Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sunlit pasture

Oil painting of a white mare and her chestnut foal standing in sunlit pasture
Most of this small painting was worked with a palette knife. I used one in order to try not to over-fuss the piece. 
I decided on the colours beforehand and pre-mixed four colour/value chains, two for each horse: one to use for the light and one to represent the shade. Despite this precaution it was still tricky disentangling all those legs.
The legs presented the same conundrum as trees against the sky in landscape painting: do you paint the branches first or the sky first? The legs or the pasture? 
There is no right answer, of course. I did a combination of both.