Monty - Irish Sport Horse Horse Portrait painting by Andrew Hunt
(Acrylic on board) Monty is a 9 year old Irish sport horse, 15.2hh. He has a lovely, gentle temperament and is keen to please - even when being told off! Monty's owner and rider, Karen had recently been bringing him on for local dressage work and as such, I was keen to show off his alertness and poise.
The owner's response: "You have captured the physique and character of Monty to perfection, way beyond even the best of photographers. He is actually alive from every angle, and the colouring is not only stunning, but accurate - I cannot stop looking at him, because it is Monty. I couldn’t wait to take it to the yard, they were all amazed too “it is the perfect image of Monty”. I will treasure this painting for ever, thank you." Karen ________________________________________________ With able assistance from the stables' manager, I took a series of photo studies in a small adjacent field. As the sun was really quite bright, it was important to be extra aware of the shadows cast on his coat. It did in fact, end up working to advantage, by setting him in profile against a dark background, the strong shadows helped created the dramatic lighting. Below: The photo upon which the painting was based.
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