Thursday, 5 November 2015

Summer days

oil painting of mare and foal in sunshine
Painted to be a complete contrast with with the weather that was actually going on outside my studio viz. grey, grizzly and wet. I crept up on this one slowly, using very dilute ultramarine to mark out the shadows first. With that much turps it dried pretty quickly. Then I went back in with an even weaker dilution of burnt sienna and blocked in the foal's legs, otherwise I could see myself getting in a tiggy-tangle with the legs. Then I painted the mare from her rump forwards and put in the background with a palette knife. The foal came last.