Horses, Painting

Student Issues

One of the perks of being an adult (there really aren’t too many when you think about it) is the right to go off track when you take a class without anyone scolding you.

This is, obviously, is a mixed blessing. While it can be fun to run off on a tangent, if you are earnestly trying to learn something and a shiny object distracts you, well, your choice is to take the class again or put on your grown-up blinders.

Last week (week 5 of Messy Palette Club), for various reasons, I wasn’t inspired by the topic. At the very least I just didn’t want to. So I got to thinking about how to make my horse paintings more simple (the topic of the Messy Palette Club Summer Session is simplicity) and I started going through photos.

Next thing I know, this photo caught my attention.

secret strategy

The pencil came out… then a peach wash… and tonight I’m contemplating the finishing touches on this.

"Secret Strategy" - 22"x15" - unfinished
“Secret Strategy” – 22″x15″ – unfinished

The jockey’s face needs some more work. And I may add some more highlights to the tack.

But this was so much fun, I started another one tonight. Here’s my reference photo.


And here’s my start.

“Chased by Darkness” – 22’x15″ – start

I’d say something about how I should go off track more often, but really… I don’t think I need more encouragement to do that.