|"high plains rider"|
|photo for "high plains rider"|
this first photo of the horse and rider was originally facing the other way but i scanned it into photoshop elements and spun it 180 degrees along its vertical axis to get the shown image. i added some prairie and the tetons to finish it off. i like these because there is a ready supply of material and the model can't go running off if you just want to stop for a while...even a day or two. also one can play with the color scheme as the ones i use are black and white.
the next is "roughrider one" taken from a photo of teddy roosevelt and his steed. i made the figure a bit too large and ended without much in the way of background to add any type of landscape. this could be a fault or an advantage depending on the actual intent...figure or landscape.
i have included this next painting to hopefully show that doing paintings from photos (at least in my hands) doesn't have the same presence that painting from life. this painting of "emma and her cowboy boots" was from a live model done in a workshop in jackson with charles reid. i think it feels more "alive" and "real". it does suffer, however, in that emma dissappeared after the session and a photo will not.
|"emma and her cowboy boots"|
i hope this has shown that doing these types of paintings is fun, can be done from a wealth of readily available material, but is fraught with potential copyright issues. this latter would probably make me only use these for my own personal growth, educational purposes and never for a competition/show or for profit.
please feel free to post comments, etc..