Demo #2

Besides the landscape demo, I created a surreal composition of Lipizzan horses frolicking in the moonlight.  This painting employs a number of unusual characteristics, resulting in a modern painting, though rendered in traditional representational imagery of the 3 foot phases of the canter: (hind leg strike off, diagonal pair on the ground, and foreleg lead pushing into the suspension phase.  The suspension phase was not included, as it would have made this composition crowded.)

First, the moon was pushed forward to become the fourth character in the painting.  Second, I changed the color scheme to warm, though night paintings are usually portrayed  in cool colors.  Finally, I changed the format from the traditional horizontal format depicting a group of running horses to a vertical.  The hard edges resulting from the poured technique, combined with the vertical format gives this painting the flavor of an Oriental woodblock print.

"Frolic in the Moonlight" copyright C Isgreen 2015
“Frolic in the Moonlight” copyright C Isgreen 2015

Below one can see the results of the final pour with the mask being removed to reveal the painting underneath, as alluded to in the previous post:  Poured Watercolor Workshop at Western Colorado Center for the Arts,  https://cheriisgreenfineart.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/poured-watercolor-workshop-at-western-colorado-center-for-the-arts/

final pour dry; removing mask
final pour dry; removing mask

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2 thoughts on “Demo #2

  1. I have a question for you. I’m working on a poured water color picture and am unsure how much detail to put in the background because there’s lots and lots of trees and lots of lots of bushes. My question is, how much value do I put in the background as opposed to the image that I’m really trying to focus on? Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE Phone

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    1. Marilyn, just keep the background loose. You can do a light pour suggesting some branches & leaves- (less is more), mask that off- then do a dark background (or vice versa) depending on the value scheme of the main image. Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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