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.
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