Back to horses! This commission is actually a Christmas present. My collector was so nice, she was willing to wait until I could work the painting into my schedule. We came up with a special Gift Certificate to give her husband on Christmas morning. The fun thing is now Craig will get to follow along as I paint the portrait of him and Starlight Merada (Chunky) in action.
Sarah really liked the action in the photograph shown in the first picture. But she wanted it all to take place outdoors. That’s the wonderful thing about painting, we can make the world as we want it to be. Here’s my sketch. I moved the calf in the foreground to show more of Chunky. Besides, I didn’t want the backside of the steer to be the focal point of the painting.
First, the composition is lightly sketched with pencil on the canvas.
Now I begin drawing the herd milling around behind Craig and Chunky. A thin oil wash made of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin is used. I’ve primed the canvas with White acrylic which makes the surface slightly slick. This allows me to wipe off any errant lines.
One thing I really like about working on the acrylic primed canvas is that I can “Lift” highlights out of areas that have been washed in. This technique comes in especially handy when blocking in Chunky’s gleaming coat. As you read though the blog please remember, you can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.
With all that action going on there will be lots of dust flying!
The portrait of Craig and Chunky is completely washed in. We’ll begin painting in the next session. Hope you’ll come back and 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,