Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Horsey Commission ... or ... a Work in Progress

I was recently asked by a woman in Washington if I could do a horse/rider painting as a gift.  This is my drawing ...

I have also done a color work-up, so I won't run into trouble later in the painting. 

The painting is larger than I have been doing lately - 16 x 21 inches.
Here, I've masked out a thick outline of the horse and rider, and done several background washes of quin. burnt orange, quin. violet and indanthrone. 

The background is largely completed, so I've removed the masking, and started applying thin glazes of quin. violet and indanthrone to indicate the shadows. From the photos, the horse appears to have a violet tint overall to his grey coat.

I think the shadows are done, and will now start working with the local colors.

I managed to get a lot done today. No riding - I feel so sorry for Bruno ... this past week he's had one injection in the neck to tranquilize him for dental work, a huge wasp sting in the neck the next day, an anti-viral injection two days after that [in the neck], and this morning he had bites all over that same area of his neck! All I can do is ice his neck and apply witch hazel. He seems to like both those treatments.

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. Your painting is coming along just beautifully ! I love your colors. You certainly have mastered watercolors.. I am looking forward to see the horse and rider completed.

    Oh poor Bruno.... He has had his share of pain this week... I think the ice Witch Hazel will help.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. First of all, give Bruno a big hug from all of us...I feel for him as well, Kathryn!!! and secondly, LOVE LOVE the painting so far! You certainly know how to move those watercolors around!!

  3. Oh wow!! Your painting is magnificent!!!
    Poor Bruno!! I feels so sorry for him,, but you are a good momma.. and taking good care of him.
    Its almost dark now- so nitey nite

  4. Your painting is coming along beautifully! Poor Bruno :-(

  5. Looking great so far... Lovely shine on that coat!
    Poor Sherlock is being 'done' today... feel very sorry for him losing his two best friends :0(

  6. Ah Kathryn - this is looking wonderful. I really like how you paint the shadows first and then move to the local color. It really results in a great depth of good color. As for Bruno - what a bad week for him. I know you are giving him lots of special treatment - maybe an extra sugar cube or carrot too would be nice.

  7. The painting is coming along great. The background is perfect--a feeling of woods--and the horse is going to be striking. She'll love it.

  8. Ooooo - it looks like the rider and horse are in a misty fall day = beautiful background and foreground blending and colors! Looking forward to this. Hugs to Bruno (poor baby!).

  9. Looking wonderful so far! The shadows and the background are fabulous, Kathryn! Best wishes to Bruno!