Sunday, 9 March 2014

Soulful - Horse's eye in gouache

Souful Horse's eye in gouache NicseARTh
'Soulful' - Horse's eye in gouache 33 x 22.5cm

So, I promised myself this year that I'd spent my time online more productively and what with all the parcels arriving on a pretty much daily basis, you can't argue that I haven't been productive in my online shopping habit.  However, I mean more along the lines of making money from selling my art than spending money on must have items on Ebay!

With that in mind, I googled how to add SEO (search engine optimisation) to my blog in the simplest way possible - I'm many things but technically savvy enough to write computer code is not one of them.  

So, I learnt that as far as pictures on your blog are concerned, if you want them picked up by search engines then it's actually really very easy - right click on the picture and click on 'properties' then give the picture a title which sums up what it is 'Horse's eye painted in gouache ought to do it for this one. Then if anyone happens to search for an image of a horse's eye this picture has a good chance of being in the results - another way for folk who might not otherwise come across your blog to discover your work. 

Also the title of your blog posts is important if you want the search engines to notice you.  So, no more trying to be inventive or intriguing with my titles.  Instead, I will be calling a spade, a spade (or an effing shovel as they say in my home town) and my title will literally say what the post is about - in this case, my most recent painting in gouache of a close up of a horse's amazingly beautiful eye. 

This is taken from a really lovely reference photo on Paint My Photo taken by Ruth Archer and it has a sad story attached to it. The horse in the photo was called Humphrey, he'd been extremely ill and the weekend the photo was taken was unfortunately his last.  When I saw the photo, even before I knew the sad story behind it, I knew I wanted to paint it. As anyone who knows me knows, animals' eyes are my 'thing' - I just adore the depth and soul reflected back at us and this one was so very beautiful.

As my friend Sandra would say, this is another of those distance paintings (that is, it looks better from a distance!)

Here are the stages it went through:

Session 1 - 18 Feb 14

Session 2 - 20 Feb 14

Session 3 - 23 Feb 14

Session 4 - 25 Feb 14

Session 5 - 26 Feb 14

Session 6 - 2 Mar 14

Session 7 - 3 Mar 14

Session 8 - 7 Mar 14

Session 9 - 8 Mar 14

Session 10 - 9 Mar 14 - final piece

I worked at each session for between 2 - 4 hours even though it looks like very little has changed between some of these pictures - there were many, many layers of hair!

31 comments:

  1. AWESOME in the extreme !!! LUV this xoxoxox

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  2. Incredible painting, so detailed! I love your photos of the Northern Lights too, I've just been writing about them for work and would love to see them myself. Little too far away down here in the South West though!

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  3. wonderfully executed!! The seal you did recently had melting eyes and this follows, you paint eyes so beautifully. I love the spidery hair detail and I also like the watery background. It reminds me of a monet like style. This painting seems to combine your pointillist acrylic techniques which I love and your wonderfully detailed gouache work. You are so clever!!

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  4. This is absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job with the eye. You captured so much expression. And the info about search engines was great too. I didn't know any of that!! So thanks! ;-)

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  5. Nic, this piece is absolutely beautiful! The eyes remind me of a horse sketch a young boy did for me when I was little girl. He used to live behind me and his parents divorced, forcing him to move to another state. I was heartbroken! Awww anyway, lovely. :)

    Sunday Sketches (and my blog) is now located at: www.bluechairdiary.com/blog/
    Would love to see you join us again. You work is utterly inspiring! :)

    xo

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  6. WOWZA!!! Stunning work, Nic! The eye is mesmerising!

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  7. Humphrey is really lovely, his eye tells lots of stories. Fabulous! A lesson in SEO over gingernuts for me please!

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  8. BEAUTIFUL work, it is just amazing! Colours, details. Great beauty! Thank you for sharing your art and blogging tips!

    http://agagasiniak.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. wow Nic your painting is totally fabulous, tried gouache once and never got results like this. Wonderful artwork.
    Annette x

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  10. Absolutely wonderful, fantastic and all other adjectives I can think of. Just the idea of focussing so closely on just the idea is lovely, and those eyelashes, so delicate, look perfect.

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  11. really very nice!! soulful is a very good title here!

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  12. Wow Nic! Looks like we've BOTH been busy revamping our blogs! Yours looks gorgeous! I love the colour and the new banner too... Suddenly mine looks really boring... humph!
    As for the horse... well he is just beautiful. I zoomed right in to the eye and you can see so much of what's reflected. Truly gorgeous!! :0)

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  13. Beautiful painting and thanks for the tips on how to get found on the internet.

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  14. Beautiful painting and thanks for the tips on how to get found on the internet.

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  15. brilliant and striking painting Nic! You truly do feel the souls of the animals you paint, and you can see it in their eyes especially. Really beautiful details in this beauty's eye.

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  16. Another amazing painting of an eye. You have so much talent for this! And thnx for explaining about SEO. I've tried to do some research myself too, but it's complicated..... Gotta think more about my titles now ... ;-)

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  17. Wow beautiful! The reflections on the eye made it so alive. All that detail on the hair is amazing. Another great painting.
    Thanks for the SEO tips. I will try to keep that in mind.

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  18. Back to say Happy PPF, Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Nic your painting is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the process with us. It is such a great reminder to me of how much time and effort goes into a really beautiful painting. I tend to want to do everything fast and I need to slow down. Thank you also for the information on search engines. It was a huge help.

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  20. Very soulful. A horse is a magnificent creature with the most beautiful eyes and you've truly captured it. Beautiful work Nic. Happy PPF.

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  21. You definitely captured the soul of Humphrey... I love the contrast between the very detailed foreground and the soft blurred background - it creates a beautiful effect! (I also really enjoy seeing the progress pics)
    xo
    Kristin

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  22. This is truly amazing art! Love "Soulful" .
    Thanks for sharing on the SEO.

    Annabelle : )

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  23. Gorgeous yet sad eye. I understand your animal connection....I feel the same about children and animals! Thank you for all the terrific info.!
    Very interesting post! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  24. Beautiful painting, all the patience you have in creating your work certainly paid off in this deep and soulful horses eye, it makes me think he knew his time was coming to an end RIP Humpfey

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  25. gorgeous! and i love horses...happy PPF!

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  26. Gorgeous painting!

    Smiles, Saskia :)

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  27. So beautiful and what a perfect name for the painting.

    Thank you for being such a great part of PPF, Nic.

    xo
    EVA

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  28. Oh this is just beautiful! Love the composition, the colours, and the details. And so good to see all the different stages.

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