Saturday, July 10, 2010

Got Milk??

Close ups

Oil on 5x7 hardboard..

My submission for this week's WDE at Wet Canvas. The ref photo was supplied by Jean.
The challenge for this week was to paint using only three primary colors. I chose Ult. Blue, Yel. Ochre, and Transparent Red Iron see what might happen.

The TRIO + YO yielded a great color for the colt! I think it is more vibrant than burnt sienna, my usual choice.
But after I got the horses laid in, I realized I would have to add to my palette. The Ult. Blue and Yel. Ochre made a dull spinach...not bright enough for me. So I added Cad. Yel. Med. Then, what the hey, I added Aliz. Crim. to mix in some of the darks.
Hope ya like it.

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  1. Nice job, Dean. I used that same trio of colors in a painting once, and you're right, the greens are definitely nothing to write home about. Your additional colors really helped make the painting pop and sizzle. Good choice.


  2. Dean, This really caught my eye! Not only the title, but the scene! Reminds me of a painting I did about 100 years ago for my horse loving daughter...I didn't know then what I know now, so it wasn't that great...but you just brought back the feelings I had back then for my little angel of a girl who had such a love of horses! Thank you!!

  3. Such beautiful animals Dean and you've painted both the mare and her foal so feelingly! Again in your lovely painterly style - yes, like it a lot!!

  4. Excellent Dean, really well painted, love the subjects too)

  5. I think this is truly stunning, Dean. I don't know why, but I hadn't ever thought about ponies nursing, no have I ever noticed a female adult horse having the necessary equipment to do that. Sorry for the tmi images going through my head, but honestly what began happening up there when I looked at this beautiful piece. The wonder, the beauty, the awe. Well done!

  6. Yes, the green is bright!
    I often use Cadmium yellow light, or lemon yellow for my greens to pop.
    Glad I found your art!


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