On May 1-3, 2015, I will be giving a workshop on painting a white Andalusian horse. I wanted the horse to reflect all the colors of the rainbow so I decided on a sunset. I was inspired by a painting I saw at Lesley Harrison’s Workshop a couple of years ago. In fact I went out to California for a private one-on-one session with Lesley so that she could teach me how to achieve this beautiful effect. I had a wonderful time learning from her!
Here is a beginning stage. I added all the colors I wanted to use to the coat first. I used pure pigment colors without added black particularly. Pastel blue, pink and yellow-orange.
I also used the same colors for the background.
After that I began to go darker with the horse itself and progress to the finish.
I LOVE color and like to use it in all animals that I paint.
Same principles apply. I use color first so that it glows through in the finished animal. All pastels used were Rembrandt or NuPastels.
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This has been the most wonderful painting. I have enjoyed every moment and actually there have been no problems. Sometimes a painting will have problems to be resolved , but this one has been pure joy.
I have really enjoyed selecting colors for the skin tones in the young lady. I chose to use mostly Giraults for this painting. They are a bit softer than Rembrandts but not nearly as soft as Unisons. The color range for portrait work is perfect.. I probably have at least 7 layers on her back. I will be finishing her this weekend!
beautiful and tender portrait of the love of a lady for her horse.
I have spent the day beginning the young lady in the painting today. First, I decided to work out my colors on a separate drawing of the woman. I used mostly Giraults with a few Rembrandts and NuPastels. In the cool areas on her back I used a glaze of lavender. It worked well for graying down the skin. Here’s the first drawing.
I felt good about my color combinations so I proceeded with the painting. Tomorrow I will finish her body.
I have continued to work on this painting of the horse and girl. Choosing colors is always a challenge. It is important to find what works for each painting. I have favorite colors that I use over and over but they are not always the best choice. It takes several layers of brown and other colors to develop a deep rich color for the horse. I also wanted to use cooler colors in the mane on the top of his head because it reflects the sky.
Here’s my work so far:
working on the young lady today and will post those pictures soon.