Sunday, May 13, 2012

264 Dressage Show - Gray

"Painting from Life"  The term "painting from life" is a description for a painting done while looking at a live model as opposed to a sketch of photograph. When painting animals this often means painting from an animal in motion. (Sleeping dogs and cats are one exception.)
So setting up the easel at a dressage show, I quickly learned that to paint horses from life, I should paint at the warm up ring. Rather than going through their program and then leaving the ring, in the warm-up, there is a lot of repetition. To paint this gray, I would look, then paint while the  horse and rider came back into the same position again. Look again, paint again.  Always knowing that in an instant, the horse and rider would leave and my model would be gone. Still, it is a very good exercise in concentration, observation and painting. Starting by capturing the movement of the horse and then its form and finally suggesting details. Unfortunately, working too intensely to make a note of the rider's number...

This painting is a 5 x 7, a bit larger than most of the others in this blog.

Dressage Show - Gray
5 x 7 oil on linen panel
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