At the request of Marianne, I was tasked with creating a one-of-a-kind portrait of her beloved Bay Horse, Louie. Marianne asked if I was able to take some photographs of him which I could then use for the reference. I do not drive, so this is not a service I offer. However, I was fortunate enough that my father was visiting, and he generously offered to drive me meet Louie at his stables in Morpeth, Northumberland. This unexpected turn of events not only allowed me to finally meet Louie in person, but also gave me the opportunity to take some beautiful pictures of him, as well as get to know him on a more personal level.
I enjoy incorporating fine detail into my acrylic paintings, which can result in me spending a considerable amount of time fine-tuning and making adjustments. I sometimes over-correct, but this is a habit I try to minimise. Take a closer look at the painting of Louie. You can appreciate all the intricate details included. Meeting Louie in person helped capture his unique features.
Marianne wanted a frame with glass, which meant I didn't have to put any varnish on the painting. When selecting a frame for a large painting, choosing a wider frame is ideal for keeping it from appearing disproportionate. However, the width of the frame ultimately depends on personal preference. Since Marianne requested glass, a wide frame will provide more stability for the painting and the glass. After considering her options, Marianne decided on the Saltergate Silver moulding, which is 64mm wide and has a matte black colour with thin silver inner piping.
" Thank you Karen for taking the time to come up and photo shoot Lou and for the time and detailed work put into creating his portrait.
I now have Lou at home on the wall as well as at the yard. Thank you! So worth waiting for. I had not noticed his beauty spots lately, so thanks for capturing the real life likeness. "
Marianne specifically requested that the painting be framed with UV glass for extra protection. It's worth noting that acrylics, similar to oils, are safeguarded by varnish, and glass is only recommended in cases where the painting requires high protection.