More Horses

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Neat thing about the portrait of Chunky, The Boys, that I finished a few sessions ago. Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery has asked me to paint some horses for them! So…….in addition to my flower/architecture pieces they will be carrying my equine paintings. Here is my sketch for the first, a 24 inch square.

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A grid is drawn on the sketch. This will make it easier to keep the proportions correct when I draw the horses up on the canvas.

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A corresponding grid is faintly drawn on the canvas. You can see it more clearly if you will enlarge the image, just click on the picture.

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Now the horses are lightly penciled in using the grid as a guide.

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The next step is to establish the basic values of the horses and cowboy with a thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.

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I love the white mare in the foreground, she is so alert! My wrist is braced against the mahl stick to steady my hand as I delineate the details of her head.

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I’ve changed the head of the cowboy’s horse to give the painting even more action. We’ll begin applying color in our next session. And….I’ll have a video! Hope you’ll come watch. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post you can 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! Hugs,

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6 Responses to “More Horses”

  1. Peggy Says:

    Good job!!!!!

  2. Annette Jones Says:

    Love this one. Can’t wait to see more. Happy Friday Mikki.

  3. Connie Owens Art Says:

    Yahoo, more horses! I bet you were excited to be asked to paint more horse paintings for Santa Fe!

  4. Jeri Says:

    Hi Miki…is there a specific reason you don’t draw the typical grid? I draw three lines both horizontally and vertically equal to the width and height of my canvas. This one your using seems like it would be much easier to use with a photo that is disproportionate to the canvas. Is this why you use this way? Just curious. Thank you. I adore your beautiful work and hoping I can start marketing mine soon.

    • Mikki Senkarik Says:

      Hi Jeri,
      This is the system that Jack taught me when I started painting. What is nice about it is there is no measuring involved. Also if you have an area of the painting that has more detail you can make the grids smaller in that area by making vertical and horizontal lines through the centers of the X. Then for that square make the diagonals. I hope this is clear. You might enjoy seeing this post, I’m transferring a tiny sketch to a huge canvas using this grid system:
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for following my blog! With Big Hugs, Mikki

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