Opinions please!

My painting - Horse in a field.
@JenInTN (27547)
United States
February 21, 2009 4:18am CST
I have just finifhed this painting for a lady that has requested it. She give me a black and white picture of the horse's head and asked me to make a painting..ok...here it is. I am fairly new at it and this is only my second one for someone else. The first was a cartoon precious moments that was fairly easy but this one has called for alot more of me. So tell me..is it good enough to present to her or does it need something else? All comments will be positively rated. I really want honest opinions.
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35 responses
@buenavida (9245)
• Sweden
23 Feb 09
A good thing about painting in oil is that you can change the parts you wish to make different. I prefer acrylic colors, they are easier to work with but oil is something very special. I can see you have got talent, the sky, the clouds and the tree look really great and the horse is wonderful. Maybe you would like to add some shadows around the motives to make them more "visible" - just think, where does the light come from and place the shadows on the opposite side. In your next painting you might like to test to put the main motive a little to the right or left of the middle. It somehow makes it even better. You can test with photos first and see what it looks like and then make a sketch with coal before painting. Wish you many happy days with your great hobby. It is one of the most satisfying things we can do - a few hours of painting makes one feel happy for a long time.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi buenvida! I have often wondered about acrylics. I do like the fact that oils can be changed and worked with for a while but they take so long to dry. How are acrylics easier to work with if you don't mind me asking. Thanks for the tips!
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@buenavida (9245)
• Sweden
23 Feb 09
Acrylics are water based, so you only need water to make the paint thinner and they dry very fast, in minutes if you use a hairdryer and blow on the painting. You could test to make the background in acrylics and then make the motive in oil. Or just make it all in acrylics of course.. I like to paint on masonite that is first painted with water soluble paint. Then i take a brush or sponge and wet all the surface. Then the playground is ready for whatever colors I like to use - the water makes them mix and I can help with the sponge or move the painting so that I get the desired pattern. Also the hairdryer is great - it is easy to blow on the colors and they will move. When the background is dry, and ready for the motives, it is best to paint the motive in white first. In this stage it is possible to plan some shadows and paint thinner where the shadows should be. It will dry fast with the hairdryer. After that I add colors - many thin layers is more efficient than one thick. The color is transparent and the layers shine through each other so it might be good to test first on another masonite and see what it looks like. When the motive is ready, I highlight it with shadows and light color. They can also be made with thin paint in layers. You can make a painting ready in a few hours with acrylics or choose to make a part in oil. But the oil should always be used after the acrylics - never the other way. If you test and see, you will find your own ways to create, but acrylics are very fast and easy to make changes with. You can of course use it as water color on paper... Wish you great pleasure with the painting.
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thank you so much for the info. You must have been painting for a long time. Maybe sometime you will post some of your work for us to see. It would be a pleasure if you would.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
23 Feb 09
Hi Jen if its ur second painting, then its really good and sure show to her as what she has to say Its Good Work Keep it up
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thank you cupid..it's only the second painting that I've sold. The first was a cartoon character for a friend of mines nursery. I have done about five before this as practice. They are no where near as challenging as this one was however my last was a cabin upon a hill in the fall. It was pretty good. Thanks for the response and take care.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
24 Feb 09
Hmmmm wow u r becoming Commercial painting and are selling the PAINTING, isnt it great how u feel when u have money in the hand well if u work on determination and polish ur skills, i am sure you will be able to cope more challenging task WELL DONE and Keep it up
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
24 Feb 09
It's kind of nice when I had the money for my finished work before. It made me feel like I had accomplished something. It's also nice to know that someone has a little piece of me in their home. Thanks cupid.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
Wow, Jen! You're so talented! I'm just using my phone to myLot and your painting looks realistic here. Photorealistic! It's so detailed especially the horse. Are you doing this for a fee? I think you should. I've seen professionals and their work is not as good as this one. It seems like you've been doing this for years! Keep yourself inspired ok?
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thank you modstar! I really enjoy doing it. Yes..the lady that requested it is offering to pay. I have only been painting for two years now and this is only my second for sell. The first sell was a cartoon character so it's not in the same catagory as this. The lady give me a black and white of the horses head so everything else was me. I'm not sure what fee I should ask but her offer was $100 if she liked it. I'm hoping she will.
@modstar (9608)
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
Wow! Let's hope she'll like it! Maybe we'll see you host your own exhibit in the near future. You're not just beautiful, you're ultra talented too!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thanks
@se7enthbird (8324)
• Philippines
21 Feb 09
like antiquelady i need to go around so i can see the picture. but it was all worth it. for me this picture is perfect. i can almost feel the ambiance, its like i feel like i am with the horse. i can almost smell the grass. i dont know how to paint but i know how to look a great one. keep up the good work. you have good hands on something like this. Great God given talent
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thank you so much. Did I post it wrong that it's trouble to see the picture? I thought it was automatically attached to my discussion.
