Sunday, April 19, 2009

Day 19: The View From Here

So today's painting is another one that had me laughing much of the time I was working on it. I was looking through a friend's photos on Flickr the other day and came across this one. I'd obviously seen it before, as I'd commented on it! I emailed her and asked if I could paint it. She kindly said yes (though there was some bribery involved) so here's the result! This is Bear, a big, good-looking Thoroughbred gelding who was a decent event horse in his day. I met him when I visited my friend in New Jersey last September, and he is a very handsome boy!

This is 5 x 7 oil on masonite. I did deviate from the limited palette to get the greens, using some Terra Verte straight out of the tube as my starting point, and there's some Naples Yellow in this too, in addition to the usual colours.

Part of why I was laughing as I painted this was that it could very well be my own Monster, with that silly expression. Have I painted a Monster painting yet this month? I don't think I have. Well, I'd better do something about that! Almost two-thirds of the way through!

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Karen McLain said...

Great composition Linda! I love it!

Linda Shantz said...

Well in this case I do have to give credit for the composition to my friend, the photographer, Sheri Keith!

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

That's've got a wormer syringe behind your back, you can't kid me LOL