by Mary Wilson
I finally finished this painting, which had been requested about a year and a half ago. There were many issues for me.
The person asking for the image had owned five horses over a period of years and wanted a commemorative representation. I worked from several different photographs of various ages, including one photocopy of a picture. I had to collate different poses (without people or halters) to get the right facial profile for each one.
I have done pets, birds, wildlife but no horses. These animals were friends to the person. What if I got them wrong?
I started on a wonderful natural linen canvas that had been given to me, along with a spectacular frame. Perfect! No background painting, just images: only I couldn’t get my tracing to go onto the linen and I am not a good enough line sketcher to do the images by eye.
Hours of work and frustration later I used a simple 9 x 12 inch canvas with several coats of Gesso, and the three layers of base coating for the background. These horses span approximately 35 years. I have the varnishing to complete, and I can tell the person it is ready.
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