Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sun Seeker - Gypsy Vanner horse SOLD

'Sun Seeker'  - gypsy vanner SOLD
5 x 7 inch oil on masonite

“Yours is the light by which my spirit's born: - you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― E.E. Cummings

Backlighting on a white horse is pretty much an ideal painting waiting to happen for me. The sunlight shining through that thick white mane created some truly beautiful colors that I could not wait to paint. I also really, really love that beautiful black head contrasted against the rest of his white body. I may do a full body painting of this boy in the future so you'll see that he does have more black spots than just this one. :)

I always worry that maybe I use color a little too. . . liberally, but that's just how I see things and I love color, so there you go. I think I should probably just embrace this fact of my painting style instead of stress over it. 

In any case I like how this turned out. And I am finding that the more I paint with oils the easier it is for me to mix colors vibrantly in a way that is very similar to my watercolor palette. I feel like with each oil painting I am discovering more about how I paint, and how I want to paint. I think that's why I'm using them so much right now. Lots to discover and learn and that keeps me motivated. It's when things start to feel routine that I start to get blocked I think. Found that out the hard way. ;) 

Reference photo, with thanks, by Notorious Stock on deviantART.


  1. Pura potencia y expresión siempre en tus pinturas.

    Un abrazo desde Chile.

  2. Beautyful with the backgroundcolour in the eyes!

  3. I LOVE the colors that you bring into your work. Other artists might use those same colors and it wouldn't have the same effect. When you use them, it speaks your voice and you know exactly what colors you want to place where. It's magic, Crystal, truly. Your work is special and it's your relationship with color that makes it so. This piece is wonderful!

  4. This is truly beautiful, Crystal!. At first glance, I thought it was watercolor..your work is amazing! I love the way the sun shines through him...

  5. I definitely wouldn't stress about it! It's what makes your paintings sing to me! Your painting style is so vibrant and wonderful, I wouldn't change a thing. The horse is beautiful! Ive never seen a white horse with a black head before :0)

  6. Color makes this work stand out. It appears to be coming out straight from a mythological story !

  7. Do stop stressing, for your brilliant use of colour is part of you. This piece is fierce! love the name too

  8. Such a dynamic and fluid motion. I see the colour as part of the passion ... but yet... in the midst: that calm. measuring all seeing eye.

    It's got it all, Crystal

  9. So beautiful. I love the background contrasted with the color of the horse, and how it filters through the mane. The title is perfect: Sun Seeker. You really get the feeling of a horse racing into the sun.


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