Start to Finish in Pictures
See the story of the process of this artwork in pictures. Scroll down to find more details about each stage of the painting.
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The Story Behind Each Step
The background has several layers on it at this point.
Collage includes quotes from journal entries and images that have symbolic meaning for the owner of this horse.
The horse sketch is transferred and I have started to integrate the collage into the background.
I added color to the edges of the horse and areas like the ear, nostril and eye to begin to bring the horse forward.
I also began painting the little red bird.
A combination of shading and highlights plus softening the background begin to make the horse begin to come off the page.
Adding the detail to the eye always helps to bring out the personality of the horse.
The final touches are always the little details and highlights.
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The Story Behind the Little Red Bird
This painting was a custom piece for Vivian of Art Soul and Horses. Part of my process for custom work is to incorporate as much meaning into the painting as I can. I do this through the colors, the layers I include and symbols that are incorporated into the painting.
For this one, “a little bird” was a special symbol with personal meaning to the owner. As I was working on the painting, I was to the point where I needed to add the bird in. I had decided that the bird would be riding in the mane of the horse as they emerged from the forest, so I had sketched that in.
My next step was deciding what color the bird should be, when I decided to take a break. I walked out to see my horses as I was thinking about the bird in the painting. As I got to the gate, a little red bird flashed in my mind, so I decided to paint the bird red.
After spending a few minutes with my horses, I headed back to the house. One of our cats was near the house and could tell she “had something”. I went to see what it was because I try to save critters whenever I can.
She had a little red bird! A house finch… I was able to distract her so she let the bird go. The house finch lunged right at her and pecked her on the nose before it flew away.