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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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Tater and Madeleine. 16x20, oil on linen. 2016 Here's a look at the latest portrait that I'm just finishing. It was originally intended to be a sketch, but all the ideas that I worked on in the design stage eventually coalesced into this more finished affair. The reference photos were taken inside w

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Red. 11x14, oil on linen. 2016 This portrait of Red was finished last week. Like many commissioned portraits he got a few little tweaks once his owners had had a chance to see a preview of the painting. I used the Ned Jacob palette for most of the colors, together with some burnt sienna (mixed with

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Chicken. 12x12, oil on linen panel. 2016. Here's the latest off the easel. It's based on a study I did last month, which you can see on the blog here. I'm trying to get ready for an art fair/show in Seattle in early August, called Magnolia Summerfest. It will be the first real event I've done in the

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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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