Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Too Wet and Windy for Riding So ...

I just couldn't look at the glup of whatever in front of the horse's eye.

So I started again. This is after a w/w wash of aureolin, brown madder and ultramarine. I have also carved out some of the highlights while wet.

Here's the first wash of black.

A second wash, with lifting while wet.

And I've done some lifting after it's dried, with very small and moist or wet brushes. This technique is a bit like sculpting, as you carve the highlights out of the paint - quite intriguing. 

The start of a painting of my niece as a Mona Lisa [sort of]. I've painted the darkest areas with quin. burnt orange, and then a grey. 

I started the background with a graded aureolin wash. I let it dry, then did a bit of a scrumbled wash with quin. burnt orange, to give it an oil painting look - I hope. 

I've just finished a very w/w wash, dropping in quin. gold and cobalt blue. I think the next step will be a thin overall glaze of the blue again.

As always, your comments are most welcome!


  1. Wow you have been busy! I'm glad you started again, it looks much better without the 'glup'. I love how your Mona Lisa is going!

  2. I know what you mean about those annoying stains (sizing or oil or something?) and really like the background of the second attempt on the horse, Kathryn. The Mona Lisa start looks good too.

  3. Oh wow Kathryn, I am already getting a bunch of feelings that I get when I see powerful art when I look at your horse. I can't wait to see it finished!! More rainy days so you can paint it!! And your portrait is looking lovely as well. :))

  4. Your niece, as Mona Lisa, is coming out really nice, Kathryn. I'm looking forward to seeing an update. Your horse portrait is wonderful, as always..you have a lot of patience to start over again. Great job.