Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Appy in Waiting"

"Appy in Waiting" - Oil - 6" x 8" - $150

"This Appaloosa was in the upcoming halter class and the handler had her ready and waiting near the horse show photographer's background drape. While sunlight warmed her back, the shadow side of her became a lovely aqua." --- SFG

I used the strong contrast of color and value to compose this small piece and it became a bigger statement. It would have been static and boring if I had not given the human figure an unexpected pose. The darks of her pants and the head of the darker horse on the left balanced the scene. Watch for such opportunities while you are painting and put them in quickly with assurance. If you don't get it right the first time, wipe it out and lay it in again. Temerity always shows.

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