Brooke O'Connell

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Crunch the pony on TV (and my painting too!)

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Hi!  I got some exciting news yesterday... my painting of Crunch had a brief cameo on Australian TV!  Crunch and his owner Hannah were part of a project called HighScrollers.  The project highlights some of the incredibly creative things happening on-line through the use of social media.  Take a look at this cool segment and keep an eye open for a snapshot of my little painting 😉

http://youtu.be/CRvl13Pa8HY

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

Love Horses?? Enter my Contest!!

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.photo Hi Folks!  I've decided to run a little contest for all those horse lovers out there.  The rules are simple…to enter you must:

a)  Follow my Instagram

b)  Post your photo(s)** to Instagram and use the hashtag #horsepaintingcontest

-each participant may enter up to 5 pictures-

c)  Tag me in the photo or write @brookeoconnell in the caption.

When I hit 200 followers on Instagram I will randomly choose a lucky winner.

The prize will be a beautiful 8"x 10" custom horse portrait based on the winning photo.  Shipping will be included.

Spread the word, tell your friends and family, this would be a great gift for anyone who loves horses!

** Please ensure the photograph belongs to you.  I do not want to infringe on anyone's copyrights.

Good Luck!

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