Next harness painting (first one still underway) This is to be a generic painting. I do not want any horses or humans to be recognised, therefore, I am changing the horses and humans from what was in the photo.
This particular painting is on linen. I normally use canvas or board, but splurged on a small roll of linen to have a go. I have taped it to a board.
I know the painting is very dark at this point, I will be lightening it. I have been working mainly on the darks until now.
I used Raw Sienna as a base for the painting. It is showing through in the highlights on the horses at this stage. *?? Rather than mixing lighter red/browns and trying to slavishly colour check the photographs I am working from, I am wondering if I should work with what I already have and just add some mid tones where necessary? Then use the odd dab of T white for eventual highlights?
Another question is *?? the sulky cover in the bottom left.....? I appreciate racing people will understand what it is. Otherwise, it is a confusing pile of two tone vinyl. Should I turn it into a folded horse rug, a bag of gear, or some buckets or perhaps hay instead...?
Have shifted the off hind leg of the mare in the stall, to be stepped forward at a slight angle rather than straight as in the photo. It looks awkward now, but am hoping it will resolve as I fiddle! The near fore leg will be shifted as I have it in the wrong place.
*?? This horse will probably have blue harness (not yellow) to counteract the jeans.....any thoughts? I do not intend to have the human unharnessing it in view.
*?? Should the sulky wheels be red? If so, should the red be elsewhere?
If not red, should it be the same colour as whatever I have in that pile on the bottom left?
*?? I understand the corrugations on the roof do not match the dark hollows underneath. I just want to give the idea. I think if I try to paint each one individually, I may loose some of what I have gained....not sure....? Also the inside corrugations are narrower than the roof ones, which may be an issue.....?
As I say, this work is probably not even half constructed. The foundations have just set and I do not yet have all the plans for the finished building, so any help, would be gratefully appreciated. Once again, I failed miserably to do proper initial sketches!!!! What is wrong with me that I can't learn from my mistakes???
Photo as it stands today,
Stages so far
Photos shown at night with light above. No proper setup. Just a record for me as how it developed.
If you read this far, Thanks. Please suggest how you would like to see this develop.