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Shire Horse Charcoal Sketch (WIP). 14x20, charcoal on paper. 2017 As I've done for the past few years, I decided to start the year with an animal painting. I've had a horse that I saw at Ayrshire Farm in VA in my mind for a while and thought this might be a good time to see what I could do with him.

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Late Morning. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016 I've been working at this painting on-and-off for a couple of months. Needless to say it has been through a few revisions by now, but I think it's finally reached a state where I feel comfortable showing it. Although this is strictly a studio work, it's

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Retired. 20x24, oil on linen. 2015-16 Finally! I managed to finish a painting that has been sitting around in my studio for ages. This was originally posted as a WIP here: http://www.portraitsbysimonbland.com/blog/post/retired-a-horse-at-little-fiddlers-green I started wok on this last summer. When

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Grazing. 11x14, oil on linen. 2016 It has been a long time since I started a larger-size landscape (if I remember correctly, the last one didn't turn out so well). I based this on one of the color studies that I recently posted, adding a couple of horses that I rustled from another locatio

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Block In for New Horse Portrait. 24x20, oil on linen. 2015 This is the block in for the commissioned horse portrait I'm currently working on. I did this in two stages: a careful drawing and separation of the light and shadow with raw umber, and when that had dried I applied layers of terra rosa/yell

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