I've painted horses since I picked up a brush, since I love them so much; I just haven't been consistent. It seems I am easily distracted. (Raising kids and all that).
I have very few of my paintings (I tend to give them away and move a lot...).
Here's one of my first painted on a real canvas (rather than bricks or rocks or paper)...
It was for the nursery of my first daughter. First-borns get all the best efforts. For her first birthday I painted a wooden rocking horse yellow, and she got a wall of carousel horses when she was four... and an embroidered carousel horse on a doll pillow...In-between, she got a giant stuffed bear, and ABC blocks on the wall, and cute little 'stuffed' bears wearing sailor suits, painted on small cabinet-sized shutters I found.
The twins got paintings of zoo animals and farm animals (with farm- associated wildlife), but that was about it. Sad, but they were twins after all, and wore me out.
I painted a 3-horse scene for my mother, when I found her, and discovered she loved horses too... this is the only photo I could find of it (somewhere there is a palomino and another one with it)...
I painted a palomino colt's portrait for a neighbor once, and there are others I don't remember, but once I offered a painting of a horse that was given to me. He was a beautiful horse, and I thought the owner should have something to remind him of the horse forever, as I could hardly stand taking the horse for free. (You can see he is still my avatar pic, even though I eventually gave this beautiful creature back to his original owner)...
I miss this horse, Cherihuka, greatly! (Sometimes I think I should paint one of these for myself!)
Maybe it would be an image of us out riding together- something I never could do in real life when I had him. Unfortunately, I know I could never capture the meaning of that. His previous owner had named him 'Spirit'... and maybe that is why it can't be captured.
This is a mural I painted in 2007, when I realized it would be more years until I could afford a horse again. (Before I got the horse Cherihuka). My heart was really into this, as my heart was full of yearning...
I didn't want a white horse, but that's what 'fit' the color schematics of the house, the room.
I think the colors are horrendous, (even though some of that is the photo is dark). But I'm NOT taking that frame apart again, lol.
*this is a mixed media piece, I didn't have the patience - I also didn't have the confidence to try feathers! Iwas afraid they would looks like fur, or worse, like an abstract, or a cartoon.
THAT is why I'm writing this... why I need the practice.
Of course, no painting ever turns out the way it's envisioned.
like maybe yeah, I can do this - it really doesn't have to look 'realistic', just artful!
Periwinkle is a special color. Not blue, not lavender... but something in-between.
Gesso. Never have enough of that stuff. I've been known to use house paint on bedsheets for canvas. I've even painted on rocks, for lack of proper medium to paint on... but sometimes you just gotta do it!
Oh, and if I do any sky, I’ll need cobalt and ‘Vermillion’, which is a very old-fashioned pink-tinted red – I really hate mixing that one up from scratch.
It's funny, but I bet I use the 'ugliest' color: raw umber, more than any other color. It mutes the brightness of other colors, it shades colors (shadowing without using black), and it is a common color in nature (dirt, bark). Of course, I never paint snow, lol.
It makes me wonder what color or colors OTHER painters use most!
I often use crafting paints in conjunction with 'Artist’ acrylic paints.
The colors I hate shopping for most are greens!
I always avoided them until moving to the big open prairie farm land...
I really need a couple of TINY detail brushes with flat diagonal tops and pointed tips – but I can cut some brushes down. Most painters end up doing this for all kinds of reasons, lol.
For an ethereal kind of inspirational music to play for ambiance while doing art... I highly recommend: Ivan Torrent - Before I Leave This World
If you have ever let yourself get rusty, you understand that the opposite of that is a kind of tortuous event you have to force yourself thru.....
It is nearly the same as facing writer's block (or a white page) when starting a story.
I would truly love to see what you are working on...or how you go about dreaming and scheming up your own artistic projects...
If it isn't something you've considered before, let me offer one more encouragement with these Project Planner templates: