Hot Shoe, part 2

I was eager to return to this work after the painting dried.  This morning I worked on legs- the horse’s weight bearing foot; the farrier’s chaps and initial wash for his boot.  Treatment for the chaps was approached in a different manner than the very modeled and harder-edged shirt.  The leather in the chaps still had shadows and highlights, but the surface of the leather is softer, requiring a wet-into-wet approach.  Lifting the highlights while the paint was still wet also added to a softer edge.  I found I needed all 6 pigments to complete these pieces of the painting- dominant pigments: raw sienna- lower chaps; burnt sienna & ultramarine blue- upper chaps & hoof tool; burnt sienna- hoof.

Hot Shoe part 4 copyright C Isgreen
Hot Shoe part 4 copyright C Isgreen

Next steps: finish the boot and paint the jeans, then pull the painting together with final touches.

Author: Cheri Isgreen

I have been a lifelong rider and horse lover. I got my first "horse" at a yard sale; it was a pony actually. It was sometime in the early 60's. I was in 3rd or 4th grade. The pony was perhaps $10. My sister, brother, and I pooled our money and led him home. At the time my parents were traveling, and my Uncle Bill promptly made us return it. (stay tuned...more to come...)

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