The Explosive Fire of Horses!…New Show November 5,6 and 7.
Dear Friends and Painters,
The Fall Bergsma Warehouse Show is the 5-7th of November…I hope to see some of your there.
Now for Art Class!
What do you Love? Children, Boats, Flowers?
Painting things that you love is always the best place to start.
For me it has always been horses.
This last week we had a new horse arrive at the ranch and it sparked an energized equine conversation.
This kind of fire in horses is one of the reasons I love them as subject matter.
Art Class; Draw What you love.
The first step in your project is a good drawing.
The more you like your sketch the more satisfaction you will get from the painting process!
I use lots of photos for inspiration and accuracy and now it is easier than ever with the access we have to the internet.
When you draw ask yourself.
“Does my composition have action? Balance, open space? Have I considered where the contrast will be.
Remember, light against dark and dark against light.
Transfer the sketch to your watercolor paper (dont sketch right on the paper if you need to erase like I do)…erasing ruins the fine texture of watercolor paper. I transfer my drawings on a light table. You can even use a window to retrace your sketch onto your W.C. paper.
Choosing a color pallet;
I create allot of premixed color on my mixing surface (I use ceramic paint holders and a sheet of glass for mixing my colors).
I wanted to have a colorful background so I started there. Clear water down first, then splashes of orange blue and brown.
Notice the use of splattering. Try it dry on wet or wet on wet.
I create drawings that can be separated into simple shapes and carefully lay each section of color into each shape.
If you are impatient about paint drying you can use a hair dryer to speed things up!
Each of the sections painted separately finally make the image of horse…can you see them?
Paint darks last. I premixed up the dark paint and painted each section to create a black horse.
I often use blue blacks or brown blacks…never black from the tube.
For the final touches I splattered a bit more paint…this time wet on dry to give the feeling of flying hooves.
The horses made friends as they got to know each other. They created fuel for this painting.
Real life has millions of moments of inspiration. Let them be the focus of your day and them maybe paint one.
Wishing you a fine Autumn!