Painted Ponies

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My first step is to paint the sky. Since it provides the source of light the sky influences the mood of the entire painting. The weather report today calls for lots of sunshine and no clouds.

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Painting forward from the sky I’ll do the distant mountains and bluffs next. My color mixes are shown above. #1. Two mixes of White + Ultramarine Blue. #2. All of the colors in this group are made from various proportions of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Cadmium Red Light + Cadmium Orange + White. #3. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #4. This group of mixtures are all different proportions of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. Isn’t it amazing how many variations you can get from mixing just a few basic colors?

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Sunlight enters the painting from the left, illuminating the red rock bluffs.

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Dark trees are placed at the base of the bluff to accentuate the horses.

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Now for the little Buckskin pony. Here are my paint mixes……#1. MUD + Liquin. #2. Two shades of Ultramarine Blue + White. #3. Ivory Black. #4. Two mixes of MUD + Cadmium Orange + Ultramarine Blue + White.  #5. Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange + White. #6. Mixture #5 + White and then more White.

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Painting the nostrils of this pretty baby brings back warm memories of rubbing a horse’s soft, velvety muzzle and feeling the tickle of whiskers against my hand.

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Jeana’s family includes both Iroquois and Cherokee. So she asked if the horses could have some special Indian symbols painted on them. The Buckskin has a red hand on his shoulder representing her mom, a warrior. The red ring around his eye gives him all seeing vision. You can click on the image to see it larger.

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Moving to the Appaloosa, I block in the white body first.

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Next the spots of the Leopard Appaloosa are painted with Ivory Black into the wet body.

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The black hand on the Appaloosa’s shoulder is for Jeana’s Godmother Betty, a healer.

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The horses are surrounded by Sagebrush, so typical of the New Mexico landscape. This is the one of my most favorite stages of these “open gate” paintings. Jack and I think it looks so cool when the background is finished and the rest of the piece is still just sketched in. Hugs,

Mikki Senkarik signature JPEG





2 Responses to “Painted Ponies”

  1. Barbara Douglas Says:

    Step 17 and your comment on the ‘open gate background being finished and foreground still just sketched in, reminds me of your writing years ago about wondering what was behind those beautiful closed doors. I find it a joy that you dared to open them and now open them first! Thank you so much for sharing what is behind them with all of us! ~Barbara

  2. Denise Says:

    Enjoyed your comment on the horse’s velvety noses! Every time I’m around a horse, I just can’t resist feeling his nose. First thing I go for! Lol

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