"Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul." Vincent Van Gogh

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Equine #8

Equine #8 / 18x14 / Oil on linen panel
And #8 makes his presence known! I just love painting these equine athletes - their exuberance is catching and makes me want to paint more and more! Recently, I must have ordered a lot of 14 x 18 linen canvases as, when I look back on this series, they are mostly  that size. I guess I should order some frames and see how they will look all framed up.

16 comments:

  1. Wow! I love these horse paintings. They look like they could jump right off the page. Nice work, Susan!

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    1. Thanks, Heather - they are really great fun to paint!

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  2. Can´t wait to see them all together framed.

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    1. Yes, I have to start thinking about that!

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  3. These paintings have such great energy, form, motion, emotion. Horses are you. I'm guessing you've been around them all your life, for your paintings breathe with the life of the horse. Delightful. Beautiful. Amazing.

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    1. LOL - I have always have a deep fascination with and love for these incredibly beautiful beasts. I am fascinated by them alone and by their connection to humans in all kinds of different situations. Its kept my brain occupied for a long time!

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  4. Great Wednesday equine series! Where do you take such action photos of horses?!

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    1. Pam, I have years of equine photography under my belt - racetrack, rodeos, hunter derby, auctions, horse shows, etc. and, coming from a medical background, I have a good understanding of anatomy and physiology which helps me a lot. In this series, I generally use several photos for each painting, draw what I am thinking and then attack the canvas. As you can probably see, I use a lot of artistic license as well!

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  5. Susan, they are all SO FULL of LIFE and BEAUTY!!! I really am loving this series so very much!

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    1. Sooo glad you like them, Kathryn! :)

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  6. You are so right that the exuberance is catching! I am smiling at the wonderful energy here.

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    1. Many thanks, Diana. Often, when I am painting, I think that if horses could do self portraits, they might be something like the ones I am painting!

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  7. I guess these horses must be from your imagination, since where would you find photo's of horses in positions like this? And that makes them all the more impressive! No way could I do it without some kind of a reference - and I'd struggle even then! :0)

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    1. Once you get going with these, Sandra, the sky is the limit. All it takes is a good knowledge of anatomy and some imagination.

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  8. Crazy! I love these horses that defy gravity. You must have wonderful reference photos.

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  9. A beautiful painting..full of so much motion. An amazing piece, Susan!!! Love it!!!

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