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
it was attached no need to orry, but i always open my email first to see the notification and reading your discussion on email is not showing any photos so i need to go to go around to see the attached photo. so nothing to worry. just like i said it was worth going around.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thanks
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
21 Feb 09
i think it's great, jen. i love old barns. they remind me of my grandaddy. looks like to me u did an excellant job. you got talent, girl.
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thank you jo. I hope she likes it. I've been painting now going on my second year. I've done a few scenaries but this is my first with an animal in it...no..I did an ocean once with a whale..lol.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
21 Feb 09
i loved it. the barn, a dog & a pretty field made me wish i was there,
@hcromer (2711)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I think you did a nice job. Are you sure you got the colors of the horse right since she gave you a black and white photo? I would love to paint for other people, how did you get this gig lined up? Is she paying you for it?
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Yes she did offer compensation. She also requested a chocolate colored horse. I couldn't go much darker because of the need to shadow and detail. She also requested the field and an old tree. I got the job because I work with her and another friend of mine pais me to do an oilpaint of a precious moments picture for her daughter's nursery. I did pretty good with it but it is more of a cartoon character and not so complicated. I have been fooling around with sceneries but I have to say this is the first one that has been centered around an animal. Thanks for the response.
@Kgupta (17)
• India
23 Feb 09
It looks very ingenious to me. You are a very creative person! I can see your artistic juices flowing by just looking at this painting. You have indeed done a very good job with your imagination - creating a wonderful painting with that black n white horse's head. Good luck!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thank you. That is very kind. Thanks for the input too.
@paula27661 (15898)
• Australia
22 Feb 09
I really love your painting. I love the choice of colours. The placing of the horse and the barn in the background look excellent, I am no art buff but I would like it if someone gave it to me so I think the lady that requested it will love it too. You have a gift girl!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
You are very kind paula. I'm glad you like it and I do hope the lady it is for will too. Thanks for responding and take care.
• Australia
22 Feb 09
Its a really great photo and you should be lucky to have such an artistic talent, as many people couldn't draw or paint like that for nuts! I love it, and if the lady doesn't, don't worry about it for you have tried your best. But I think she'll love it. :)
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you pweety_princess! I do appreciate the vote of confidence. The funny thing is I can paint on something forever and feel like it's never done.lol..Thanks again and take care.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
22 Feb 09
I am not a painter and I do wish I could give a more professional opinion of the painting. But a first glace it appears to be good. I would suggest to enrol in forum where painters' gather. I guess you can learn a lot from them (if they are genuine and willing to help)
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Hi ronald. Thank you. That is the problem you run into within some of the forums. Sometimes the more accomplished forget what it's like starting out. I may try it again but don't be surprised if you see me asking you guys again.
@nikky28 (1572)
• India
22 Feb 09
It is really good! I love the colours, very relaxing and soothing to the eye. Nice layout, the detailing is good. I love horses and that kind of atmosphere, so its a nice picture to hang in the bedroom. Your painting makes me strech my arms and smile. You are a really good artist and I would love to see your works.
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you nikky. If it makes you smile and feel relaxed,it has done what I wanted it too.Thanks again.
@tjades (3591)
• Jamaica
22 Feb 09
I think it is absolutely great. Fisrt of all it made me mile and then it invited me to take a walk in the grass and pet that horse. See that painting is doing a lot right there. The quality in terms of colours used and texture also looks great. Well done JenIn .
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you tjades..I definately wanted it to be "inviting" as it is going to be in the lady's livingroom. Thanks again.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
21 Feb 09
she gave you a horse head and you did all that? did you talk to her about the painting, that she wanted a whole landscape? not that it isn't a nice one, but is that what she's expecting? okay, saying that is what she is expecting, then I think she'll like it
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Yes...she did know about the landscape idea. She requested I have the horse laying in a field with a tree.I even had to confirm the color of the horse because the head was in black and white. The barn was my idea but I asked her about that first too. I really want her to like it. Thanks for the response!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
21 Feb 09
so long as she knows what she's getting, kind of an interesting color horse
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Chocolate colored she told me..mane too..You think it's chocolate?
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@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
21 Feb 09
wowwww you must have a great talent!!! i am impress! well the paint is so great.can you paint me naked?
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
LOL..sure bombshell but it may cost you if I have to get jealous..LOL
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
21 Feb 09
jelous? of what?..how about i get jelous with your great talent
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
LOL..thanks bombshell..sure I'll paint you
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
22 Feb 09
Jen you should be very proud of the work that you have done on this painting. It is incredible and you surely are very talented and more so when you only had a black and white picture to draw from. If the woman is not happy with the end result, then I doubt that she can be pleased with anything other than perhaps an actual photograph. Many people can draw but it takes a considerable amount of skill and talent to paint something and more so something that is easily recogniseable as to what it is. In this case it is a horse in a paddock/field with a shed/barn in the background, slightly distant in fact. Keep up the good work Jen as you have heaps of talent.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you so much oldboy! So good to hear from you. I've beenconcerned because I heard about some fires there. I knew you were on a job maybe but still..whewww..nice to get your response.
