This has become for me the “Horse From Hell”! Oops, can I say that on
The hand had to stay subtle. I had to hold back from adding lots of detail.
I only water-colored and color pencil’d the horse’s body about 5 times. Finally applied really dark brown watercolor by brush to really darken the area. I think I was afraid of going too dark.
The picture has more shadows coming off of the body reflected on the green sash, but I just wasn’t seeing those too well, so I didn’t deepen the shadows.
I think I get why painting is so popular. The beauty of watercolor painting is this, as I touch up all these little areas with so many different browns, I can keep holding onto the same brush, I don’t have to stop and grab a different colored pencil. What a time saver.
Inspiration picture taken by me last year at Churchill Downs.
This turned out o.k. I think it’s even frame worthy. Now that’ll cost a buck or two!
My daughter thinks it needs a background…but I say I’m trying to imitate Norman Rockwell!! Haha