Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Silver The Pony

This is Silver, my Grandma and Grandpa's pony and quite possibly the first "equine" I've ever ridden.  This painting was referenced from a photo in one of my old albums dated 1974.  As you can see from the actual image, it wasn't an easy photo to work from.  Making this one come to life was very difficult, much like riding a they can be very stubborn and difficult at times.  His eye was not clear and may have even been shut in the photo.  I did my best to recreate it.  His color was a challenge as well, but I really wasn't focused too much on getting the exact color match.  I think I was able to convey his "sour" expression.....and who wouldn't be crabby with 3 kids on their back?  His other ear is apparently back showing disapproval of the situation.  I wanted to be sure to get the bushiness of his mane as well. 
That's me in the front with red pants on Silver. 


  1. You did a nice job, especially working from an old photo- love it!

  2. I love these little horses. They're so brave, strong and patient...
    Nice portrait, Gretchen. :)
    Kind regards.

  3. Thank you Sheryl. I may have overworked it a bit, as you can see from the paper.
    Thanks Akwarelia....I'm looking forward to another today.

  4. ooh, I love it, you did wonderfully with the eye, especially with little help from your photo. Very nice, love the mane and forelock, nice soft background too.

  5. Thanks Maria. He was a challenge to paint....but then I realized he's a pony and that's how ponies are.

  6. Dear Gretchen,
    Very lovely work despite many difficulties you've successfully overcome. The work also shows his character. Great.
    Me, too, love horses and went for sketch in a farm. Please keep up wonderful work and make us happy!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  7. A very difficult photo to work from - I might have been tempted to paint him in sepia, which is about what you've done. Good job - poor pony, no wonder he was in a bad mood!! ha ha



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