Updated – Work-In-Progress: Horse & Hounds

See the humble beginnings of this painting below!

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It’s been just over a week since I began this painting on 48″ x 60″ canvas. It’s a third of the way complete. Or thereabouts. Here’s a peek at it’s simple beginnings:

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I based the horse on the previous painting of Ralphie and now I’m expanding the idea to include an English countryside and variety of dog breeds. Progress has been slower than usual because I want to get the forms as spot on as possible. I painted the horse eyes around seven times! Something about them was off and I couldn’t put my finger on it. She just looked… surprised. Take a look at the before and after:

Before

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After

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By lowering the eye lids, darkening the color and shrinking the pupil, the eyes have a more relaxed, natural look. I always paint until I like it. Whether that means re-painting something two times or twenty.

Looking forward to sharing with you the complete painting!

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