What Does a Black Horse Painted in Peacock Colors Look Like?
Read on to find out…
This commission really challenged me for a couple of reasons. First, it was the largest painting I have done so far at 30″x40″. The size of this canvas meant that the horse is bigger than life.
Next, Brock is a black horse and his owner requested a dark color palette. This is a huge change from my normal color palettes, which are usually very light and bright.
Third, she had a certain idea in mind with having the colors of a peacock feather plus a light copper metallic color as the palette AND she wanted to background to be really light in contrast to the really dark horse. This is also a huge departure from the way I normally work, which is to pick the pose of the horse and create a background and let the rest come intuitively as I go.
Working Large was a Big Change
As I began working on the painting I noticed that working large comes with its own set of challenges. The tiniest change can cause a huge change in the appearance of the image. This surprised me, I thought it would be the other way around.
As I got going and settled into the palette and got out of my head regarding the larger size, I really enjoyed working with a limited palette and using those colors to make a “colorful” black horse.
Adding a bit of metallic was a fun touch too, that added a lot to the painting.
This horse’s human gave me several meaningful words, the names of all of the horses that have been in her life, song lyrics, her daughter’s name, and a saying to work into the background. Little bits of these peek out here and there adding more meaning and joy when she looks at the painting.
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