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The Perfect Gift

by Lynne
(Canada)

Julia and Chase

Julia and Chase

My granddaughters recently received their first horse. This is the eldest Julia showing just how she feels about her dream coming true. I didn't have any major problems with this painting except that I know nothing of equine anatomy and had to guess sometimes.

I had some angst about whether or not to include the tree on the right which was in the photo. On one hand it is dark and distracting and on the other, it provides some interesting shapes and seems to cradle the horse and child. It all depends on your point of view.

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Mar 25, 2014
Would love to see NEW
by: Anonymous

Would love to see it with the color lifted from tree. It could make a dramatic difference. Yes, painting can be terrifying.

Dec 07, 2009
Thank you
by: Lynne

Thank you for all the suggestions. What a horrible moment that is when you put paint to paper and too late you realize it was a mistake! I am going to lighten the tree and see if that improves the painting but I doubt that my granddaughter will care. All she will see is her horse...

Dec 07, 2009
The perfect gift
by: Shirley

I agree with mary Ann it is worth lifting off some of the colour on the tree trunk with a wet seasponge so part of the trunk is light "on the side the light is coming from it is a shame the tree cuts corners but at least it is leading in. well done what a wonderful painting really is special.

Dec 07, 2009
Horse and Child
by: Anonymous

I love the painting but would have left the tree out.

Dec 07, 2009
Horse and Child
by: Anonymous

It's a beautiful painting but I would have left out the tree.

Dec 07, 2009
Thank you Mary Ann
by: Lynne

I have a lot to learn about values. Some of my mistakes are due to timidity with color but I hope that will improve with experience. Thanks for the invaluable tips! They are very much appreciated.

Dec 07, 2009
PERFECT GIFT
by: MARY ANN

You did a fine job on the horse, but the child pales in comparison. She needs a bit more color in her face and body in order to counteract the strength of the horse and the tree. You could start by lifting some of the color of the tree so that it is not so strong.

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