Brooke O'Connell

equine artist

Summer Horse Painting Series

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Hi everyone!  Summer has officially begun and to celebrate I've started a fun little series of mini 6"x6" horse paintings.  I'm looking for horse photos to work from... so if you have any you should submit them! I will be choosing about 10 photos from all the entries.  People who have submitted the chosen photos will have the first opportunity to purchase the paintings in my shop for 30$.

If you head over to my Instagram account you can find out how to enter.

www.instagram.com/brookeoconnell

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Here is my first #brookesminis that I started today.

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I hope you enter!  Have a great week, Brooke

Magical Moments of a Horse Painter

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Hi! I thought I'd share some pics of the step by step process of my latest painting. I came across an image of a horse being bathed that immediately pulled at my heart strings.  It made me miss those little moments with my own horse that are part of the everyday, but that are so special. I knew immediately upon seeing the image that I wanted to paint it.  I also knew that attempting to paint water being sprayed would be quite the challenge.

The photo I referenced belongs to @cantering_hooves.  If you are on Instagram I suggest you look her up, she is a talented photographer who takes beautiful pictures!  I really appreciate that she allowed me to work from her photograph.

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All in all, I am really happy with the result.  There's something about this moment and this horse that makes me want to reach up and pet him.  There's also something about it that I find a little magical... and that's a pretty great feeling!

Thanks for checking in, B

Travelling pony... from Canada to Australia!

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Hi!  I recently completed a painting of an amazing little pony.  His name is Crunch and he belongs to @1itscrunchtime1 on Instagram.  If you're interested in all things equine, you should definitely take a look at this account.  Crunch and his buddy Lippy are both extremely well trained ponies.  They both pull a little cart, and are incredible little jumpers.  It's a great Instagram account! In case you missed the picture of Crunch on my easel, here he is:

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My little Crunch painting is now ready for his long voyage.  In the next day or two he'll be travelling across a couple oceans to arrive in Australia.  This will be the first time one of my paintings finds a home in Australia.  I must say it's pretty exciting and really makes me appreciate the wonders of the internet and social media.  I never would have imagined that one of my paintings would makes it's way to such a far corner of the world.  It's pretty cool!  Hope you have a great weekend. B

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Inside the Artist Studio

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Here's a sneak peek into my art studio.  Keeping it organized and tidy can sometimes be a challenge.  I don't know how or when it happened, but somehow I have a ton of stuff: art supplies, materials, paintings, books, etc.  My studio isn't a big space, but I am so happy and thankful to have it.  A studio space is something every artist or creative person hopes for... a magical place where you can just open up and get lost in time. Here's my studio looking tip top: organized, tidy, and clean.  I also use my studio to meditate and do yoga... so if I'm slacking in the tidying/cleaning department - my head space isn't at it's best.

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Here it is today:

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I'm reorganizing some of my work, and showing some paintings, which means I've got stacks of paintings leaning against furniture and any available wall space.

I've got this little painting on the go, so I'm off to make a little room to get back to it.

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If you're an artist and have a work space, please share your Instagram, Facebook, or website with me ~I'd love to see how you work! B

Horse Painting Contest Winner

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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:

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And here is my finished painting:

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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

Saturday on the Artist Agenda

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Hello and happy Saturday!  Here's what's on my agenda today: image

I am pretty excited to have the whole day to myself.  I began the morning with a photoshoot of some new prints.  I just picked them up from the print shop last night and they look fantastic!

Next up on the agenda was tea.  Although I have always loved tea, this past spring I gave up coffee.  Let's just say it's been a bit of an adjustment -especially when your full time job is hanging out with 13 year olds all day :) .  Anyways, I have some fabulous green tea ready to go.

A little update to my blog, and all I have to do after that is pop my ipod into the dock and head into the studio.  I have a good chunk of time this afternoon, so I am really looking forward to submerging myself into my painting.

I hope you have some time for yourself today to do what you enjoy.  Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for checking in. If anyone else has recently given up coffee, let me know how you're doing!  B