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Very First Oil Painting of Horses Running in Water

Postby kcortese » Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:46 pm

Hi Everyone!

Well, finally calling this one done. (for now anyway)

This is the very first time I ever painted a horse. I have always done horses in pastel or charcoal. I didn't realize it would take me 6 days to complete. I never painted or drew churning water or waves before either.

Oils on gray slate, it measures 10"x11 1/2".

Someday I'll do a full size painting. Working with tiny little
ushes is tedious.

Sooooo, what do you think for my first one? Let me know.
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Postby finalprodigy » Mon Sep 14, 2009 9:21 pm

You are my hero! This is so beautiful and masterful! Really great job! I am jealous of your skill!
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Postby BYart » Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:11 pm

Karen,
This finished out beautifully! You should be very proud of this piece as it is stunning!
Love, I mean LOVE it!!!!
Great job!!!!
The splashing water is perfct in my eyes, and the horses are well rendered. I love the action expressed here as it makes me think of moving forward, wild and free, and loving every second of it! :wink: :D
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Postby krysta11 » Tue Sep 15, 2009 4:33 am

Holly Cow!!!!!!

Karen I absolutely agree with above comments. OMG!!! I can't take my eyes away from this piece.

K., You are my HERO!
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Postby kcortese » Tue Sep 15, 2009 7:59 am

Thank all of you for your kind words! It's badly needed after this crazy task. Didn't think I could pull it off. I was really worried about the water.

This one aside now.

I'm starting a new one today on dark gray slate. There will be a full moon, cloudy sky, mountain silhouettes, moon lit lake, and a black stallion standing on a rocky ledge sniffing the air. The moon light will enhance the figure of the horse.

I have to plan my lighting here. Most of the slate will show, so this one will be easy. Took it out of my head this morning and laid it out on paper. Can't wait to get started.

Will show later today in WIP.

Thank all of you great wonderful people, without your support, I wouldn't be doing this.
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Good Morning

Postby Michael Ortega » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:02 am

Perfect in itself...Don't stop now.
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Postby kcortese » Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:03 am

Thanks Michael

I have the new one drawn out on the slate, will start painting the base soon.

Will show in WIP later.
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Postby artbymkn » Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:46 pm

It really is stunning. Water always gives me a problem. You did it masterfully.
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Postby kcortese » Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:42 pm

Thank you artbymkn

I don't know about "masterfully", just happened to turn out this way.

I'm glad that with all the time I put into this piece, I didn't screw up the water. Which is what was worrying me the most.

I'm working on a new moon lit painting of a wild horse. It's in Works in Progress.

I have to take a
eak from painting right now. I'm in a great deal of pain, and can't move my head right now. I also think I'm getting a migraine headache. Better stop for the day, before the headache sets in. Otherwise I'll be sick for several days.

This is why I stopped doing artwork years ago.

Later

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Postby oilpainter2247 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:29 am

Karen this is one good looking painting here . wow nice work indeed .mike :D
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wow

Postby aliwuk1 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:21 am

Hi I have to say I am very impressed with this work and I have enjoyed watching you paint it! Is this really your first work in oils? Very well done! I get such a feeling of movement and of excitement Im in awe!!
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Postby kcortese » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:55 am

HI Mike! This is the painting that took me 6 days to complete. Thanks for your kind words.

Alison, I appreciate your comments very much.

This is my 4th painting tinkering in oils and my very first Equine painting. I have previously done horses in pastel or charcoal never painted one before. Not so bad to handle.

I think I'm beginning to catch on with painting. I have a lot to learn and am struggling with blending to avoid the
ushstrokes showing up and looking messy.

I work very tiny, the horse I'm doing now measures 5"x6" from top of head to bottom of hooves. Someday, I'll do a full size painting.
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Postby aliwuk1 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:05 am

Hey K !

Im even more impressed to get that much detail and emotion into such a small space.....wow I should be so lucky!!

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Postby SaraDalene » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:10 pm

Oh my goodness, this is fantastic! You are very talented! I love the pattern on the horse in the foreground, it's very cool!
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Postby kcortese » Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:59 am

Alison;

Thank you for the kind words.

Mini paintings are very tedious and time consuming. Sometimes I have to pull my magnifying glass over to give my old blurry eyes a rest.

Sara;

You are a very sweet lady! Thank you!

The original painting has more spots in the coat pattern of the first horse that the digital camera didn't pick it up.
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Wow

Postby rrsum » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:52 am

Karen...I don't know HOW I missed this one...but this is spectacular! VERY nice job!

Great job - congrats!
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Postby kcortese » Sun Oct 04, 2009 9:04 am

Hi Rich,

Sorry for the late reply, but my phones have been out since Thursday. I'm just now getting back to my replies.

Thank you for the encouragement and kind words.

I started a Nurses Aide training class, and don't know when I'll be doing another painting. When I get home, it's run, run, run and I have to study.

Perhaps next weekend I'll start another.

But, of course I'll come in here to view other artwork.

later

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Postby D.Overholt » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:34 pm

WOW, Great Job!!!
Glad I've been watching this from the start, the end result came out fantastic Karen!!!!
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Postby D.Overholt » Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:35 pm

WOW, Great Job!!!
Glad I've been watching this from the start, the end result came out fantastic Karen!!!!
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Postby Juliep » Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:54 am

It came out beautiful Karen,

I love how the light shines in the front one's mane and the water is beautiful, and just the feel of movement. You defo need to do more!

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