Prelude to a Prance

One of my latest pieces, “Prelude to a Prance”, was a very large 84″x84″, oil on canvas. Irwin and Claude Lande of Montreal (Westmount) commissioned it. My clients wanted a painting that captured the horse’s power.

They wanted to feel the movement, sound and intensity of the horse lifting up the soil under its hoofs. I studied for days, learning the anatomy and understanding the way a horse moves in space. The pose that I painted captures the moment just before the peak of action, just before the horse abruptly stops and goes up on its back legs. It is at that point that the soil is being lifted and sent into a cloud of dust under its body.

 

Melissa

Author: Melissa

Melissa Del Pinto is a fine-art artist from Montreal, Canada. She has exhibited in Montreal, Miami, Naples and San Francisco. She is best known for her dramatic, large-scale paintings and murals of photorealistic birds. Her works also include contemporary landscapes, portraits and meticulously sculpted frames, which lend to the more whimsical side of her creativity.