Hello Friends and Painters,
Lets look this week into the details of “How to Paint a Horse.”
They are beautiful subjects and I never tire of researching and painting them.
For this composition I studied Arabian and Freisian horses.
I invite you to follow along in the blog by copying the drawing
of these two horses and painting them with me.
Details about the signing are at the end of the blog.
You can copy a drawing onto 140 pound watercolor paper through a window or on a light table.
You are welcome to print this sketch at home for copying. 11 by 17″ would be a good size.
I will start with the lighter horse in the foreground.
TIP; Always paint light to dark with watercolor.
Even if a horse is white, it is more interesting to create the shadows with color, not gray.
The gray can be made with Burnt sienna and Cerulean Blue. The colors also shown are Cadmium Red Light, Payne’s Gray and Cobalt Violet.
Can you see the blue gray created with this mix?
Colors are placed on a clear water wash to keep them light.
I darken the edges to create curve and shape. Note the slight flesh color near the eye.
This makes the painting seem more alive.
SALT WASH; Just before a wash drys sprinkle salt on the wash to make a dapple look.
SALT WASHES; are something you need to experiment with. Just play with it on a separate piece of paper before you do it on an actual painting.
When the wash dries the salt creates crystal patterns and adds texture to your watercolor.
For contrast in the mane I added a violet tint.
Eye detail; Did you know that a horses eye’s have a long pupil?
That’s so they have better vision for survival.
Note; Before I paint the Freisian, which will be Black I paint the back ground with a dark onto light wash.
Watch my Jody Bergsma”How to Paint a Watercolor Wash” video on YouTube for tips for this technique!:)
Like the white horse…I use allot of color to make my blacks. They are simply a darker version of the light horse.
Remember, “Repetition with Variation” keeps harmony in your painting.
The colors are blocked in with simple shapes.
A Freisian Horse often has red sun high-lights in the mane.
I made a new palette with Burnt Sienna and purple. When you mix those colors together you get a wonderful mahogany color.
When you paint the strands of hair alternate the darks and lights to give an illusion of shine.
You can see the same effect in the Arabian.
For the last details I use a liner brush. I use white watercolor paint for the fur and hair on animals.
You do not have to do this step to have a beautiful painting but if you want to try use Titanium White.
I mix that with the colors I have already used in the darker areas.
I keep the consistency about the weight of heavy cream so the strands will be opaque. Some would call this a “Gouche” layer.
The finished painting was titled…”Kindred Spirits.” and they are “Horses of a different color!
It is my birthday this week and to celebrate I bought a new horse!
They are food for my soul and inspiration for my art.
Best wishes to all of you!
My signing on the 11th of May will be at “Exclusivley Art at the Factoria Mall in Issaquah Wa from 11-3. I would love to see you there.
I will be taking allot of the new art from this spring. If you want me to bring you something special opr unique please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
The Poster was created by Krasimir Andreev, Graphic Designer from Bulgaria.