The recipient of this piece had seen a triptych at an antique store showing a horse in profile. The first panel had the horse’s head and front legs. The middle panel had its torso, and the third panel had its hind legs and tail. This individual hit on the idea that it would be funny to buy and display the third panel only. Sadly, the antique store would not break up the series for him.
The person who commissioned this piece is a good friend of the recipient. He took a photo of the original piece and commissioned me to replicate it. The result would be a Christmas present for his friend. I’m happy to say that both the buyer and the recipient were pleased with the finished piece.
I would love to give credit to the original artist, but I don’t know her or his name. I will say that the final image is something of a marriage of that person’s style with my own. I learned a lot by starting with someone else’s image and working backwards. I believe this is the first time I have painted a non-human animal, and I was very pleased with the result. There’s something earthy about the horse’s hide that I found appealing to paint.
This post brings my blog up to date with the work I did in December. The three paintings I completed were to be Christmas gifts, so I didn’t want to blog about them before the holiday and potentially ruin the surprises. But the next painting I have on deck I will be able to post about at each stage of its progress. Stay tuned….