For several days, I was busy getting ready for an art show, which took place last Sunday. Now it is over, and I am back to my daily painting routine. I have nine pet portrait commissions to finish in the next couple of weeks, so you will be seeing a pet portrait a day, even during the Thanksgiving holiday!
"Dylan and Chipper" is for Susan. Her daughter, Dylan, has been begging for a portrait of Chipper. Among the pictures Susan sent me, I liked the one with the 11-year-old horse enthusiast and Chipper, so it became not just of a horse painting, but a painting of the ride and rider. Don't you love the chemistry between the two? Dylan was wearing a black shirt and a black hat in the picture, which were turned into a red shirt and a white hat for the painting. Now the picture sings!
Chipper is a 11-year-old American Quarter Horse. "Cashing in the Chips" is his registered name; Chipper is his barn name. An animal psychic told the family that he knows he is a "one handsome dude."! He is happy to be owned and have "his person". He believes his job is to babysit Dylan and he takes it very seriously.
In his youth Chipper was a world champion in both Western Pleasure and English HUS. Dylan competes on him in both disciplines. He loves to show, because people are finally acknowledging his beauty and athleticism.