Sunday, July 26, 2009

Barnyard Mayhem 5

Well, the surprise is appearing! This pony is feeling his oats and is racing around the barnyard scattering the chickens every which way. These are the base coats. I hope to finish this piece tomorrow and see what colors pop up!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Barnyard Mayhem 4

I took a gamble on the background color, but now I think it's perfect as a contrast to the Welsh Cob pony. Pretty soon the "surprise" will appear!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Barnyard Mayhem 3

Layer after gets a little scary to me sometimes, too. I'm always juggling and balancing color and value, lights and darks, cools and warms. This is a large painting, 30" x 40", for my little studio! Can't wait to get to the "surprise" that will appear last in the bottom right corner!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Barnyard Mayhem 2

Here we go again with the laying down of some very strange colors, but it will all make sense later. I took a few days off to hostess my mother for a visit and her 92nd birthday. At the party, the ponies performed their circus tricks for everyone. I think there should be a painting in my future of circus ponies...using home talent!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Barnyard Mayhem

This piece is 30" x 40" on illustration board. It has three layers of gesso and four layers of gel medium to seal the board, as well as sealing on the edges. Oil pastel can get into the fibers of an illustration board, so the multiple sealings keep everything where it should be. The background is acrylic around the drawing. This one will have a surprise in the bottom right corner, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, there is a very special cat that is waiting to appear on the next piece, and as a message to his loving caregivers, his board is 30" x 42" and is getting the multiple sealings, as well. This process can take up to a week as each layer must dry thoroughly before the next layer can be applied.
So very much fun!


It's finished and will go to the photographer tomorrow. Yippee!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Polo 5

I'm in the final stages on this one. One more post to show the finished piece coming right up!