Thursday, May 7, 2015

All in a Day's Work ...

Why I felt compelled to do this, I'm not sure, other than it was too delicate. It needed some oomph.

Today I tried to minimize the garishness of those dark lines by going over the entire work with a lavender color. 

Did some work with Drake the II - lifting with the magic eraser [it really is magical], and starting his eyes.

And I started my cowboy painting.

Cobalt blue on the left side of the shirt, a mixture of aureolin and quin. burnt orange for his hat, and flesh tones of quin. sienna, alizarin crimson and cobalt blue.

The shirt I also started with a quin. sienna/alizarin mix. I'm amazed how much it already reminds me of Scott. 

And I took this to the framer. It will have a dark brown/black mat and a somewhat rustic-looking mid-brown wood frame. I originally thought to varnish it, but after looking at it critically, decided it needed a boundary, a perimeter - the background is so light.

All this painting was done because I couldn't ride His Highness. We've been working on getting him to use his right hind more effectively. He has a gorgeous, powerful trot on the left rein, but his right side is quit wimpy, probably due to all those years of racing around a track in one direction. Unfortunately, my right side is weaker, too. I had a whopper of a cycling accident years ago - a woman rear-ended me doing about 50 mph. The impact was so hard, she couldn't drive her car after - the damage was so bad. And I am left with a bad back. But I spoke with my riding trainer today, and she feels we can overcome both our inadequacies by working in shorter intervals. I am definitely NOT quitting riding!!!

Thank you so much for your visit!


  1. Good advice from Tweedles! :) I'm holding my breath about the flowers, how will you proceed? I can imagine the 'bums' in its mat and frame, must look great!

  2. Don't quit but don't hurt your back either, my friend!! These paintings are ALL so good and coming along beautifully. I love how the cowboy is coming...the colors are perfect and I look forward to seeing the next step with him. Take care Kathryn!!

  3. Never quit...however, you have to think about your back...so be careful.
    Love all these paintings, Kathryn but I love how the cowboy is developing and really look forward to seeing your next post. LOVE his face ..glasses and the color of his shirt ...ALL good. :)