‘Son of Zeus’ oil on canvas horse, style preference, you decide?

I am in need of some help with this one……although it is really to help me with my next horse oil paintings. I have now given a base coat and background wash to four large canvases. They are drying, and I have my photos ready, from the recent photo shoot with Tenor, my friends Andalusian horse. So this recent horse painting is my largest yet 70cmX50cm, it was done in oil, But, I have learnt a big lesson, and something I think I should take note of more often….when to stop, when is a painting actually finished?? Well this is why I need your help, I am going to show you the under painting stage, and the finished end result. I am interested to know which you prefer, I have had mixed feedback from friends, but one is in the lead by a little. I really need to know before I embark on future horse paintings, I guess it is more about a style preference than a question of ‘is a painting finished or not’? I can’t do much about this painting now, but I am interested to know your thoughts.

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‘Son of Zeus’ oil painting, base under paint layer 70cmX50cm

‘Son of Zeus’ oil painting, base under paint layer 70cmX50cm

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‘Son of Zeus’ finished oil painting 70cmX50cm

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About REcreate-RebeccaEvansCreate

My name is Rebecca Evans, living in the New Forest I have been inspired to paint the many animals often seen around me. Having ridden since Childhood, painting equines was a natural path to follow. I use a variety of media, watercolour, oil, charcoal, pastel,inks, plus a few more, infact I will try most things. Choosing the medium to work with can really change the effect of the art, and therefore the character of the animal. Sometimes it is an instant decision, sometimes it is the mood from within me which determines which medium I choose to use. I never know what might inspire me next, but if it’s hairy, I will be sure to try.
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45 Responses to ‘Son of Zeus’ oil on canvas horse, style preference, you decide?

  1. I placed my vote! πŸ˜‰ lovely painting and I think you’re right in it bring a style choice.

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  2. Son of Zeus is beautiful! And I gave my vote! Yes both painting are beautiful but different! For an artist finding your own style and voice is important πŸ˜‰ I hope that my vote will help you in your decision!

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  3. I’ve added my vote. It will be interesting to learn the final results.

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  4. Cathe says:

    They are both beautiful, I fluctuated, no right answer, no wrong answer, just a preference. I wondered which part of the painting you enjoyed most…I voted, I hope it helps.

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  5. beverlydyer says:

    Tough choice. Both beautiful. I’ll be interested to see why people voted for one versus other.

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  6. dawnmarie says:

    If I saw the pictures separately, I would say no preference. Both are great. But seeing them together I prefer the first one. I think it is the higher contrast that appeals to me. A matter of personal taste. Which do you like? You should do what YOU like.

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  7. karenlorenz says:

    I voted, they are so beautiful but love the top one best

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  8. Jacob says:

    I have placed a vote but not after some intense back-and-forth deliberation! I shouldn’t wish to pick one, really, as they both have their charms. I can relate to the whole overworking concept; I find myself grappling with that often (I certainly wouldn’t say the final painting has been spoilt in any way for the extra work, however – it is still magical).

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    • Thank you Jacob, I checked this morning and the WP votes are back to nearly neck and neck, it’s an interesting tool, to do a poll, I am mainly interested, as if I eventually start selling, eek! Then I think it’s important to create work that people want, and of course I enjoy painting, I always think the love shines through in people’s work.

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  9. Snehal Kank says:

    This is beautiful Rebecca! Both have their own uniqness, still i have voted πŸ˜‰

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  10. I voted! Gahhhh, I experience the exact same thing Rebecca- I love the early stages, but lose some of my favourite parts by the end. I voted for the underpainting one, but I must say, your underpainting is so much more refined than mine at a similar stage! And though I voted that, there’s no way I think the underpainted one looks unfinished. Actually, I like the lost and found edges, suggestions of things (like the leg fading out), certainty of others (the facial structure, plus the overall render (the drips). And I think it’s unique in style. I hope you were able to come to a decision! Very brave doing a poll, I’d go round in circles!

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    • Thank you Vicki, the votes are 50/50 at the moment on WP, it’s really interesting as my work poll was 6/13 in favour of the under painting. I have prep’d about six canvases over the last two days, I am aiming to create the more under painting style art, I prefer that one myself, and feel quite angry with myself for loosing that raw look, but hey ho, I just hope I can achieve similar with my other horse photos, or maybe that was a fluke, that I just lost? I have really gone large lately and the largest will be 1 mx70 cm, should be exciting.

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      • Oh em gee arm ache! Well, when you find the way to keep the best bits of the underpainting, let me know! And vice versa! Can’t wait to see the paintings.

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      • I will post them if they work out….oh and if they don’t, he he, having an oil break for a bit, need a rest for the living room, the oils are all on easels, and take up so much room, because of the slow drying they are left hanging around, at least w/c or pastel can be put away at the end of the night.

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  11. Both images are gorgeous. It is like telling the same story in different ways, one is robust and spirited and the other is elegant and refined. Either way it is a beautiful telling and a stunning portrait. Thank you for sharing such beauty.

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    • Thank you for you lovely comments, it is still very split as to each personal preference. I will just paint what I feel, and see what happens to its finished state, I must just learn the less is more rule ( not my favourite saying, as I can’t stick to it v often)

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  12. mulambo28 says:

    I definitely prefer the underpainting. It has much more contrast and color variation. Who’s to say your finished painting is finished? You can always go back and give it back the elements of the underpainting that you like the most.

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    • Thank you, And welcome to my blog. I did try to pull it back a bit, it was much smoother before I called it finished, I really liked the original showing through some off the under painting, which I could not get back, hey ho, I put it down to experience. Have a great day.

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  13. I think both are gorgeous, Rebecca. I would go with the first one, but if they were each shown separately, I may like them both equally. Horses are so hard, but not for you!

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