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
22 Feb 09
Jen we are a long way from the fires thank goodness but due to the exceedingly high temperatures, we were so busy on the farm. We had to pick all the fruit and vegetables which ripened so quickly because of the heat (about 107-112 for several consecutive days). If we hadn't picked it, we would have lost it as in some areas it was actually "cooking in the heat". So all hands on deck, including some of our children coming home for a weekend to help us out. We would pick first thing in the morning, then take a break and do it again very late in the afternoon. My favourite brother and one of our sons rigged up some lighting so we could pick in what was effectively the dark or dusk. Also we rigged up some shade cloth over the more vulnerable fruit and vegetables and moved it from section to section as we completed each one. We did manage to save about 70% of the crop but it cost us dearly to do that of course as we also had to get in a couple of cool rooms in addition too our own. Still we saved enough to meet our contracts and that is the main thing really as our customers will know we are reliable. We also froze so much extra which was starting to turn and the ladies started on the jams and preserves and sauces. So now, the pantry is totally full, air conditioner running all the time to keep everything okay till it cools down. I did some work driving of an evening but only taking other farmers' loads from their paddocks to our depot and another driver had to take it to market or wherever it had to go. I really did need to be on our own farm and my employers were happy with the arrangement as it at least meant the loads were being delivered and all the farmers were trying to save as much of their crops as they could which is why there were also working at night. I did one trip to Sydney, then down to Melbourne and back to Sydney and then home last week. For some days no traffic could do down the Hume Highway in the area of the fires, so those deliveries were way behind which is why I did those trips. I drove through one area where the fires had been - well the very outskirts of it actually. It was quite horrific to see all the destruction and that wasn't even the worst of it. However I have to say that the way people have rallied around donating money, clothes, futniture, toys, food etc is wonderful and makes me very proud to be an Aussie. Thanks for your concern but we are safe, even if a bit tired and hot.
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
21 Feb 09
Hi, i saw that picture.its just wonderful. i think you should sell that picture to the lady...she doesn't deserve a painting like this one in return...
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thank you so much sunil! That's a great vote of confidence because is really the first serious one I've sold. I painted a cartoon character for a friends nursery once but as far as anything like this..I never have. Thanks again.
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
21 Feb 09
you deserve more for that piece of work...
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thanks again!
1 Mar 09
Jen; I like the style, it's a lovely picture but it reminds me I really need to cut my grass! kidding it a-side you should share more. I wished my site had arts, just re-started it and none of the artists have re-join (as of yet) LOL Anyway, send me a friend request if you'd like more crits I'd be more than happy. ~Joey
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
1 Mar 09
Thanks joey_matthews..I've not really done a whole lot of others..just a few for practice purposes. Not having ant classes or anything I've pretty much had to fly by night on how to do this. I have researched a few things on the internet though.My passion is for painting people but as for now..I'm just doing sceneries.Thanks for the interest and take care.
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1 Mar 09
Well you should be very proud! I love drawing myself but when it comes to adding colour, especially paint I turn them from decent art work into something horrible. (believe me) I'll have to keep an eye out for more, especially those of people and it is nice to draw different things. I found it always kept me going when I was younger :) Very pleasant to see art posted on mylot! ~Joey
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
Ok, this is my opinion. If you did not tell me it was a horse, it would take me a lot longer to recognize the subject. If you can give the horse a stronger presence, like shadowing under the jaw line, or brighter colors for the horse itself, then it will stand out. Try to brighten the sky, so that you can also brighten the horse with stronger colors to bring the focus back onto the subject. Otherwise, make it a little fairy like by having some sun rays coming out of the top left or right corner to highlight the presence of the horse. Seriously, when I first saw the picture, I really couldn't make out the horse as the lines defining the horse features are all blurry. Some definitions of the horse's features is seriously lacking. But then again, this is just my point of view. Only you will know better if your customer prefers soft pictures like the one you have painted. Hope it helps.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi ahgong! Thanks for the honesty. Thanks for the tips too. Take care.
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
23 Feb 09
he he... you too.
@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
21 Feb 09
Oh! You are a seasoned painter, your painting looks very good and catchy and I liked it very much. Well done!!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
21 Feb 09
Thank you so much dpk! You are very kind.
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@dpk262006 (56730)
• Delhi, India
23 Feb 09
It is my pleasure!
• United States
24 Dec 10
My opinion? You should have your own show. There is so much movement in this piece. I hope you sent this to your client and she loved it as much as I do Brava!
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
24 Dec 10
Thank you very much! She was very pleased with it. I did modify the barn and I thought it looked alot better.
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