First Kiss

"First Kiss" 16" x 20" pastel on velour

“First Kiss” 16″ x 20″ pastel on velour

One of my latest paintings and entries for the upcoming Draft Horse Classic “Art at the Classic” This is ‘First Kiss’. I was inspired to paint this beautiful moment when I first saw the reference photo by Sarah Mae Beatty on the Draft Horse Facebook page. I immediately contacted Sarah for permission to use the photo as reference, which she gave me. Unfortunately, the horse… a white Draft named Dolly… had recently passed away and Sarah thought it would be a spectacular way to remember her. That said… I wanted to create as grand a memorial piece of this tender moment for Dolly and Sarah’s daughter as I could.

I tried a few new techniques with this painting, using colors that I normally have not tried with a white horse. I started with some yellow and purple colors in the base layers and slowly added different shades of grey and finally a layer of soft white to bring out the highlights in Dolly’s coat. Since there were so many cool colors in the background and on the horse, I decided to try to warm things up a bit with the girls dress, adding a small amount of the orange to the horse. I was really excited to see it all come together in the end and I feel very good about the outcome of the entire painting. I’m entering it in a couple of upcoming art shows… so we’ll see what the jury and judge think about it.

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