Monday, October 31, 2011

13. Adjusting Stirrups

Adjusting   Stirrups 5x7 oil /panel

Sometimes you gotta paint something just because you love it. I love this image - I think it might be a riding lesson, or perhaps just a new rider, and the stirrups weren't quite right.  The pony waits patiently while the instructor gets everything set just right .  The back lighting was probably what really attracted me... I especially love the way the light pours through that pony's tail. Painting something back lit requires very subtle changes in value - the back lit object is almost a silhouette but there are slight changes in tone to depict the form.... but not much.
Did you know that there are really very few white horses?  Most of what we would call a "white" horse is really a gray - it has to do with the color of their skin under their coat.  Take that and use it in conversation this week!

3 comments:

Caroled said...

Love this painting ... so much detail on a small format.... love the details of light....

Judy P. said...

Hey, I can post here; not only an art lesson, but equine biology too!

Deb said...

Thanks both of you guys!!! I love painting horses...
Judy, glad I got that fixed!