Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Briley, originally uploaded by debifitz.

pastel on PastelMat
private collection

Done! This portrait has already shipped out... and come back again :( the client wants Briley to be blacker.... This was the color of his photo. And I think it looks great! I am afraid it will become flatter the darker I make it. It is so had to put detail into the shadows of a black animal. But I am not the one that is going to be living with it... and I want the client to be happy... so blacker it will be. But it will have to wait till after the holidays. I will post the change on here...


  1. Oh I feel for you Debi. Its such a beautiful portrait.
    This is the downside of working from photos of course but surely the client could have let you know the horse was blacker than depicted in the reference.

  2. I actually took the photos! So I personally know the horse is a dark bay. I took the photos in the spring and he may not have been as dark as he gets later in the year... but yes, it would have been nice if she would have told me that she wanted him blacker in the beginning!