Finished the Equestrian Watercolor, August 14, 2010

Sandi Riding Andante

Glad to finish this one, finally.  Sandi will be surprised.  She knew I started this several weeks ago.  But she only saw the outlined pencil drawing of her riding Andante.  Today while she was out doing “horse” things with her daughter, I worked as quickly as possible to finish this up.  It’s always hard to know when to quit and just let the painting go.  I think I have done all I can to it.  Maybe I’ll change my mind in the days ahead, but for now, it looks “finished” and I’m going to leave it at that (for the time being!).

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4 Responses to “Finished the Equestrian Watercolor, August 14, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    I really like the perspective you chose for this painting. It says so much more than a photograph. I like the play of light in this, also, with the horse’s head vanishing into the darks. You have highlighted the rider.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. I had to solve plenty of problems here, working from 2 photos of horse & rider, making decisions about light & shadow, and also painting a background en plein air. I’m pleased with how it looks and stopped rather abruptly, fearful of overworking and killing it. I never did get her flack jacket the right shade of blue, but stopped anyway. Thank you for the helpful comments.


  2. carolye Says:

    OH Me Oh My! That is beautiful, David! You have really outdone yourself. I finally had a minute to catch up on your blog and I’m blown away by all your work. Wonderful, vibrant colors. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – you inspire me! I especially love the left belly of Andante. The colors are deep and surprising. I, too, love the perspective. Well done, my friend, well done!


  3. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Carolye. What an honor, you looking at my work, thank you! Thank you again for the wonderful time we had painting in the Garden of the Gods (and at Eureka Springs!). You are indeed an inspiring artist. Please stay in touch and let me know what you’re working on. I am so looking forward to seeing you next month, and hope you’ll have time to do a little plein air painting while you’re in Texas (hopefully the weather will have calmed down by then).


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