Once the sketch is done, I cover the whole canvas with paint, using black, burnt umber, and for the white, a mixture of white, cobalt blue, and burnt umber to gray it down. I also started on the eyes so that they can guide me throughout the process.
From here, I begin to add layers of paint, or glazing, and adding light. I'll go back and forth at this point from dark to light until I know where and how I want everything.
Again, more and more layers are added. I've also began to mix in a mixture of cobalt blue, purple, and burnt umber mixed with a retardant So that I can blend and smooth out as I need to.I usually dry brush, but for these colors I like using a blending medium so that the underpainting shows through. This mixture is painted in the rear part of the horse as well as some areas of the neck and face.
At this point, I'm still constantly adding, playing with mixtures of burnt umber, burnt sienna, orange, naples yellow, and white. I've also begun to work on the mane by just roughing it in using black. I'm now ready to add light and color to the mane and to texturize with with color. I'm still adding more glazes of color to the rest of the horse also until I'm satisfied with the the results.
This piece should be done by tomorrow, so be sure to check again tomorrow to see the completed piece! Thanks for dropping in.