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Updated 11/2/2020

English Horses - The Hunt, Show Jumping, Eventing and Warmbloods

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"A Bit of a Worry" is now finished. As you can see from yesterday's progress, my time today was spent in adding more details to the areas where I want your eye to linger, and finishing up the loose painterly aspects of the balance of the surface. By this time, the decisions are far more important than those of the first few passes, and how much detail to pull out is crucial. The lessons of learning what to detail up, and what to leave loosely tendered can consume an entire life! I tend to leave a lot of quasi-unfinished areas, that still support he design without taking your eye away form the story. If you squint your eyes at this finished piece and then go back to look at the black and white structure I sent, you'll discover I strayed hardly at all from that design.

Now we have a painting of the backstretch of Del Mar, and one of the daily routines that go on behind the races. Original oil, 12 x 12 inches, US $500

"Skoal" Amazing what you can do when there are four guys scraping your ceilings and tons of noise are coming from your home. The house smells like wet laundry, the ceilings are beautiful, stuff isn't back where it belongs yet, but I had a lot of fun focusing on the back pocket of this shoer. This is a 12 x 16 oil on linen, and is from the San Juan Capistrano arena, where they held a major show a while back. The painting is also known as "Quick Repair" $500

"Pacing the Hounds" This was an acrylic I started as a demo for the acrylic workshop in Kentucky, but didn't get enough time to finish it. So here it is today, in al almost finished state. I will detail out more on the horse at a later time, but this is the "feel" I wanted to get from the start. I had a wonderful ride today on Raindance (my mare) and it was an overcast day, just like this one. I like the feeling of "lift" on the horse and rider. Of course, the color is a great red-orange/blue-green complementary. Original acrylic, 9 x 12 inches $350

"Misty Hunt"  It is so much "fun" to pack. Truly an adventure of discovery! I'm finding in my archives some paintings not on the web site--some starts that I never finished, and some I think are candidates for frisbee championships! (That means they'll go some distance before hitting the dirt of the pasture!)  Today's painting is one I started as a demonstration painting in Kentucky a year or so ago, during a workshop. I was asked to depict mist using my color system.  It came back with me, unfinished, a 9 x 12, and never saw the light of day after that.  Today, as I was packing a box of 9 x 12s, it popped up and said, "I'm ready to be finished now."  
  So here he is, the mist and the hounds, two riders, and trees.  $375 unframed.
"Near the Art Studio, KHP" The horse in the pasture I think is Cigar, in a painting done as a demonstration during one of my AAEA Kentucky workshops. Nothing like those beautiful clouds in Kentucky! Original oil on canvas panel, 16 x 20 inches US $ 625 Contact Elin
"Legs" Today's painting is a controlled value painting to showcase the legs of these creatures--both horse and human. Original 9 x 12 oil on board, from material secured at the Draft Horse Classic. US $ 425 directly from the artist.
"To the Ring" In Elin's new DVD giving instruction on how to paint noon light, this white horse bound for the exhibition arena gives the artist an opportunity to show how to paint white objects with all their reflections, and also to depict overhead light correctly. Original oil on board, 12 x 16, exhibited in the Animals in Art show at the Louisiana Veterinary College. $600 Email

"Hi-Tech Horse #2" this is a beautiful piece of drawing combined with acrylic paints and handmade paper with a complimentary color scheme depicting a rider bedecked with cell phone and beeper, ready to enter the ring for a schooling show.  Original painting, 12 x 9 inches. US $200


"Rolex Rush" During Rolex, the horses and riders race against the clock to get as close as possible to the optimal time for completing the course. One of the riders is shown here making up time. They grease the legs of the horses to allow them to slip over the jumps in case of a close call. Original acrylic on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, US $ 700 Purchase from Elin
"Backlit White Hunter" During Rolex, many volunteers on horseback would blow whistles as the riders approached their area of the course. This rider was beautifully back-lit on her gray/white horse. Original oil on board, 12 x 12 inches US$600 Purchase from Elin
"Redcoat, Before the Jump Off" The first of the paintings for the Walter Foster book, and also the COVER! For the chapter outlining how Elin paints white horses, this acrylic painting has the wonderful color and glow--but in acrylic! An original measuring 12 x 9 inches, it can be yours for US $ 850. Contact the artist.

"Washing Sox with Mr. Red Shirt" The second in the series of thirteen paintings going into the Walter Foster book on painting horses using acrylics, this is for the chapter of on-location painting. Original acrylic, 9 x 12 inches, US $850 Contact the artist.

"Cinch Work" After I was accepted into the American Academy of Equine Art, my horse paintings have focused more closely on accurate anatomy.  But I can also paint a decent human figure, showing that well in this work.  I spent a morning around the big show hunters in Indio, and this painting resulted from those hours.  Original Oil on Canvas, 16 x 20 inches US$440 Purchase from the artist 

"Snow Run" More horses!  And backlit it is, with beautiful light as I paint hunt scenes, with the rider and hounds traversing the landscape on this brisk snowy morning!  Original oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches US $ 650 Email to purchase or inquire.

"Snow Serenade"    Here's a horse that's feeling the joy and pleasure of being let out to run after a snowfall.  All four feet are lifted off the snow in that fleeting moment of the gallop.  This painting has a beautiful back light, glowing through the snow and on the horse.  Original oil, 30 x 40 inches. US$ 2150 email Elin about this work.

"Baby Paint" When the folks over at Walter Foster saw my "Baby Bay" painting, they asked if I could do one in acrylics, and make it a paint, to show how I paint foals. Not a problem! Here's the 12 x 12 acrylic that will be published in January 2005 showing this coloration in a tri-color bay pinto! Original acrylic, US $ 700 Contact the artist.

"Looking Back, Mare and Foal" For the book on painting Horses in Acrylics (due out January 2005), Elin painted this 12 x 16 image of a mare and her foal to show the size relationships between them. Original acrylic, US $ 450 Inquiries