit too far with the red, but she was such a bright chestnut.
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