Painting More Ponies!

SH6414 Morning Magic step 1

This painting is going to be pure Texas! Barn, windmill and bluebonnets with a mare nuzzling her newborn foal. That pretty well sums up our Hill Country spring. I jot down my idea in a quick thumbnail sketch.

SH6414 Morning Magic step 2

Here is a simple method to determine the placement of the focal point in your painting. Since the mare and foal, my main focus, are going to be on the right side of the canvas I make a diagonal from the upper left corner to the lower right one. Then a line is made from the upper right corner down to intersect with the first one. The angle where the two lines come together should be 90 degrees. This point is called the “Golden Mean”. The old Masters used this technique to determine the perfect focal point in their paintings.

SH6414 Morning Magic step 3

The horses are sketched up on the canvas with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

SH6414 Morning Magic step 4

Now I begin drawing in the supporting landscape, barn and windmill. I really like the openness behind the mare, I’m going to leave out the trees I had in my original thumbnail sketch.

SH6414 Morning Magic step 5

A babbling brook will provide a delightful melody to soothe the new baby. We’ll start applying paint in our next session. Hope you’ll come watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

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2 Responses to “Painting More Ponies!”

  1. Renee Roberts Says:

    I just started following your blog and I just wanted to let you know how much I love your work! Thank you for being so generous in sharing your work and your knowledge. You are truly an inspiration!

  2. terry pollio Says:

    looks like I will be in the future with Glory Girl and ?????

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