Saturday, January 28, 2012

Foals first snuggle

Last year I saw a great photograph in the Pacific and Prairie Horse Journal equine photo contest of a young girls snuggling a foal. When I looked closer, I recognized the girl as one of my fellow BC Competitive Trail Riders' - Katie. The photo won first place in the competition, and rightly so, as it captured the moments we all want to keep in our memories forever.

The next time I saw Katie and her mom, I mentioned that someday I'd love to paint the picture -it would be a challenge, but I thought the inspiration from the photo would provide enough strength to do it. Luckily for me, Katie contacted me in the fall asking if I would paint it for them - and I happily agreed.

Once the rush of the holidays was over, I started on the painting and over the last two weeks it has come to a point where I feel it is time to go to its forever home. I was challenged to think of how I could get a brown hoodie, brown horse, light brown hair, and dirt forground to work with me and make the subject matter pop out. I used lots of transparent paints on it to provide depth and warmth - tones of reds, oranges and browns all to work off the color of the foals coat and Katies lovely hair. It is challenging getting a good photo of this one, but it looks great at night in a darkened room where the shading resembles a barnlight night. In terms of composition, I wanted to capture a circle with the eye traveling from the bottom left up to the foal, then over to Katies face - with the magic captured in the look between her and the foals face. I've become quite attached to it - and hope that this horse loving family will enjoy it for years to come on their walls. It brings back memories for me as a girl too with my new foals - and how I wish I had those moments captured.

So, off you go "foals first snuggle" to your new home. I enjoyed being a part of bringing little "All Fired Up" into the world.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Painting horses weekend Feb 10-12 at Twincreeks

Well, the time is here again for another fun weekend at Twincreeks. Last years workshop was a huge success and so we planned another one, for two nights this time!

So, get your calendars out and book the weekend. Two nights accommodation, excellent meals, acrylic art workshop and if you want to bring your horse - board is included too! You can have a well deserved weekend away, learn new skills, spend time with great folks AND leave with an original painting done by you! What could be better!

There are only 6 spots available, so book soon. You can pay online at the Broody Rooster Gallery but check on availability with a quick email first.

Hope to see you there!