Saturday, 25 July 2015

Archie Goes Home, and the Perils of Inclement Weather.

Part way up the route northwards, I arranged for Archie's owner to collect him from where I stopped off to photograph some horses and stay over.
Archie is part of the family that have the very precious Princess Rosie (see the link at the end of the paragraph), and watched our antics photographing her in a car park with great bemusement.
He of course, was excellent to work with, and took no time at all to photograph, which nearly balanced out Rosie!

Because Archie's coat is so wiry, I worked mostly in line from the very start with very little solid colour, as sometimes pastels can be limiting when trying to work a lot of 'hair' strokes on top of fixed block colour. It's given the piece a slightly different feel, but I like it.
More importantly, so did Val, although she did cry again, she was quick to reassure people present it was because she liked the portrait.

Thankfully, I was also forgiven for getting so engrossed in photographing horses that I completely forgot to look out for her arrival and she had to wait in the pub up the road.

This is a picture of the finished framed up artwork, and I'm distraught that the wholesalers no longer supply this brilliant hockey stick veneer moulding, which was just the best for small dogs!

I then whizzed on up to Scotland to photograph more horses the next morning where we woke up to horrendous weather. One poor client had spent the early morning removing sheep from what was now a totally submerged field, and a local village, Alyth, was completely flooded with cars being swept away! I was very lucky as the rain stopped for the hour I needed, and the photos have all worked out really well.

I headed down south of Edinburgh, and by now the rain had turned to wind. It's not usually a problem with horses, and sometimes it helps to perk them up a bit, however I'll sign off with some photos of why Shetland ponies and wind don't mix well! :-D

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