Start with a Background
Dappled Pony colorful horse paintings begin with a mixed media background. I play with many colors, types of paint, collage, different tools, and different techniques in many layers. I keep going with adding layers until I feel like I have something I want to work with. The background sometimes ends up changing completely by the time I am done with the painting, but sometimes it shows through quite a bit. Each painting is wildly different and feels totally like a new adventure.
Horse comes Next
Next, I pick a pose and draw the horse onto the background. This is where serendipity comes into play because I respond to the background that is already there as I move forward. I then begin to define the horse more and more through many layers, adding more colors, shading and highlights. A lot of this process is done through “feel”. I feel my way through the painting by listening to my intuition for color choices and next steps to take. I keep going until I feel a click or a sense that the horse is “done” and their energy is coming through loud and clear.