This work in progress is one I hope to exhibit in the spring. Tentatively titled "Red Reins." It is oil on canvas and measures 24" x 40." Reference is my own. Finding the subtle value and color changes on the horse's faces is a challenge with this picture. If I don't get the values right, it throws off the picture. To much contrast makes them look unnatural, too little makes their faces look gray and flat. The tack is all high contrast. It is a nice juxtaposition against their faces. Another challenge with this is to make the dark, shiny tack look like it is naturally resting on the horses heads. It is slow going, but starting to come together.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Here is a cell phone shot of today's progress. It is progressing more nicely than this photo shows. This is another picture that contains opposing elements. The color scheme is mainly orange and blue, opposites on the color wheel. The brushwork is both soft and crisp. I am not sure if it shows here, but I am enjoying this process.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
I am still fussing over the details in Rein In. It's mostly about the tack, I want to get it right. I've been working large most of the year. It is liberating to use big brushes and stand way back from the easel while I am working. The problem with working large is when you make a mistake, such as a color or value problem, it's that much more difficult to correct it. Students, that is why we make a loose study before moving to the final version.