Friday, June 26, 2009

Soulful Studios - Horse Portrait - Ibbie

Graphite Horse Portrait by Lori Levin "Ibbie"
16 x 20
graphite on paper
private commission

Monday morning I packaged this drawing and shipped it off to Pennsylvania. This horse portrait was a challenge because the photos were poor and the information given to me was minimal. I agreed to do this piece because I was so touched by the person that contacted me, I did not want to let him down. The graphite drawing is a gift to his future bride for their wedding day. If you've ever loved an animal you know how touching this gift truly is. The future groom explained to me how his lady has had some serious trials in her life and that it is her horse that brings her solace. Ibbie can be considered difficult to others but to her he is purely refuge. Nobody better understands this than I do, so I made it happen. My hope is that you can see in his face what I see. Graphite never photographs well, so all I can say is tha,t in person, this piece is dramatic.

I have more paintings and pet portraits on the horizon but first I want to share a little fun news. Christine of Websketching was kind enough to make a little video for the Woodstown website , featuring Alex Alampi and yours truly during the Arts in Bloom event. On the Visit Salem County website, Alex is again famous by being included in what I understand will be a television commercial to promote tourism to Salem County. A couple of years ago I was told that if I want to take my art seriously I would have to move out of Salem County because nothing "goes on" there. Well, I can tell you that I am starting to be a big fish in a small pond that it turning into one heck of a lake! Who knows what’s next?!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful portrait, Lori.


Toni

Ashley said...

Dear Lori,
Thank you so much for creating this for me. My husband gave it to me and I just started crying. It is absolutely beautiful. I love how his veins show through and you can see the expression in his face. Everyone I have shown loves it too!
Ibbie, is the son of Seattle Slew and it's funny because I don't think you knew that but you can still see it in the picture you created (from the photographs we sent). Thank you again for doing this amazing portrait I couldn't think of anything else that I would ever want for a wedding gift!
Thank you again,
Ashley

Lori of Soulful Studios said...

Ashley,

I am so pleased that the portrait hit the mark for you. I was so touched by your hubby's desire to do this for you that this piece became very personal for me. I related to the little story he gave me and I wanted so much for you to be happy with it. I did not know he was a Slew baby. It is funny you say that as "The Slew" was one of my favorites of all time and I cried when he passed in 2002. He was a neat guy. I love that I got to do that drawing even more now. Thank you for sharing that.

I wish you all the best in your new life together.

All the best,

Lori

Tom said...

Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark and be back again

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