PAINTING PASTURES AND HORSES
I've painted horses on several occasions, but never a larger version. By that I mean never on a larger canvas than 8 x 10. I recently said that smaller canvases are harder to get details on so maybe that means it will be easier to get the details correct on my larger horses that I am going to paint on a 16 x 20 canvas. We shall see.
The scene I am painting is a pastoral scene with a mare and foal. I have decided that the mare will be nuzzling her foal as if talking to him. They are thoroughbreds and he will grow up to be great she is telling him. I had snapped a photo of a pasture while traveling that I feel is the perfect setting for the pair. I also looked up some photos of horses nuzzling. I cannot wait to get started so here goes!
It is coming along nicely! I have the markings correct, I finally got the dam's neck halfway decent and I am going to let it rest for awhile. I still have to put in the shadows and refine the legs, but I am getting close I think. Did you notice that I finally put the third rail in on the fence? This has been a lot of fun and much less work than I thought it was going to be. Yay!
Interesting facts about Secretariat are that he won the Triple Crown after a 25 year dry spell. The Belmont is the final leg and they let him have his head or run as fast as he wanted, and he won by 31 lengths! That is 248 feet ahead of the other horses! He lived out his life in Paris, Ky at Claiborne Farm. I used to see him as we drove past from time to time. When he died they did a necropsy and found that while normal, his heart was twice the size of an average horse. They suspect the same was true of the other great horse Man O War who was a distant relative of Secretariat.
|"YOU WILL BE GREAT"|
Secretariat and his dam Somethingroyal
16 x 20
Today is the PARIS ART WALK! If you live anywhere in Central Kentucky, please take some time to come and visit with me and see my art. It is at the Hopewell Museum, 800 Pleasant Street, Paris, Ky, from 5 x 8 pm. Admission is free and there will be refreshments served. I'd love to meet you!