Friday, January 14, 2011

Dark Bay Thoroughbred

I love horses, and painting them. I find people more difficult, and it is my plan to focus on figures and faces. This took me ages to do, and I must have wiped the girl off the canvas half a dozen times before I was happy with her. Since attending the Karin Jurick workshop in November, I have been working on the lovely smooth surface of Ampersand Gessoboard, and transitioning back to canvas was tricky. I got used to it again after a while, but it is very different to work on in comparison to the gessoboard. There is a give to it, and it grabs the paint in a different way, and I had to use bristle brushes instead of softer brushes. It was  definitely slower.
This is from the Royal Winter Fair 2010 in Toronto.

 8x8" oil on canvas
$95 + s&h

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing this painting, or if you would like to commission a pet portrait.


GoLightly said...
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GoLightly said...

Try that again, with correct spelling..
Beautiful, Cath!

Handsome beast, up on his toes for the show!

carol morgan carmichael said...

This is great Cathy. I love the softness of the piece. The highlights on the horse are terrific. Beautiful piece.
Think I still prefer canvas to panels. I like a little grab. Both are fun to experiment with.

Kathy Cousart said...

This is beautiful. You did a wonderful job on the girl- love her top. The horse is gorgeous- your love for animals shines through! Love the whole painting.
I have been going back and forth with panels and canvas too- maybe that is my problem? My favorite is my own gessoed boards- they have just the right amount of teeth to them.
Take care!

Gail Hatheway said...

Cathy: I love your paintings. I receive your postings and love to get them. You have a wonderful talent. Especially for seeing the warmth in animals.

Gail Hatheway

AutumnLeaves said...

Gorgeous girl rider and beautiful horse. Nice job on the musculature too.

Carol DeMumbrum said...

I really like this painting. I think you did a great job with the whole thing. Little faces are really hard, I scraped one I was working on yesterday a bunch of times. Decided to put it aside and go back to it.

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