Brooke O'Connell

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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

Artist Interview: Passions, Inpirations, Process

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Hi!  There have been some exciting things happening around here lately... one of which is that last weekend I was interviewed to be part of a video project called Burlington 52.  Each week the project highlights and shares some of the amazing things happening here in Burlington Ontario. My video is about how I got into the arts, my painting process, and my love of horses.

http://youtu.be/nbHUble_kck

http://www.burlington52.com

Here's a cool behind the scenes pic from the shoot:

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Thanks to Marc from Burlington 52 for including me in this great project.  Be sure to check out burlington52.com to see the first 7 videos, and keep checking in to see what comes up next!

Cheers, 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

Art Card Giveaway!

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image Horse Card Giveaway!  Win a set of 4 art cards.  The image is a print of my "Horse and Daisey" painting.  Cards are blank inside and come with envelopes.

To enter:

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!

Weekend Painting

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Hi!  Here's a little 5"x5" painting I did this weekend.  It was kind of fun to work on something so small and to zone in on this horse's nose.  If you're a horse person you probably already appreciate your horse's nose... I felt it worthy of a little painting :). Have a great week and enjoy the weather!  B image

Horse Painting Update

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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