I had a great time painting this lovely horse, Darla. There were so many colors on her face – from deep purple to bright pink. It’s one of the reasons this painting is so successful. The lighting adds so much interest. One side of the horse’s face is in warm bright sunlight, and the other in cool shadow.
The first strokes of paint on paper are always the ones you fret and stress over the most. This one gave me more gray hairs than most. I loaded a large brush with purple paint and and went down the middle of the nose, top of the head and the right side of the face. I knew immediately it was the right choice and just dug right into the rest of the painting. Teal on the snout with pink, orange on the bottom of the nose and bright pink around the left eye. Look carefully and you can see all of those colors and. more.
I’ve never painted a horse before, and now I can’t wait until I get another opportunity. This one was painted on 11″ x 14″ 140# cold pressed watercolor paper, matted to fit a 16″ x 20″ frame. I know that the horse owner is going to cherish this heirloom for a long time to come.