Sunday, July 08, 2012


Close ups

LinkLinkOil on 6x6 canvas panel.

This is my contribution to this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. Maureen was the hostess who supplied a lot of great reference photos!

I picked the two young horses...I believe they're called yearlings at this stage. Muz-nuz is my invented word for muzzle nuzzling. A pretty endearing shot.

Developing a background is always an interesting challenge to me. This is one that I hope enhances the mood of the painting in an uplifting, colorful way without competing with the subjects.
Hope ya like it! Comments please...:)

My Etsy

Matthew 17:20 Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. "


  1. excellent, Dean....can't believe you can work so small!

  2. You did a great job with the background. Harmonizes well and yet a has a feeling of depth.
    The eye is fabulous. My eye went right there.

  3. Dean, you did a great job with the muz-nuz, and I love that term! The bay's head angle is not an easy one to get, and you portrayed it very well.

  4. I love your word invention, Dean! My twin granddaughters, always around horses will surely "adopt" this word and will love using it! As always, your painting technique is faultless!

  5. I think that background is timeless and magnificent, and an oh so perfect backdrop for these gorgeous ponies. Another wonderfully painted piece, Dean!

  6. Love this painting, Dean!! Beautifully done, and I love the background as well.

  7. Sweet name and a sweet image. I like the way you handled the background, gives the feel of leaves maybe without taking anything away from the horses.

  8. my favorite well composed!


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