It occurred to me that I have never shown an Aquabord™ painting in progress from start to finish. So I thought it might be interesting to do that with this new commission of a fellow boarder’s mare called Sunrize. Here’s the original photo:
As you can see from the sketch, the background will be modified, which I often do just because I’m an artist and I can! As the painting progresses, I think the thing you will notice most is how the watercolor layers are put down almost backward from the way I do oils. The oils start with thin layers, then get more vibrant as we go along. With the watercolors, that pretty much happens with the landscape backgrounds too. But the horse will usually start out quite vivid and then the colors will calm down a bit as I lift them off instead of applying more on top of the existing paint. For a quick look at an oil painting in progress, see my painting of Billy and his harem from early last year.