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Arabian Mares Oil Painting WIP
Hi Everyone! I am a long-time lurker of horseforum.com and have decided that it might be fun if I post my latest painting on here as a work-in-progress, hopefully to keep me motivated and painting a little bit quicker than usual. I am a definite believer in the phrase: "You can't rush art", but I think I could speed things up a little bit at least ;) I plan on posting updates every few days to show my progress!
This painting has been commissioned by a Sheik in Qatar and it is to be kind of a Bedouin tent/campsite scene of two Arabian mares, a grey and a bay, standing in front of tent with some hunting falcons and maybe a Saluki dog in the background. The canvas size is 18x24" and will be painted in oils.
Constructive criticism is welcome! I have noticed that there are a large number of people here that have excellent eyes for horses/conformation etc. ...and look forward to helpful input from y'all :)
First off...a few of my past paintings:
"Desert Beauty" 18x24" oil --I just completed this one last week:)
"Mare and Foal" 18x24" oil
"Sense" 12x24" oil
"Vision" 9x14" scratch-board
"Waco" 16x20 oil --portrait that I did a couple years ago of a friend's horse that passed away.
These are beautiful!
...And here is the sketch so far. I'm the kind of artist that has to have everything laid out in detail before I begin painting...so I like to spend a lot of time perfecting my sketch. So far, I think I've spent about 6-8 hours on this sketch, revising layouts, correcting conformation, etc. I'm still not 100% happy with it so I plan on doing a bit of re-work today. Once I AM happy with it, I'll send it to the Sheik for his approval, then I'll begin painting :)
I don't know what to say... These are beautiful, I only dream of being able to be that good.
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Well, to me the eyes and nostrils and dishing is rather extreme in all of them. It makes it look a little like a characature. The one of the barrel horse is a very nice montage.
Id have to say I agree with TinyLiny. Unless they are meant to be that way...
But altogether the detail is nice and I really like them!
Thank you all for your comments!
PintoTess and tinyliny - I am totally with you on the faces thing. And I agree that these are slightly caricatured. For me, although I prefer to depict the dishy-faced Arabian type as opposed to the plainer type, it is also my goal to have my artwork to be as realistic as possible. And it is ever a learning process for me! The one downside is that most of my art clients are from the middle east and over there they love to see the Arabian essence 'to the extreme'. So I am often compelled to extreme the Arab type more than I would like, in order to make my clients happy.
However (and I hope I won't be I tarred and feathered for this) I do LOVE to see an Arab with a dishy extreme face! To me that, and the snort and blow, tail and fire IS an Arabian...without that, for me at least, an Arabian is 'just another horse'...
Again, thank you all for your input! Keep it coming :) I'll have updates up soon.
Okay! I've made a few small adjustments to the sketch and have sent a copy to the Sheik. Now just have to wait and see if he likes it :)
Beautiful work, by the way! I love the barrel horse montage and the background on that first one :wink:
In the sketch, their necks look a bit off to me. Maybe too narrow? I'm not real sure what it is, but they just look a little off.
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