This is Christina Tift. She is originally from Denmark. I met Christina and her husband, Jeff a few years back at the Cody, Wyoming Annual Horse Auction. They live in Sheridan, WY.
This painting is traditional oils on Ampersand Gessobord Masonite. The finished size is 16″ x 16″.
Here is version one. On day one, I laid down a base coat for Christina’s Stetson, face, scarf, hair and leather collar.
This is day two. I have added more detail to her face and laid down my base coat for her wool coat and hands.
Day three. I finished detailing her upper body. I also added the leather trim on the top of her chaps and the decorative leather trim with the Conchos on the front of her jeans.
Day four. I spent the entire day roughing in the back of her saddle, saddle blanket and the horse’s rear.
Day five. Here I have laid in the base coat for her beautiful, weathered chaps.
Day six. I finished detailing her chaps and the back of her saddle. I was able to lay in the base coat for the front of her saddle.
Day seven. Here I laid in the horse’s neck, mane, reins and the front of the saddle blanket.
Here is the final! I painted in the background color and signed it.
Here are three close-ups of my final version to show all the detail.
Thanks for riding along. Stay tuned, there are many more of my works in progress to come.