A different kind of horse race

I’ve got two paintings in the running here, working on one while waiting for layers on the other to dry. First off is our friend Fred, who now has a background and a preliminary layer of color on him. Not to worry, he won’t be pink and blue and violet. As I often do, I’m undercoating a white horse with color, which will then become shadow areas that reflect the colors of the background.

Fred's early colors

Fred's early colors

 

And the drafts are coming along right behind. I have a second (and final) coat on most of the harness, haven’t touched the wagon yet but am not worried about it, and will need to put one more transparent coat on the horses. Still debating whether to make the sky a little richer blue. Will wait to see what the horses look like against the current sky, then decide.

Drafts should be able to make their debut in mid-May at the Harvard Milk Days horse show--right where I photographed them in the first place.

Drafts should be able to make their debut in mid-May at the Harvard Milk Days horse show--right where I photographed them in the first place.

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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6 Responses to A different kind of horse race

  1. WOOOOOW your shading technique is amazing! Im loving seeing the process of your art 🙂

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      Thanks, Bec! I’m betting that you like the way watercolors blend and/or wash over one another. Somehow I developed a technique in oils that often resembles watercolors, at least in the beginning. The painting of Fred will sharpen up in detail as I go along, but I try never to lose track of the lovely shades blending together underneath.

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  2. catarzina says:

    Both are coming along very well…I am responding quite a bit to the blue shading in the Drafts painting with the sky…it’s creating a very rich spatial relationship.

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  3. Alli Farkas says:

    Thanks Catie! At the moment I’m pretty happy with the sky as is, but when I finish the horses there may be a need to ramp up the sky saturation a little to keep the values balanced between foreground and background. Will just have to wait and see!

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