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Clarrie - Oil Painting by AstridBruning Clarrie - Oil Painting by AstridBruning
36x48" Oil on canvas This was a commission, used a composite of numerous photos. It was a 3 month ordeal but client very happy. It was her father on his horse with his farm and cattle in the background.

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I do not know where to begin. There is so much to look at in this painting. The lighting for one. This is clearly a nice midday. The sunlight is warm and is reflected not only in the use of the lighted areas, but in the colors chosen. I admire the tiny details like the folds in his jeans and shirt. The way things are against the australian stock saddle are perfect between fold and shadow. Same with the back creases in his shirt. Then there is the contrast between the age in his face and smoothness of the face of the horse. This is painted by someone who has a fantastic understanding of how texture really is on a horse and an older person. The horse anatomy is correct in the face. There is no guesswork and nothing is made up.

Then the background just makes me sit in awe! There is just enough detail to show the landscape without taking away from the focus of the painting. It's easy to see the details on the cows without them being overwhelming.

I wish I had the eye to paint like this. This should be the best of DA to say the least. I expect paintings like this in Quarter Horse Journal and 'Art of the West'.
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Blue-Anima Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   General Artist
Very nice clean light... :) 
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
Thank You by KmyGraphic
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Grey8Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
thankyou :iconequineanimation:
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Grey8Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Professional Photographer
You're welcome!
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puddenhead86wmrg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Beautiful work. I love all your paintings.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
thankyou very much for your kind words :iconcuteblushplz:
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TearsofEndearment Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Wow!!!! Beautiful!!!.. I wish I could paint like this.. !!!!!!!GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
thanks for the Wow :iconequineanimation:
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TearsofEndearment Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Student Photographer
Your very welcome!! You deserve it!!!.. :) Your art is absolutely beautiful!!
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TRROL-SJS Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
thankyou :iconheartballoonplz:
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TRROL-SJS Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Alsvidr Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that is really amazing!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
thankyou :iconequineanimation::iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice work good size. i paint in this format too. give you lots of space and creates an epic feel to the work. great composition. good primary focal and secondary nice range of color. my only critique would be your range of value i think your shadows are to low in saturation. the contrast between shadow and high light would be grater in a mid day seen. bring those shadows down would create a more dramatic and in my humble opinion a higher 3D affect. other then that and i say its a slight thing its a fantastic work. i would be proud to have painted it. your realism is fantastic and i do get a nice feel for the personality of the man and his horse has this been varnished yet it dose look a bit sunken perhaps that would heighten the contrast a bit further
Paul
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Irbeus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing artwork!!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
thankyou :iconequineanimation:
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wolfgal04 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
:iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2: :heart:
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BeautifulDesaster Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
Oh, that's an awesome painting!
I really love high-end oilpaintings. Maybe because it is the media I am not able to use to make it look good :D

Since when do you paint with oil?
Is there a difference in using different brands?
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010
thankyou for your awesome comment, I also like paintings where I have trouble with the medium ie watercolour I find the most difficult, and thanks for the :+fav: :iconridingplz::iconshinyheartplz:
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bsbhorsegirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
thankyou very much :iconsmile--plz: :iconridingplz: and thanks for the :+fav: :iconshinyheartplz:
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bsbhorsegirl Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Skipper4 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
:wow: this is amazing<3 i love the horses and the mans expression:) there really great!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
thankyou for your great comment, :iconthankyou1::iconthankyou2:
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Skipper4 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
your quite welcome^^ your an amazing artist<3
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demiveemon Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks great. I really like the cows in the background and the water. The foreground looks very nice as well. :3
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
thanks :iconridingplz: :heart:
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student General Artist
ooh i love it
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
thankyou :iconridingplz: :heart: and thanks for the :+fav: :iconflybynite13:
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student General Artist
Your Welcome ! (:
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Western-Artistry Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
this painting tells a great story
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
thank you very much, a hard working man with his beloved horse in his self achieved empire, very happy and proud (that was my aim). :heart:
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Western-Artistry Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
you are welcome. you sure met your goal.
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Ricky-Roo302 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
What a superb painter you are!!!!! What a splendid portrait!!!!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
What a wonderful compliment,thankyou, 30 years of constant practice and still trying to improve :painter: :heart:
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eirenealetheia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Ah, this kind of stuff brings back memories... :) Glad to see some gorgeous art here with an AUSTRALIAN theme. Love it. :)
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
thankyou for your 'gorgeous' compliment :iconaustraliaplz: :iconridingplz: :heart:
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eirenealetheia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
No problems! :)
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silver-spurs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Oh, wow! Somehow it looks like watercolors to me. Is that an australian saddle? The detail is amazing.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
I think it is,Clarrie is 80 years old and he is Australian and this is probably his favorite saddle. ( probably old and comfortable too). Thanks for the wow comment. Its the australian light that gives it a watercolour look plus the colour of the photograph is not quite right, I have tried adjusting it without success. Thanks for the :+fav: :iconridingplz: :heart:
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silver-spurs Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, I see. Yeah, it's always hard to get the colors across from a photo or scan.
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Tahnja Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, what a gift you have and nothing like photoshop to help an artist in this day! And I AM gobsmacked as well! What a beautiful and warm gift from such a talented artist. The beautiful character of the horse and the man are truly superb. I really love how you made this so special
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Imagine what Leonardo would have done with photoshop. Thankyou very much for your wonderful comment. Is was a gift of love for her (Tania) to thank her for all she had done for me. :heart:
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spectacular work. I love the amount of detail!
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
thankyou for your wonderful comment and the :+fav: :heart:
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andyp89 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009   Photographer
It's interesting to see the various images you incorparated. I would be hopeless with that, i can never get angles & perspective accurate. The light cream colour over the highlights give it a nice warmth.
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October 7, 2009
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EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY
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KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA
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1/128 second
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F/3.2
Focal Length
12 mm
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80
Date Taken
May 19, 2009, 11:14:47 AM
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