Friday, July 12, 2013

The Big Red, a Big Picture

 "The Big Red" Oil on 16x20 canvas

At the beginning of this week I made a decision to go beyond an 11x14 to a 16 x20 I had a photo from Stuart when he took a trip to see an enactment of the 1812 war. It was a boiling hot day with a lot going on especially many horses being used in a lot of the scenes. A lot of cavalry dressed in splendid uniforms. This is a close up of one of those horses I was able to use as a practice with 16 x 20 Canvas.

I must admit that size on an easel looked positively huge in comparison to an 11x14!

With encouragement from John and Stuart to 'go big' and do it.a good experience and practice. So in front of a sketch on the canvas and some music in the background I took the brush paint on and reached out and said to myself  'DO IT'!

I am sure any equestrians look at 'Big Red' (my name for him) will see mistakes, love of horses go deep and owners know every inch of the precious animal ,but,on the whole I believe my interest is becoming avid I enjoyed working with him and hopefully it shows a 16 x 20 was worth the while.


  1. It's a lovely, lovely painting and you paint horses so well. I love it. Keep on painting!

  2. I have been gone from home..trying to catch up. Your paintings of these beautiful horses blow me away. I am at a loss for words.
    Hope all is well with here, but cool at night.
    Thank you so for sharing your beautiful art. It means a lot. ellen.