EQUINE ART- "High-Flyer"

March 6, 2015

This painting was an exercise in getting out of my comfort zone! The background was my issue as it had to complement the rearing horse and not detract from it. I had to be careful that the background didn't suggest a fantasy image as this is not the impression I had intended for the painting. I initially put in a dusty effect but wasn't happy with the result and contemplated on it for a while, churning over ideas in my mind. Then, with a fresh start and the day ahead of me, I began to mix colours that already existed in the horse and would therefore harmonise the whole painting. I started to smear the assortment of paint onto the canvas with a palette knife and thought "wow... this is the effect I'm after!" and off I went continuing in upward strokes layering the paint on thickly and adjusting the colours to add variation and interest. I must say it was quite scary but also exhilerating to try something new and create a painting with a very different style to my usual approach. As always, art is about getting out of your comfort zone and enjoying the journey it takes you on.

                                                                "Happy painting!"


"High-flyer"  24" x 30" on gallery wrap canvas


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