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.