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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

John Boy - the secret birthday gift

John Boy
c 64 x 74 cms
Framed Oil
Karen contacted me back in August about having a portrait created of her husband Jeff's horse John Boy. John Boy is now 32 and looking a bit worse for wear so she was hoping I could make him look a bit younger. 

Here he is today
Luckily we had a 1970/80's photo of him in a lovely pose. 
The photo was taken in overcast conditions and when I enlarged it to see his eyes etc for detail it was blurry so I had Karen take additional photos of John Boy as he is now so I had detail for his eyes and the saddle.
Jeff was on him in the earlier photo but we wanted to have him riderless in his portrait. I needed photos of the saddle to help me paint the area Jeff 's body was covering in the ref photo.See below-

Closeup you can see the lack of detail for his face
in the photo 

Here is a lovely letter Karen sent me that  tells of her experience.

' I am writing this letter the night prior to giving Jeff his birthday gift of the beautiful portrait you painted of John Boy.

 I have been patiently waiting 65 days since he arrived to be able to give to and see Jeff's reaction. When I opened the package and saw the portrait , my response was one of ' Wow he is absolutely spectacular ! I knew once I saw the portrait in the flesh I would love him.'

I couldn't stop admiring him but had to package him back up and wait!

Your total process from the commencement till the finished product cannot be faltered. Your enthusiasm and desire to ensure the portrait is to the best of your ability is evident throughout the process and is a testament to your commitment to each piece you create.

The day !

' I was so excited about giving the portrait to Jeff. Finally the moment had arrived and the unveiling was taking place. He was actually speechless when he saw it.It seemed like he didn't say anything for an eternity. 

His expression was one of full emotion, it moved him that much. He didn't need to say anything his face said it all. He was , is , so delighted with it.
You truly have a wonderful gift and I hope you enjoy the accolades you receive and so deserve , as much as the enjoyment we have of the finished piece of art you have created for our family.
Once again thankyou Sue.

With our heartfelt thanks , 
 Karen & Jeff

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