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Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have not painted in a while but lately I just felt an urge to take a brush in hand and give it a whirl. This will be my first attempt at portraits in almost two years.

I thought I would give you a glimpse of what I do during the creation of my paintings.

I decided to paint a portrait of each of my grand childrens favorite horses. I plan to give them to them framed for a christmas present. Each painting is 14 X 20 and once framed they will be slightly larger depending on the frame I put on them.

My first photo is of Jemila...a three year old Arabian owned by my grand daughter Alexandra

Now here is JEMILA in a three tier product going from pencil to oil.

Here is the finished product.

My second painting is PEPPER - he is a Half Arabian and Half Paint. A beautiful creature that brought lots of laughter into the family. I gave him as a gift to my great grand daughter that has just started to ride. Emory is 3 years old and PEPPER is just the kid friendly horse for her.

The third portrait is of Rah (Sun God)... an Egyptian Stallion he is owned by my grand daughter Alexandra. Rah is 5 years old and getting ready to make his show debut next spring. We are looking forward to him bring in the ribbons.

Three step project from pencil to oil

Finished project on Wrap Linen Canvas

Here is the trio all finished soaking up the sun to set the finish I put over them. Next step is framing...I will take them off to a shop that makes frames up in the local town here. I think the girls will enjoy them. It will be the first painting I ever gave my great grand daughter...but I am sure in a few years she will appreciate it. Right now it will just be a horsey picture to her.


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    I could never draw a horse. I've tried it prior. Your work is awesome! Lovely likeness of the horses, too. What I've posted is mostly mixed media and MS Paint. I've never done oils before, either. Thank you for sharing this!
    1434 days ago
    Absolutely gorgeous!! You sure do have talent.

    I am sure your family will love them all the more
    because you made them. Something they
    can have for a lifetime.

    Have a good week.
    1996 days ago
    OMG Joanna, I just saw this blog! You have an amazing talent my friend and the art work you do with these horses is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen! Horses are my favorite animal in the world and the day will come again when I will have these beautiful creatures in my life again! I believe that when God created this beautiful creature that he made them for people like us. Joanna, I am in awe of this work! I can't stop looking at it!!!

    Please continue to share this beauty with us! Pepper is a beautiful site!
    1997 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Joanna, You truly are a talented and an amazing woman!!! Your artwork is beautiful and I know your GKs will adore them. You're creating beautiful pictures for them to treasure for a lifetime. I only wish I had 1/2 of your talent.


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    1997 days ago
    They are stunning, Joanna. They will be keepsakes treasured by your GDs. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

    1998 days ago
    I agree, you accomplish more in 24 than I accomplish in a whole week and with such perfection......
    I love to know people with such talent! So glad you shared the pictures, yes they are great. emoticon
    1998 days ago
    You never cease to amaze me. How do you manage to squeeze 48 hours into what is 24 for everyone else? These are some of the most magnificent horse portraits I have ever seen. And the horses themselves are just GORGEOUS! Your kids and their kids and their kids are so lucky to have you.

    1998 days ago
    WOW!!!! Is there anything that you can't do? Those paintings are just SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! You are just such an emoticon woman!! WOW, that is just all I can say!! They will just love those paintings, especially that they came from you. WOW!!
    Was curious if Rah was any relation to Blacklord Arabi.
    1998 days ago

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    1998 days ago
    Joanna, they are as beautiful as I expected them to be! I knew you were a very talented lady (in more ways than one, lol). Seriously, they are great! Noel
    1998 days ago
  • SANDYW1945
    Beautiful. Your talent shows through.
    1999 days ago
    Oh, Wow Joanna! What a God given talent you have to reproduce what your eye sees! That is such a hard thing to do, especially with paint! I have drawn horses my whole life and done a few pencil sketches, even finished pencil drawings of horses, but I can't master the painting!
    These photos look JUST LIKE the horses, and these gifts will be treasured by your grandchildren in the future, I am sure. Have you ever tried to market your paintings or do portraits for the public? Gorgeous!
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    1999 days ago
    How beautiful!! To have such a talent must be truly wonderful. As the old saying goes, I can't draw a straight line with a But you are a truly talented artist. I know your paintings will be a hit with your granddaughters.
    1999 days ago
    You are so very talented. When I was a little girl I could draw horses, some with their full body and some with just their heads. I didn't keep it up though and in my adults years I have tried to do them again and I can't. I am really mad at myself for not continuing to draw them.

    Your paintings and drawings are just wonderfully beautiful. You do such a great job with them. You are blessed with such a beautiful gift. Keep up the good work.

    Your Friend, Dot

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    1999 days ago
    WOW! Beautiful! My daughter and I just did an oil landscapes for the first time and we are going to attempt an oil painting of her horse, but I know we won't get close to what you did.
    1999 days ago
    So beautiful...the horses and the paintings. You do a wonderful job on horses, do you ever do people? Or landscapes? I love seeing your beautiful talent.
    1999 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    Truly beautiful animals and what a fantastic talent you have... your "Grands" will be
    thrilled to receive such a gift . emoticon
    1999 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    my favorite pastime is running in wood early on a fall morning emoticon
    1999 days ago
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