Are you curious about how to do a complicated painting with multiple figures, horses and dogs? Where do you even start? Well, I’ll take you along for the whole …



  1. How do you approach people about modeling for your paintings? Do you pay them? Is there a modeling release form you use?

  2. Your commentary is excellent. Love the background information and stories almost as much as the painting tips. What brushes are you using?

  3. Subscribed!…just found your channel! So glad I did! Love 'Belly laugh' great tutorial & your pencil sketch art! u mentioned advertising…storyboarding…I know it was a while ago for u but any chance of some/a tutorial please? Thanks for all your postings which i will be checking out 😛

  4. Back in the 90's when I went to the Artist's Ride in South Dakota, there was only a $150 charge for the ordeal. We all camped out on the Chyenne River. You mentioned the price has gone up to $2500, that's a huge change!! I thought I might return again sometme but wow, at that price, I don't think I can. That's ashame but I guess they are paying the models and everyone and everything to be brought in now. I did have a great time going. Back in the 90's, we were still shooting photos with 35mm film. I can see with the new digital cameras how you ended up wth 8000 pictures! I'd have done the same! I met some great people and artists up there. I also got my Sioux name there from the local reservation. I'll never forget that trip. Great fun and wonderful people.

  5. Hi! You gained another sub!

    Your channel is different: You do not put "timelapse" in your videos, and I like it (I can see all the process)! Thank you!

  6. Hi, did you use the medium for painting the canvas before painting or did you mix it directly with the paints?

  7. I stumbled across your channel. I paint very different subject matter than you, however it was wonderful and a delight to find an artist that cares about their subject matter enough to be accurate on details such as the tack, saddles, etc., especially when it's a historical representation painting.
    Your horses are beautiful, and yes, you have the anatomy down very well. We have horses where I live, my daughter was in equestrian schooling for years, and I rode as a kid myself.
    If thr horse anatomy doesn't make sense to you, I'd strongly suggest you literally get on some horses, and do some trail riding, and go watch some wild horses in the desert as well. Looking at them, it may seem like their anatomy doesn't make a whole lotta sense, but when you see and feel how they move, and especially move with them, it makes incredibly great sense! Then you'll be wondering how they occured in nature that way! Pretty amazing creatures!
    There are many little things, even down to the structure of each hair on their bodies, that have function.
    Your painting is wonderful! I subbed to see more.
    You'd be surprised at how many people would watch, especially certain parts of a video, while learning how to paint say a gloved hand, for instance, to get that 3-D effect.
    Lightening values of an item in a painting to bring them forward, or darkening to set them back can have a huge effect. I painted a field of flowers (tulips, primarily), and kept changing values… I took pictures as I went along… It looked as though the wind had been blowing them around, from picture to picture of my painting. I was painting in acrylics, so it was quick to dry, even with retarder. (I used to paint in oils years ago, yet the paint really bothered me (but with low to no VOCs, I'm going to give it a try again soon, paint outdoors, and see how it goes. Turpentine, back 40 years ago, was harsh stuff. I bought some of that thinner that isn't supposed to be as bad. I used to paint very impasto, as we didn't have thr mediums then that we have now, so I am going to give it a whirl again!).
    Anyhow, it was a joy to watch you paint. I love the guys laughing too! Great subject!
    I love that you show the warm pink on the nose, in the soil, the rocks, the sky.
    Beautiful painting! Love it!
    Have a great day!

  8. Sir, you are an incredible artist and an excellent teacher. Your description on detail is easy to understand.

  9. Можно узнать чем вы разбавляете краски, каким разбавителем?заранье спасибо.

  10. I love watching as you paint, but even more, I love listening to your insights and dealing with different obstacles that arise as you go.. your advice is fabulous, and it is helping me beyond measure … love your talent , and love your attitude about it all .. thank you so much !!! Happy , very belated new year lol ( I just saw this video for the first time, today) :-))

  11. I was just wondering if you want to show more step why are you not doing it in over 3 to 4 video of 1h each so like that you can really show what is really important and take more time to explaine

  12. I really like your channel. I paint with acrylics and I do visionary art. I would like to try oil paints. Your videos are highly educational, thanks!!

  13. What a fantastic channel! I am so glad I found this! Thank you for taking the time to teach us step by step. I am looking forward to more videos in the future!

  14. Thanks Steve. I already have a few paintings done of these type of people. I won’t be selling them based on your information. I can’t tell you how much your information has helped me in my journey to be a western artist. Thanks again. Your the best….and keep those videos coming. LOVE THEM!!!!!

  15. Thanks Steve. Also what is your opinion of people dressed like cowboys, etc in public ? Like Old Tucson or the Tombstone when they have their festivals like Wyatt Earp days and people will pose for you? Can their be problems with doing art work of them without their consent? Could be a problem? Best to get consent from them before putting out a painting for sale…? We also have Civil War Days at Picasso Peak.

  16. Love this video and your comments. So many wonderful tips. Question: when you get together with other artists for a photo shoot are you paying money to the actors? And do you have to get written permission and consent from them to use them on your paintings? So they have no rights and no $$ from the sale of your art work? Just curious in how that works. Thanks Steve for doing all these videos. Would love to take lessons from you.

  17. Thanks, really great video, thanks for taking the time to give such detailed explanations! I'm learning a lot from all your videos.

  18. You worked so much to be able to do this , your are a magician . I work my ass off to learn anatomy , 6 hours per day . Will I evolve in 5 months if I work 5/6 hours everyday ??

  19. Dear Steve,

    Thank you very much for all the great videos. If you get time, please do talk a little about one question that has been bothering me for years now.
    What is the difference between an Illustration (Illustrator) and a painting (painter)?
    -If it is story telling, all the historical paintings have the story at least (caravaggio, rembrandt, vermeer etc)
    -If it is commission, the churches and private collectors used to hire/order these paintings of old masters

    Lastly, was Norman Rockwell a painter or an Illustrator? What would his work look like if he was a painter?

  20. This is a fabulous painting. I so enjoyed watching your process and seeing the final painting completed. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and tips. They are very helpful!

  21. Thank you for sharing your art. So many good tips. I love painting horses, although I am not at your level, I keep trying. I do have to have a reference and do not have any horses at hand, so I rely on other pics to practice. Wish you were near so I could take lessons from you. Happy New Year.

  22. I LOVE this painting! The humor in them and their story just make me happy in my soul. Thanks for sharing it with me

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