This is Gerke and he is a most handsome Friesian Horse and I was thrilled to be painting him.  Commissioned to a size of 12″ x 16″ a perfect proportional aspect for a horse. 

The client and I discussed various options for background colour.  The photograph was taken in a yard with bright sunlights.  So we therefore agreed warm colourful tonal shades would be perfect.  It really depends on your taste as to what colours you would like. Some colours won’t suit certain subjects for whatever reason this is where a mock up is really useful. A client can then have a pretty good idea of how a painting will look. It will not be an exact replica but as close to.