Tuesday, May 11, 2010


"Toots" - 7" x 10", Transparent watercolor
I've heard it said that you should paint what you know and now I completely understand why. My aunt is having a big milestone birthday soon, and I wanted to give her something special. She adores her horse, Toots, so I figured a painted portrait of her would be a great gift. The problem is, I don't know horses. I've rarely been around them and since I don't live near Toots, I had to work from the few, not so great reference photos that other people had taken. I probably got some of the muscle and bone structure wrong, but I did the best I could with what I had. All things considered, I'm pretty happy with this painting.