Michael & Horses in Oils by Katja Turnsek

Horses in Oil

Horses in Oil

Horses in Oil Commission Info

This is a large oil painting of horses and cameraman on a meadow.The horses in front are still foals, but they might look larger than they actually are since the cameraman is down on his knees. Actually, the cameraman Mikael is the client who commissioned this painting and his mother took the reference photo.

At first, Mikael didn't even notice the foals coming. They walked slowly and silently and as you see, they are very curious. The horses in the background are mares and they are taking care of their young foals along with Mikael's family.

Mikael also decided to have the painting framed by my local framer. Mikael come all the way from Stockholm to collect his painting and it was nice to meet him and his family in person.

Painting Information

Medium: Oil on Linen Canvas
Size: 110 x 75 cm
Year Painted: 2012
Subject: Horses / Mikael
Commissioned by: Mikael Flodén, Sweden

The Reference Photograph

Mikael contacted me with one photo he wanted to have painted. He already had made the changes he wanted, but sent the original too. He made the photo darker on the edges, bigger contrast and warmer overall tones. I looked at both photos when I painted the oil painting though, since some darkened colors were too dark and some details got lost there. To the right is the unedited photo and to the left is a part of the edited one.

Reference Photo

Horse Portrait in Progress

Below you can view a few work in progress photos of this portrait. It is important for me that you understand the painting process at the same as you have a full input the entire time, that is why I’m prepared to spend some extra time in order to keep you regularly updated. I have had this feature for many years, even though I uploaded the progress images to a static html page at first. Now I use my portraits in blog for this exciting feature. If you do not wish to share your painting’s progress or the completed painting with the world, I can send you the progress images by email. Several clients decided to do this, especially famous ones.

Horses in Oil

Hi Katja!

When I saw the pictures in the email I got warm all over, What a beautiful painting you've done for me, Katja! THANKS! It would be perfect if I could come down and collect the painting this weekend. I am so incredibly happy, and it will be so much fun to come down and bring it home! :) I can't wait: D

THANKS again!

Mikael Flodén