The end of March has gotten rough, so I thought some indoor work was in order. I drew this from a photo of my big gelding, Pine's Poco Amor. He is a quarter horse, but is 16.3 hands high!! His saving grace is that he is short-coupled, making him easy to ride as he collects well. Not the smartest of horse, yet very kind.So, I drew him in Pencil, to understand all the values I was seeing. I thought, maybe I will try to be very realist with this one. I am usually trying to be "Loose" but this time I thought I would satisfy my "detail" mode. So, I chose a 300 lb. watercolor paper and put the drawing onto that. Then loosely painted with watercolor the background wash. After that I used a " Giselle" method, and painted the horse head's values with watercolor in violet tones-----Then used the pastles to finish.
I did use pastel pencils when I began, thinking I would really try for detail. Alas, I don't think I pulled that off. I don't think I am the fussy kind! Values seem to be what I see the most, and the details are mind-boggling! Anyhow, It was a great way to experiment, and really see where I am with this art " Thing" I really think I love Plein-air most. followed by, I guess, animals--and then, whatever catches my fancy! I am still experimenting and trying to learn. We call him " Switch" for his nickname.