I had a bit of a start on Sky Pads 25, but had to interrupt it–
I had a bit of considering to do when picking the color for the pads. There was no turquoise in the background and I wasn’t sure if a brighter blue like that would clash with the softer background tones. So I started out with some trepidation but by the time I was interrupted I had told myself I made a good choice.
My commission presented its own array of choices. I had two photos to work with:
Always thankful for Photoshop™, I took the woodsy photo and stretched its dimensions both horizontally and vertically and also altered the perspective to keep the effect of the trail heading off in the distance. I also had to recreate some of the trail and shadows to make up for moving the horse a bit more to the center. Once the horse was moved, I could cut out the nice sleek horse from the grassy photo and size it on top of the first one to make an approximation of the proposed painting.
When I sat down to paint, I looked at all those leaves and had many second, third, fourth or more thoughts about them. One thing I was not going to do was paint every single one of them. I opted to mimic the rhythm of their patterns and leave that suggestion for the viewer’s eye. I also warmed up the background a bit to make it more autumn and less winter. I think it worked, and made a nice memorial portrait for the rider–who probably spent more time with this view of her horse than any other.