Jennifer in the Hunt, January 24, 2010

Jennifer in the Hunt

What a spectacular day to be outside for painting.  Lynda Lewis makes me feel welcome painting under the trees at Lyndon Acres in Burleson while my wife rides.  This painting I started before Christmas, but then got cold feet and let it lay dormant a few weeks (however, it continued to compost in my mind).  I’m completely out of my comfort zone here.  I’m pouring watercolors for the first time in my life, and painting with a limited palette of pure pigments instead of earth tones.  I have very limited experience in painting horses (about 4-5 watercolor sketches in my entire life) and have never painted hounds (which will eventually materialize in the foreground).  The colors are brighter than I am used to, but I’m enjoying the blaze before my eyes.  I’m spending much more time studying the photographs given to me by Jennifer Stewart (who created and maintains my website), beautiful photos taken by her husband.  I appreciate so much her contribution to this new adventure, and am looking forward to seeing where it will take me.  I still have a long way to go before I can get closure on this one, but at least I’m having fun.

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4 Responses to “Jennifer in the Hunt, January 24, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Even incomplete it is absolutely beautiful. Great color and motion!
    I hope to try pouring color this year. That is one of my objectives. I can’t wait for you to finish this. It is a very exciting work.


  2. Alex Zonis Says:

    I love your pouring experiment – you seem to be a natural with this technique. Round of applause from me! And I love the new palette – pure pigments are great. Keep going – it is looking great!


  3. lesliepaints Says:

    I like the spontaneity that the pouring is contributing to this piece. I am looking forward to seeing the finished result. This looks like FUN!


  4. David Tripp Says:

    Thanks for all the positive comments. The pouring scared the devil out of me–I usually demand some sort of control! But I’m astounded at what happens when you start tilting, spraying and blotting and re-pouring. Amazing things start to happen on that wet surface! Now I’m just trying to make the horses look like actual horses and the equestrians not look like mannequins!


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