Was commissioned to paint a memorial portrait of a gorgeous horse - by a friend of the owner - and while it was fun, it was also challenging and a lesson as to why we need to ask for several reference photos as the photo of choice may be deceiving. Here's an example:
Photo of desired pose for the painting:
Beautiful brownish/gray horse, right?
Here's a photo whose colors are not blown out:
He's actually more black/brown than brown/gray.
But I was happy with the final outcome and hope the owner is pleased. (I added his gorgeous white tail that was in yet another photo).
4/3/18 Update: The owner wrote to me after receiving the painting and it makes me so happy:
I am shedding tears of "thanks and joy" to you. And I know Sherman approves as well. He was so very special and we knew each other so well. You got his "eye" right -- it shows his intelligence and kindness.
All of these paintings were based on the amazing photography of Sei Nakatugawa, who kindly offers them to artists as copyright free reference subjects. There are many more to come. Please visit my Gallery to see if they are available.