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 😉
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! 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
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.
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