I had one done of my gelding and it turned out very well. In fact, it serves as the focal point of our living room. The artist is a friend who does illustrations for children's novels, so I was familiar with her work.
He was a grey, and she said it was one of the most difficult paintings she'd ever done -- until I commissioned her to do one for my wife of her big fat fluffy white cat.
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I do! I actually had the same concern as you, but mine was given to me as a college graduation gift from my barnmates, so I had no idea and nothing to worry about! Just a pleasant surprise! And mine turned out AWESOME:
I have 2.
One is a pastel portrait done by a former trainer's very talented Dad from a photo.
It absolutely nails my TB's personality and the only quarrel I have is trainer directed Dad to add a cooler in his (trainer's) colors
The 2nd is a charcoal portrait of DH's TWH done by a shareboarder.
It is really well-done if not totally professional-looking and the resemblence is Spot On.
Both hang in my LR, framed and where I can see them always.
Since both horses are gone, I'm glad I have these momentos
As long as you ask to see some of the artist's work - photos and finished products like TwoDreamRides linked - you should know what to expect.
I wish I had a portrait of my late TWH and some day I'll find a decent photo to have one done.
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I saw her work at Equine Affair this year and was really impressed. I love her style and her work is incredibly beautiful in person. On her site she talks about how her goal isn't to just copy a picture you provide her with, but to capture the animal's personality in the painting.
I had a pastel headshot done of my gelding - it's one of my most prized possessions. I had it done by Jennifer Pratt - in fact I wish to get another one done of my other gelding but don't have the funds to do so right now.
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My Dd did a head study of the pony in watercolor. It's not exactly him, the markings aren't right, and she did it in a sort of negative color, but when I saw it I was impressed. She did it as a gift for one of her friends who had to give up her horse when her family moved.
My friend from when I was a kid did an abstract of their ponies later in life and her sister still has it hung in the living room. You just have to look at the artist's work and see if you like the feel of it, and then hope you've chosen well. Photographs can be really gorgeous as well, how about a portrait session?
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I had an oil done that turned out great.
I mailed the artist a bunch of photos of my mare and she would email me pics of the painting as it was in progress. There were several things that I had her change as she went along (for example she started doing a braided mane, but it would have been on the wrong side, so she undid it)...she created an original painting, and didn't just recreate a photograph that I sent, which I thought was really cool.
A co-worker once asked if she could do a painting of my horse for an art project for a class she was taking in adult ed. I was all psyched and had several pics taken for her and was looking forward to getting a painting of her. I asked if she would not paint me in the pic but picture her standing out in a field or something.
Well, what I got back was the most god-aweful picture I had ever seen I was so shocked I was without words. A 5 year old could have done better. There was this big bulbous body with skinny legs with no muscle/tendon definition so the whole thing was painted the same shade of brown. And get this, she didn't paint me in the pic but she did paint the lead rope, defying the laws of gravity and sticking out into space
My DH and I used to pull it out every once in a while for a good laugh until I ceremoniously burned it. It was appalling but funny as hell.
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My house is littered with horse portraits, in fact there's only one painting in the wall that is not a horse. Most are ones I've done, and a few are from artist friends.
I work in gouache, or chalk pastels.
In my dreams, I would love one above the mantle. Alas, poor non-horsey husband probably has other ideas. IF I were to commission someone, my friend Katherine duplicates photographs in the most lifelike way I have ever seen on canvas. http://www.katherineschuber.com/ Shameless plug for her. Based in Athens, GA.
We bought one of her prints and decided to have her do the portraits when we found out that she would do commissioned work. The pastels are really nice and cheaper than getting oil paintings which is why we were able to afford three.
Our own CTanner is doing a work of Nanny Pony. Her style is not traditional, more impressionistic or eclectic. I love it and have two others by her... Mapleshade just bought a three paneled large oil from her .. If the style works for you she is amazing.