Mack Truck – Commissioned Work

October 25th, 2009
by billyt
Portrait of Mack Truck

Portrait of Mack Truck

I was approached to do a commission, for a lady at Hope Forest, of a horse called Mack Truck.  I was given a few photographs and did some preliminary sketches and thought the photo of Mack Truck jumping over a hurdle would be a good one to do.  So I did a colour sketch of that and then decided to plot a course for the horses head painting.  This went so well without any preliminary sketches that I sent a photo of it by email to the lady and she loved it and bought it.  I decided not to put any trees or background behind the horses head as it would have detracted the eye away from Mack Truck.   This is my first venture into doing a portrait of a horse and I am well pleased with it just as my client was also.

I have done horses racing lots of times but this is something new for me and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to paint Mack Truck.   If you go to my website you will see the pastel paintings of horse races both here and in Queensland where they run around the track in a different direction.

Mack Truck in action

Mack Truck in action

I bought a book about horses and have redone the one of Mack Truck jumping over the hurdle.  The hind legs were a bit muzzy in the photograph and with the help of the pictures in the book I was able to finish them off properly.

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  • Pallu says:

    i’m so glad you had such a wonderful trip home fielld with so many great memories. those photos of mack are amazing – his eyes are beautiful and so so blue. i love the photo of him and b at the parade (his bib is adorable)!ahh, utah. i can’t wait to go back again someday. have a relaxing night, carlia!thank you for all your love. <3xoxoxmaria

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