Hi! A couple months ago I held a contest on my Instagram account. The prize was a custom painting based on a winner's horse photography. Since I joined Instagram I have been amazed at what a cool community it is, and at how many awesome photographers there are out there. It's been a great way for me to connect with fellow horse enthusiasts and artists. I was really pleased about the number of entries that were submitted to my contest. One picture caught my eye right away. The photo belongs to Sophie Johnson a.k.a. @billiefilly, a young photographer who has a great eye and amazing skills. Here is her photo:
And here is my finished painting:
I am just about to ship out Sophie's painting and I hope she loves it! I have decided to hold another custom horse portrait contest... so if you are a horse lover, be sure to check out my Instagram account and submit photos. Have a great week! B
1) follow me on Instagram
2) repost this image to your Instagram account
3) tag one of your images with #horsecardgiveaway
The lucky winner will be chosen when I hit 600 followers. Good luck!
Hi! Over the summer I created a painting that is slightly out of my realm. Yes, horses and the occasional cow can be found in my work...but pigs, chicken, and geese aren't. I created this painting as a bit of a challenge. I loved the idea of creating some sort of family portrait of barn animals. Below are a few images of the step by step.
Here is one of my first sketches:
After sketching a couple different compositions and playing with the placement of my animals, I decided I was ready to start. I transferred my ideas onto a larger canvas and started painting one animal at a time. I added a blue wash in the background just to start playing with colour.
Bit by bit it started coming together and I eventually got to the point of adding details and highlights. One of the hardest parts about this painting was creating a nice blue for the background. For some reason I tend to always leave the backgrounds for the end. Normally it isn't to hard to paint it in, but because of the amount of creatures that I had to paint around- it became a little tricky. It was also tricky trying to get a nice smooth and even finish.
Anyways, I hope you like the "Family Portrait" I created :)
For all you painters out there -here's a question: do you paint your backgrounds in at the beginning or at the end? I'd love to hear! B
Hi! I haven't posted in a while but here's an update: As mentioned in my previous blog post, after 10+ years of being out of the saddle... I was thinking of getting back into riding. Last fall I booked some lessons and it's been amazing. It's been great to reconnect with "barn life" and be so close to horses again. The simple things like leading a horse, brushing, and tacking up, really put me right back into that world.
I was very excited (and a bit anxious) for my first lesson. I expected to just do a bit of trotting and cantering, but I was really happy when my trainer said I should jump a few verticals. It was sooo fun!
I must say it's been an incredible experience to reconnect with a passion in this way. If there's something in your life that you've been thinking of getting back into -do it! You won't regret it.
In my last post I had a step by step of one of my paintings. I thought it would be good to post the finished work. I hope you are having a great summer. B
Hi! Here is an update on one of my latest paintings. I met this horse a few years ago while traveling in Ireland. I took quite a few reference shots of him because he was amazing and I knew that someday I would paint him. I am currently in the process of creating layers of washes for the background.
The painting is still wet so please excuse the glare. The canvas is 36" (h) x 30" (w). In the next few days I will adding layers of paint and building up certain areas. I will post more pictures as I go.
In other news, after 10+ years of not riding- I have decided to get back in the saddle. As I mentioned in my last post, I was once a full-time rider but distanced myself from the sport after selling my horse.
I am really looking forward to reconnecting with this passion and making new four-legged friends.
I hope you are having a good weekend. B