Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Voodoo II Is Underway ...

This is the reference for another Voodoo painting.

He's very large, about 17.2 hh. [his back is well over my head] He is not classically "pretty", but he has a very noble face and eye.

Another shot, giving more of an idea of his size, and the boniness of his head.


I masked out his eye, and did an all-over wet-in-wet application of cobalt and indanthrone blue. Then I started working on the structure and shadows of his head and neck with a black mixture.

I removed the mask over the eye, and you can see the "white" of the paper there - looks almost beige, in comparison to the background of the painting.

I worked on him for several hours today, going back and forth between very dry applications and softening the edges, and painting very wet. At this point, I think the basic idea is there. I'd like to get some hardness to the look to give more of an impression of the boniness of his head. And, of course, an eye would be good, too!
That's it for today.

Thank you very much for dropping by!


  1. Hi Kathryn,
    You are so right... He does have a very noble face and eyes. It is coming along beautifully!
    This is a very good pose for a painting also. Oh my, he is a very large horse, I think he is magnificent. Have a great day, looking forward to his progress.

  2. As you say, a very Noble face and 'knowing' expression. This is coming along beautifully Kathryn.

  3. There is a cheekiness (is that a word?) in his eye, also in your other painting of him, I love it! I also enjoyed Maggie's adventures in the hay shed! :)

  4. I would agree,he looks very noble. It looks like you are off to great start on him.

  5. The bone structure of this horse's head is outstanding. You're off to a good start.

  6. Dear Kathryn - It is always a delight to see your process. Your love for animals shows in all your paintings. Now I will be waiting to see that eye. I am sure you will do it justice as well as the boniness. Take care. Hugs

  7. This is developing so nicely Kathryn. I enjoy your WIP........

  8. Hi Kathryn:) Love it how you show us the way your painting is progressing. It must be very hard to paint the bones in the head. Such a beautiful strong horse. I'm sure you make a beautiful painting! Hugs:) xx

  9. Its pure magic Kat, because what you do is not easy. What you do is just not a painting,,, you bring life to everything and your painitngs are inviting to us.
    It may look easy to us,,,, but its not,,,,,, its talent and magic