Alecia Underhill, Equine Artist, talks about the art of painting horses and the life of an artist.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The Not for Sale Paintings
Liquid Refreshment, oil on board, 16 x 20 in.
This is a special piece to me, my mare stopping for a drink during a long trail ride in the Arcadia Management area in Rhode Island. I have fond memories of long hours spent on those beautiful trails. Sometimes I rode alone, sometimes with friends, but together, Niqui and I explored every inch of that state forest. Niqui is 24 now, and our rides are much shorter. I will never have the opportunity to ride her in Arcadia again, but this painting hangs in my living room as a reminder of those good times.
Niqui has been my muse for many of my paintings, most of which are for sale, or have sold.
Murphy, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
My first dog, a loveable golden/collie mix, who chewed rocks, took off at the least opportunity and would only come back if I got in the car and drove down the road, yet was so sweet and mild-mannered.
"Cheerio, Run!" 18 x 36 in. oil on canvas
My beautiful English Shepherd girl, chasing a ball in the spring sun. This one hangs on a wall of my bedroom, where I see it upon waking up in the morning.
If you have an animal in your life that means the world to you, don't delay in commissioning a special portrait. Don't wait until it is too late. Photographs are lovely, but a painting can capture a quality in the animal that a photograph may not.