Introduction: Horse Painting

This is a painting I made at an extra-curricular art class that I attend every Wednesday for three hours. This was a very difficult painting that I originally found in a magazine and wanted to re-create for myself. The hardest part was the angle at which the horse is portrayed.  A lot of time went into the detail and shadowing as a result it took me a little over three months (twelve, three-hour classes) to complete.

The medium I used is Acrylic Paints.

To answer the questions for the Make-to-Learn Youth Contest

What did you make?
I recreated a painting of a horse drinking out of a river. The original is by Lesley Harrison. I found it in the Magazine “Arts of the West” in their May/June 2008 issue. I used Acrylic Paints and an Oil finish. No copyright was intended. I love all animals and have recently discovered that painting animals is very enjoyable and relaxing. As a beginner it’s easier for me to start with an actual painting and add my own style to it as I go. The paintings are for my personal use, I don’t sell them.

How did you make it?
I first used a graphite pencil to graph the picture and my canvas so I could focus on a smaller area of the original to make sure that the proportions on my sketch were as accurate as possible the sketch took me about two, three hour classes.  I then erased the graph lines and started painting with Acrylic Paints the painting portion took about ten, three hour classes. I looked at many other pictures of horses to make sure mine looked as realistic as possible. After I finished painting I used an Oil-based glaze over the Acrylic to preserve the color. My art teacher helped me throughout the entire process with identifying needed colors and perfecting brush strokes. I initially planned to add more detail, but decided against it because it would have taken focus away from the horse.

Where did you make it?
I made this painting at my art class that I have every Wednesday for three hours. Painting animals helps me to better understand their basic anatomy which will help me in my education towards becoming a Veterinarian.  Painting is an excellent way to relax and allows me to take a break from life and just enjoy creating something beautiful.

What did you learn?
I learned a lot about the difficulties of trying to paint from certain angles. I also learned some new brush strokes to help with making an animal more lifelike. I was surprised at how difficult painting the horse actually was it took a lot of time and a surprisingly large amount of different colors.  I was very proud at how well it turned out, but wished I was able to spend more time perfecting the horses head.

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