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Soft Palette for Fleur




I met sweet little Fleur, by the  Westfalen Stallion ‘Freestyle’ last fall. I quickly noted her refined features, delicate and feminine. I did a few pencil studies of her, then her owner requested a small oil painting.

When i’m doing any commission, I like to get a personal feel for my clientele’s taste.  In this case, my client is an editor in the field of home design, when I asked her what her style was, she replied ‘Farrow and Ball’. Coming from my professional background of Interior Design, I immediately knew where she was coming from.

If you aren’t familiar, Farrow and Ball is a traditional paint manufacturer. Their paint colours are all softly muted with hints of grey. A beautiful array of colours!! I picked up a colour deck and started planning my palette. Gold Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Naples Yellow, Yellow-Grey, Paynes Grey and Titanium White.

I wanted the overall feel of the painting to be soft. Quite a contrast from the last painting I did of Beckon and not like any painting I have produced yet! I focused creating soft edges, working them wet-into-wet and took great care in gently blend the overall look of the work.

8x10 oil on canvas of filly 'Fleur'

8x10 oil on canvas of filly 'Fleur'

Here she is at the end of the day today. I’m about to call this finished…Overall, I’m happy with the results and initial report back from client is, she is too! phew!

Links of interest –

Simply Country – Blog by Erin McLauglin, Editor Canadian Home and Country & Canadian Gardening

 Westfalen Stallion ‘Freestyle’

Previous Blog post on Fleur with Pencil Studies

Farrow and Ball Traditional Line of Paints


  1. sheila tajima
    April 21, 2009

    wow… How excellent that you were familiar with Farrow and Ball… I would have thought it was a Farm and Sports Equipment store.

  2. Erin McLaughlin
    April 22, 2009

    You have totally captured Fleur! I am beyond thrilled.

  3. Janice
    April 22, 2009

    This is fantastic.. it always amazes me how consistantly fantastic your work is… i love the picture!!

  4. Sheona
    April 27, 2009

    Jenn I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: oils suit you!


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