If you're considering a portrait painting of your horse, do you need to use a local artist?
I was recently asked if I could paint a portrait of a horse that was stabled some 260 miles away from where I live and work.
It can be done of course, but would have made a very long day to visit him for the necessary studies, along with the associated travel costs.
So, as an alternative, and with some research, I managed to find an established equestrian photographer who lived not far from the stables, and was able to brief him on all my particular requirements for photographic reference.
It all worked out really well - with his experience of horses, the photographer really understood the sort of shots I was looking for, and supplied a great set of images that I was then able to work from, for the painting.
This not only made a good saving for my client, but it's great to know that whatever the distance, it need not be an issue.
Equally, although ideally I would always prefer to visit the horse or pony in person, if you have a selection of your own photography that you'd like me to work with, I am always happy to appraise them for their suitability as reference for a painting.
For more information on the process of commissioning a portrait painting: Click here
A frame for your painting
I am pleased to announce that I am now in a position to provide a full framing service to all my clients.
My paintings are produced on either stretched canvas or directly on board, and to date, have mostly been supplied without a frame.
However, I now have a trusted, well-established framing company who are able to provide a wide range of high quality styles. So whatever your taste, or your home decor, we will be able to complete your painting with a frame that fits just right - ready to hang on your wall.
If you would like your painting to be framed, we can discuss your specific requirements and preferences, in order to show you a range of frame and mount choices for your consideration.
You don't need to know exactly what sort of frame you want before enquiring, nor even until your painting is completed - I am happy to discuss ideas and options.
I've recently come across two Equine Assisted Therapy practitioners, one in the Pennines and one in the South Downs.
Their stables were similarly hidden away in the quietest of locations. So much so for the South Downs practice, that you can only reach the valley where it's located by going along a seemingly endless and narrow single-track lane (really hoping you don't meet something coming the other way). It is more than worth it though, because when you arrive at the stables and fields, you really do feel like you have this beautiful, little world all to yourself.
However, regardless of locations, the work that these Horse Therapy practitioners do is so impressive… and, because horses are so amazing at connecting to people, without judgement.
Their sensitivity is essential in the wild for survival and it is this that enables a horse to pick up on what we are feeling, then reflect it through their body language back to us.
This powerful mirror of ourselves displayed in the horse, enables individuals to learn about their own emotions and behavioural patterns. Through trying different approaches to get the horse to accept them in unity, people can discover ways to make positive and lasting changes. This in turn positively impacts their relationships with other people, and helps them to lead happier and more fulfilled lives.
For more info, contact Becky at 'The Haven', nr Chichester, West Sussex -
Jacqui at 'Pastures New', Littleborough, Lancashire -
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