Monday, January 21, 2013

Study of Chief #1

Study of Chief #1
19 of 30
Oil 6" x 8"

 I've been posting steps of my recent commission of Chief.  Before I even began this painting I did several studies of him.  It helped me get to know the horse, his color, proportions, plan the background, etc.  It also helped me work out the composition.  The buyer originally had a different idea than what I'm now painting in mind.  She sent me lots of photos and I worked from those, cutting and pasting.  When I came up with the composition of the large piece that I'm now working on, I emailed that to her and suggested that for the painting.  She agreed.  Sometimes you know when a painting's going to work.  The next time I have a commission I'll suggest in advance that I'd like some artistic freedom.  I hope I have as great a client as I now have!

I'm happy with this study and happy how the painting itself is turning out.  I've decided to be like the hosts on HGTV shows who send their clients out the door for the last part while they put together the rooms.  I'm not going to show the next steps until the whole painting is done.

And, while I've been participating in the 30 in 30 challenge, I gave myself Sunday as a day of rest.


hmuxo said...


Theresa Paden said...

Beautiful work!

Celeste Bergin said...

great study...this is why the other painting is so good.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Have to agree with Celeste.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you all! I've loved painting this horse. I don't often paint horses, but, the opportunity presented itself and away I went. I have been gridding which I don't do with my normal routine. Maybe in the future I can draw horses a bit more freely!

Ralph said...

Amazing work I just know that this is not an easy subject.