Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Almost Finished ... a Pony's Progress

For a reference, I used an older drawing I had done of my neighbor's pony. [Kim preferred  the other, more dramatic  drawing I did to have as a painting.] Here, I am doing several w/w washes with a warm grey made of permanent rose, quin. burnt orange and indanthrone.

... continuing with the w/w applications ...

I moved to a darker [more blue/black] mixture for the nostril and muzzle. I also shifted to a cooler grey, made of the same three pigments. 

Thought it was time to get some background down. I used the permanent rose in a splotchy [purposely splotchy] application, followed by quin. burnt orange, and then several dark mixtures made of the same pink, orange and blue.

Amazing what a difference the background made!

I continued to darken the shadows, using both w/w and dry brush techniques.

The large areas of dark were finally dark enough, so I removed the masking. Now I just have to fine tune the mane and forelock, and see how it looks overall.

I wanted to create a sense of a sweet older pony. We've all seen them in the horse world - been everywhere, done all of that, won all the t-shirts - toting kids around all over the place without batting an eye at anything that would normally spook a horse. I love them! So I chose a softer, more gentle background, and hopefully gave him a quiet and gentle look, while giving him the dignified expression he deserves.

Thank you so much for dropping by!


  1. You really perfected animals paintings Kathryn! Great job! Irina

  2. The horse is lovely Katheryn - And the next part is the fun part, right? I love reaching that stage of a painting, where the tiniest things make all the difference :0)

  3. oh Kathryn...this is coming along SO beautifully...making the background darker makes this older pony stand out! The shadows are wonderful...Excellent work...look forward to your next post!

  4. Dear Kathryn - this is so gorgeous. I love the way you post your work too and your use of colors is fabulous. You have those grays down perfectly. Will be anticipating the lovely finish to this piece. Hope you are enjoying some lovely fall weather (you and Bruno)! Hugs

  5. We love this gentle look, and the beauty is more than beauty-- its gorgeous!

  6. The way we see the bone structure is fantastic, great work as always ! xx