Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Goin Dancin-Finished Pastel Portrait

Here is the long awaited finished pastel portrait of Goin' Dancin, a racehorse owned by Lanham Racing. The portrait size is 24" x 36" and was very challenging once I got to the bottom portion with the horse and jockey crossing the finish line. My hubz made a funny comment as I finished up the piece, he said, "I think this is the first painting you have done where you actually got to paint a finish line at the finish line."

The full picture above was digitally photographed by Photographic Works here in Tucson today. They did a fantastic job. Below are 2 detail pics of the horse and jockey that I took with my little camera at the easle......enjoy!

Goin Dancin is pictured here winning a stakes race at Turf Paradise located in Phoenix, AZ. I was able to meet the horse in person and photograph him a few times on and off the track which really helped me capture his expression and personality.
The jockey and horses chest were very challenging as the detail was quite intense in these areas. The jockeys head is no bigger than a quarter to give you an idea of size.


Loretta2 said...

Oh My Gosh...When I saw the full portrait it nearly took my breath away. I have always known you are so-o-o-o-o talented; but this Picture made me want to reach out and touch this horse. Then come in closer and listen to it breathe. He is so life-like I was waiting to hear him snort.

Then to see the horse and jockey at the Finish Line just completes the whole picture as if "Goin' Dancin" is overseeing the race.

You know me well enough to know I'm usually not at a loss for words, but I seem to be stumbling to find the words to express how moved I am by this picture. I'm glad you shared this work with all of us.

Lacey said...

*Beautiful!* What an amazing portrait. Everything about this is perfect. Congrats!

Robert A Vollrath said...

You are so cool! I love all your art and this is another piece of perfection in the work of my favorite artist.

Rob said...

Hi - greetings from the UK. Rob & Abi, your visitors from June.

Fantastic work, love the detail. A change from insects (not really my thing).

Our vacation seems a dim and distant memory.

Working hard and hope to be back some time next year.

Keep up the excellent work.