Idyllic Pastures, January 25, 2010

Yesterday I posted my newest watercolor in progress “Jennifer in the Hunt.”  Since today I had Jury Duty, I only have had time to render one more horse in that painting.   I didn’t see that as sufficient work to re-post the picture.  I’ll wait for more progress before I present that one again.  So . . . here is one of my earliest attempts to watercolor-sketch a horse.  I wish to develop skill in rendering horses—such beautiful creatures.  My wife rides, so I am around horses much more lately, but have trouble fighting back the insecurities.  After all, this is Texas—and any tree shaken will dislodge a dozen excellent equine artists.  However, I’m going to enter that zone and do what I can.  I titled this one “Idyllic Pastures” because the sun was getting low, and I was fascinated with the play of light off the beautiful coats of the grazing horses.  Not feeling competent with the watercolor, I put plenty of drawing into this one, with graphite and water-soluble graphite, as well as watercolor pencils.  A few touches of Winsor & Newton watercolor pigments were applied as well.  I was happy with the overall result, and did a few more.  I’ll post those at a later date (maybe as soon as tomorrow if I don’t make more progress on “Jennifer in the Hunt”).

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7 Responses to “Idyllic Pastures, January 25, 2010”

  1. Dancer Says:

    I am so delighted to see you painting horses! Music to my eyes…


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Wow, Dancer, I just got this posted! Can’t believe you picked it up so quickly. Thank you for your affirmation and encouragement. I hope I can take these horses a lot further. Too bad I didn’t have the interest years ago.


  3. Francis Says:

    Hello David, i got your blog link from Leslie white, our online art guru. I really like your work especially those telling the story of local scene. Your skill on capturing light is amazing and very nice hourse painting indeed.


  4. Dancer Says:

    It came through on the facebook feed, and I happened to be on! I enjoy equestrian art so much more when proper attention is paid to the anatomy, which you’ve done so well. It’s the vet in me! But of course, the artistry is (equally? more?) important..this flows beautifully. I love the details of the flicking tail and the leaning fence post.

    Thanks for taking the time to blog these and say a bit about each piece.


  5. T.L. Anderson Says:

    Very nicely done! I have a soft spot for animals/wildlife. I agree
    with Dancer, this does flow beautifully.
    Take care,


  6. Alex Zonis Says:

    This is a beautiful painting, David. I understand and can relate to what you are saying about your insecurity at the time, but you did very well. I love your shadows especially, but also the highlights, the movement of the tail and the unusual point of view. Great work!


  7. artbythepaintedbrush Says:

    Really love this one.


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