Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Almost wordless Wednesday

Despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, I continue to think of myself as a finishwork artist.  A frustrated finishwork artist, perhaps, but a finishwork artist nonetheless.

In an effort to fulfill my finishwork potential, I have spent the last few years creating a huge bank of reference photos for all the models I'm going to paint someday.  I am especially fond of complex Appaloosa references because obviously that's what I'm destined to paint.  Obviously.


While I was photographing the draft horses at the Arapahoe County Fair, I couldn't help but notice a trio of colorful Appaloosas participating in some sort of a 4H showmanship competition.  These three horses performed for a variety of handlers for the better part of the day.  Every time there was a break in the draft horse action, I'd turn around and take a picture of them.  As you can see, I was especially drawn to the first mare.  Probably I will paint her someday...


  1. I'm glad I'm not the only the who plans ahead...

  2. Such a pretty horse! I try to plan ahead with performance...can't say that always works though :D

  3. Lovely ponies, lovely photos! :)

  4. That's such a beautiful Appaloosa! LOVE her coloring!

  5. Hi!
    I'm one of your overseas follower and I admire a looot your work. My passion it's the appaloosa ones and when I first see your photographies, I fell in love with these!

    So, because I paint for the hobby, I've decided to make one custom inspirated by your awesome photographies. I hope you wouldn't be angry, because I didn't ask your permission. But I didn't do it for the money or with bads intentions, it was just "fun".

    So know, I would share with you the job, because you "deserve" it, because without you and your blog that I love to read it wasn't possible:
    I'll call her Psyche, it's an old mare (I think se looks like more to an old mare than to an araloosa).
    So hope this would please you, I've link your blog of course -yes it's written in french, because I'm Belgian-

    This comment is one thanks to you, keep up your good work! I wishe to have one of your tack one day.

  6. Oh, thanks so much for posting that link. Your custom is wonderful! I don't mind you using the pictures for reference at all. That's what I post them for.


  7. Do you have any other pictures of the horse in the last photo? He's (She's?) really gorgeous!