Dez, part 3-1/2

Here’s yesterday’s status at quitting time. That white stuff I showed you in the last post needed to be there so I could shade the background behind the willow branches from light to dark and let the viewer see the light effects behind the trees. The faint colors that were there originally gave me a clue as to how I wanted to play with the shading in the background. The white was a thin coat over the branches so I didn’t lose total sight of where I had put the branches in the first place. You can see how I now have a pretty good start on all the variations in the background.

Dez himself is pretty much finished. There might be a few details I will attend to, but it all depends on how much more I do with the background. At present I think he could do with a bit more gray shading on the rest of him to match what’s on his head. Aren’t you happy to know that you don’t have to make all these itty bitty decisions unless you’re an artist?

About Alli Farkas

Equine and landscape artist specializing in rural Americana
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2 Responses to Dez, part 3-1/2

  1. rangewriter says:

    Yes. I’m delighted to leave all those little decisions up to you. I love Dez’s eye. And he’s got a sweet, delicate nose. I wonder if he’s an Arabian. I imagine a few fine whiskers near those nostrils and the little peek at his chin.

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    • Alli Farkas says:

      I do believe he’s an Arabian. I didn’t ask, but since the first painting I did for this client was of a beloved Arabian I think it’s a good bet this one is too. I have several photos to work from but it’s hard to tell because the angles aren’t showing enough of a side view to see how much of a dish he may have. The petite delicate quality of the head does suggest Arabian to me.

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