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post #1 of 10 Old 11-08-2013, 01:51 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Impressionist Oil Painting

Critique away and hats off to the person who knows who the horse in the painting is.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-08-2013, 02:00 PM
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Isn't that Secretariat?
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You're right -- hats off! How did you know?
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Pretty obviously Secretariat. Anyone who knows about him is aware those were the colors of his racing silks.

Other than that, I don't believe that's impressionism. Impressionistic works have obvious brush strokes, and that painting is flat with no texture to it at all. Looks like acrylic paint too, not oil.
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The racing silks, mainly. Very distinctive, especially combined with the number 3 and a chestnut with the three short white socks.
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and , your avatar name would not be any kind of hint, would it?
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The biggest thing I see is the fact that there is no bit and the bridle is put together incorrectly. Also, his eye should be focused forward where he is heading, he looks like he is smug and looking down, I find the eye often makes or breaks a horse painting. Galloping especially would have hime looking into the future ahead of him with great intent, but really the way a horse looks in a photo or picture often means a great deal. Also makes sure hoof angles aren't being made too clubby, and too short. It looks like foal feet on an adult horse.

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Hahaha Dehda wow I just realized that I totally forgot to paint the bit. As for the eye, yeah could have tried harder, but it was really hard to paint in that much detail. Mostly it's the eyelash that makes him appear to be looking down. Thanks for the critique!

Tinyliny: nope. ;)

Speed Racer: As I'm the painter, pretty sure I bought oils and not acrylic. ;) As for the impressionism, the colt is not painted in the impressionist style, but the background is. That's because this is the first oil painting I ever did and I changed my mind halfway through! If you check out Degas' horse paintings, I based the background off of one of his.

Anyway, thanks everyone for the replies. Overall, I'm happy with this because it's my first painting ever and it took me over a year to finish (mostly due to laziness).
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it is much easier to critique a painting than to do one.

However, it takes many, many paintings to become good. So, hopefully , you will be excited enough about this one to go on and do some more!

Parts of it are very good. The hind end, and parts of the Jockey are well excecuted. The thing that strikes me is that the horse's bone structure is a bit "mushy". I mean, the joints do not have the 'heft' that they should, and the leg that is bearing all the weight, (his back left) should have a fetlock that is quite flexed to show how the weight sinks down through this joint. People often make the knees and hocks of a hrose much too smooth and elegant, and as such, not believeable.
The color choices for your background are intrigueing, the blue and gold.
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Actually, the brush strokes aren't the key, but it's the word itself that identifies Impressionism . Your horse is a form of realism in that it depicts the actual horse as accurately as possible. The impressionistic version would be much looser in feel and would suggest details rather than seeking exact details. Impressionism has almost a dreamlike quality that begs interpretation .

Having said all that, I think you did a nice job ! My only advice is to work on your shadows a bit. Just think of a sun source/direction and that should help.

Well done and keep painting !!!!
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