The Days of Glory

My colors mixes are all prepared to begin painting the Horse. The recipes are as follows: #1. Two thin oil washes of MUD (2 parts Ultramarine Blue + 1 part Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin and Burnt Umber + Liquin. #2. Ptahlo Blue + Cadmium Orange + a tiny touch of MUD + White. #3. Ultramarine Blue + White. #4. Six mixtures in varying combinations of MUD + Burnt Umber + Cadmium Red Light. The two lightest shades directly under the numeral 4 have White added in. #5. White + a bit of Ultramarine Blue + a speck of Cadmium Orange.

VIDEO DEMONSTRATION: Blocking in the Horse’s Head

After completing the head, I begin working down the neck and shoulder of the Horse. The lightest of the #4 mixes is used for the highlights on his gleaming coat. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.

Cool light from the ground reflects up onto the under side of the Horse’s belly. Some of the #3 color is used for this. Adding this cool blue along the edge helps give the feeling of roundness to the Horse’s barrel.

The Mcclellan saddle is painted with combinations of Burnt Umber + Ivory Black + White.

Marshall asked if I could put his First Sergeant’s initials somewhere in the painting. The saddle bag is a perfect spot!

Ultramarine Blue + Ivory Black + White is used for the Cavalry Jacket thrown over the saddle. The stripes and trim are made with Cadmium Yellow Medium + MUD. The highlights are Cadmium Yellow Medium + White.

“The Days of Glory”  10 inches by 10 inches

We’re done! I hope this proud bay will bring Marshall’s First Sergeant many wonderful memories of “The Days of Glory” he spent in the Cavalry and let him know how much his service for our country is appreciated! Thank you for all of your encouraging and supportive comments. My readers are the BEST! With Big Hugs,


© Senkarik 2020


2 Responses to “The Days of Glory”

  1. Leon Black Says:

    Well done.

  2. kbasli Says:

    I’m sure that this retirement gift will be treasured. It is beautiful!

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