I'm including a link to an amazing painting titled, "The Old Pensioner" (ca.1875) by Rosa Bonheur because it inspired me as I painted my "Study of a Horse" (2016). Bonheur was very close friends with Bouguereau and Bouguereau even borrowed animals from her private farm. No shock that I like Bonheur's work because of her connection with Bouguereau.
Finished and signed this one. I added a subtle landscape based on pure imagination. I wanted the focus to be all on the horse with a sense of atmosphere. I'm also using a palette with some 19th century pigments and some modern pigments; using Van Dyke brown, Titanium White, etc.
I'm really happy with the way this turned out, but I gotta say it was a struggle up until this final day. The painting becomes very delicate after a certain point and it's easy to overwork it.
Third day of painting, got up early to catch some good light. This painting is coming together nicely. I've got some good textures in the painting, including the metal part of the horse's bridle. I've always liked painting reflected metal because of how challenging it is. A few more sessions on this one and then I'll sign it.