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Mug shot of a Bay horse. I’ve painted full bodies before, but never a close-up face. This painting is acrylic on canvas and has about forty thin layers of paint to give it the depth. It took a long time, but I think it was worth it. From a free photo library image on 40 × 50 cms on stretched box canvas (or chassis, in French).


horse, equine, bay, chestnut, saddle, acrylic


  • Istvan froghunter
    Istvan froghunterover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work Fran!

  • Thanks Istvan. That was a quick reply, I’ve only just uploaded it!!

    – FranEvans

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    Absoltely stunning, Fran….this ol’ boy just glows!!!

  • Thanks so much Marsha! He doesn’t quite glow this much in real life. The yellow ochre background isn’t as pronounced, but I couldn’t find a way to tone it down on photo editor! It just came out that way!

    – FranEvans

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Exquisitely accomplished!

  • Hi Pamela! Hope you and the dogs are OK. Thank so much for the lovely comment!

    – FranEvans

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful work Fran. I don’t think I would have the patience for 40 layers!

  • Neither did I! I was going mad! I hope you are managing with the floods. Sounds awful!!!!

    – FranEvans

  • Dianne  Ilka
    Dianne Ilkaover 3 years ago

    My home is safe from the floods, but the search still goes on in our beautiful Lockyer Valley for the missing.

  • I’m sending positive thoughts and wishing as hard as I can!!!!

    – FranEvans

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 3 years ago

    I am really impressed! Horses are not easy.

  • Thanks so much for this, Julie – I’m thrilled to be featured in this group!

    – FranEvans

  • Baina Masquelier
    Baina Masquelierover 3 years ago

    Well done Fran and congratulations with Bay Horse being featured in Freedom to Shine!

  • Thanks a lot Baina!

    – FranEvans

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Excellent work, love the colours.

  • Thanks so much for your comment Jim!

    – FranEvans

  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature. Stunning work – love it. Michelle

  • Thanks so much Michelle!

    – FranEvans

  • Ken Powers
    Ken Powersover 3 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic tonality! I love the subtle details!

  • Thanks so much for a lovely comment, Ken! I’ve just realised I only used 5 colours in this painting!

    – FranEvans

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