I’m just back from London Road Group, putting some finishing touches to this Shetland pony. Each horse that I paint is a real discovery for me. I’ve not grown up around horses so each one is a challenge and journey. This is the first Shetland I’ve ever painted and it was surprising how they differ from the Shires or ex-racehorses that I’ve worked from previously.

Yes, the colours are a bit crazy. I was working from a reference photo I took one day of my friend’s Shetlands. The sun was very low and was back lighting the horse, resulting in some very strange colours which I couldn’t resist bringing into the painting. It’s a bit crazy but I kinda like it.

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