After mulling over the photos in my previous post and rejecting various combinations I finally decided to put our two friends in a familiar horsey context, communing over a paddock fence. Fortunately the fence was already in Bella’s photo, so all I had to do was alter it to accommodate Junior. Took the top rail off because it was too high, put Junior behind what was left and added some snowy foggy trees in the background to cover up the buildings and make the whole scene look a little more wintry. For now, we’ll just have to live with the present version looking like its usual paint-by-number interpretation at this point in its progress.
I haven’t used any ink in a while on portraits, but I’m thinking I’ll throw a few ink touches into this one. Ink helped get some nice texture on another bay horse (Sue) in a snowy scene and will also help pick out some delicate texture in Bella’s mane. It should also get some nice definition in the dark outline of Junior’s eye.