View Full Version : Moon Dancers, Horses WIP

08-20-2012, 05:49 PM
This is a new style I have been exploring this year. I have heard it called Zentangle. I have been having a blast with it.

This painting is on an 18x24 canvas and will be painted using
Golden acrylics airbrush paints. I love how you can create a watercolor effect but the colors or more brilliant.

This is going to be a moonlight scene with the horses backlit by the moon. Lots of blues and purples. Hope you don't get too bored as I do this, take a bit of time to paint one of these.:D

08-20-2012, 07:56 PM
I look forward to watching this!!!

08-20-2012, 09:34 PM
I'm loving the horses already! Can't wait to see what you do with it! Sounds like loads of fun. =)) Cheers Debs.

08-21-2012, 02:12 AM
Doesn't lokk like much yet but this is 2 hours of work:wave:

08-21-2012, 07:02 AM
I think this is going to be amazing! Can't wait to see your next post.

TX Rose
08-21-2012, 09:03 AM
Sherry: Are you actually using an airbrush or just the paints? I haven't heard of this technique but see that the colors are really brilliant. I'll be following this one.

08-21-2012, 03:11 PM
just a brush, but love the colors!

08-21-2012, 03:34 PM
Took this to the art market where I am showing. Got to paint and demo that day. I have these cool pallents that have little troughs for the paint with a lid over the top. Great for liquid acrylics. I loaded it the night before with the colors I need for this piece, blues, greens, purples and white. UNFORTUNATLY my husband used the hand truck to carry everything which tips back as it rolls. Whites are now pale green and I am left with a lot of mystery paint to work with.:confused: (you don't even want to know what it did to the reds and oranges that were there!):rolleyes:
Well, 8 hours later....

08-21-2012, 07:54 PM
It looks quite delicious.
I looked up Zentangle but what you are doing seems very much different (thank goodness) to what I was able to find.
Beautiful drafting of the original horses ( no pun intended)

08-21-2012, 09:03 PM
I figured Zentangle was the closest to discribe what this is. Someone called some of my pieces "Fractured", but that conjures up sharper points in my mind. If anyone has any other ideas what to call this I am open to suggestions

08-21-2012, 11:03 PM
I would say it is a form of expressionism, have a look at the work of Franz Marc, especially his Piggies :)


08-22-2012, 03:10 AM
I see what you mean. Looks like he died young, too bad. I like his art. (besides we are both German):thumbsup:

08-22-2012, 03:21 AM
Yes a lot of them died young, consumption, or madness, alcohol or other drugs.
In Franz' case he died of War.
He painted camouflage canvases to hide equipment from aircraft.
Art almost saved his life but time ran out

08-22-2012, 08:10 AM
I would call it kaleidoscopic! It just reminds me of looking through the old kaleidoscope that I had as a young'n! It is quite spectacular so far, keep going! Cheers =)) Debs.

08-22-2012, 10:12 PM
Yeah, it does have that kaleidoscope effect.

In some way this be very, powerfully, suggestive (of realism). :D

08-22-2012, 11:32 PM

08-23-2012, 04:06 PM
Yeah, my roots are in realism,so I play off that even in this type of painting. I still try to follow the form and shading even in the wild designs.
Here are a couple I put up in an earlier thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18350202&posted=1#post18350202)

Octopus Inc.
08-23-2012, 05:23 PM
This is very nice... of course I am a fan of monumental proportions when it comes to anything even remotely psychedelic! Great work, and good luck!

08-23-2012, 09:13 PM
Looking wonderful Sherry! I also prefer to get a more realistic finish to my work, as much as I try to give an impression of something, I always end up working it to look more realistic! I can't seem to help it, and wish I wasn't so fussy! I love what you are doing, the colours are quite spectacular and it will be a very outstanding work indeed if it keeps going as it is! Cheers and keep posting =)) Debs.

08-23-2012, 10:01 PM
Coming along slowly.

08-24-2012, 08:10 PM

08-24-2012, 09:53 PM
The horses are getting close to being done, couple more nights should have it (I work at night from about between 8-12 for about 3 hours at a time)

08-25-2012, 10:24 AM
Beautiful! A lot of work Sherry, but the result will be spectacular I think! keep going! I love it so far. Cheers =)) Debs.

08-27-2012, 04:00 PM

Ok I was wrong, took three nights to finish the horses:o

08-27-2012, 07:42 PM
Beautiful!!! Can't wait for the background now! =)) Debs.

08-28-2012, 04:25 PM
Here is the moon. This reminds me of putting a mosaic together:)

08-30-2012, 03:42 PM
Wow - I love the ribbon effect - the colors are wonderful I love the medium your working in

08-30-2012, 03:58 PM
The Moon background is coming along and you can get an idea of how the horses will look against the black.

08-30-2012, 08:07 PM
I am really enjoying this! Well done:)

08-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Magnificent! Stunning! =)) Debs

leisure artist
08-31-2012, 03:58 AM
love your work....very imaginative..:clap:

09-01-2012, 03:38 PM
I had to whiten the tips of the mane to make them stand out. I like the effect, looks like they are highlighted by the moonlight.:D

09-01-2012, 04:21 PM
Spectacular! :clap: You could lighten them even a little more and not lose the effect! I love this, we are really seeing some extraordinary talent in this forum lately! Great work, it is developing even more beautifully than I thought it could! :clap: I love those prancing hooves! :thumbsup: =)) Cheers Debs.

Paul Darby
09-02-2012, 07:43 AM
I like this style painting. It's colorful and unique.

09-02-2012, 04:11 PM
I blended more white along the back end of the horse to add more of a moon glow. I will be doing that to the rest of the horses as soon as I finish the black areas

Octopus Inc.
09-02-2012, 05:01 PM
This is very interesting to watch... i like how you're using the white light of the moon to illuminate and define some of the contours and anatomy of the horses back in over the colors, it adds a "realness" i find intriguing.

09-02-2012, 05:08 PM
It give them form so they don't look like cutouts pasted on the board. I am still a realist at heart:D

09-03-2012, 08:33 AM
I've just discovered this thread - these horses are beautiful!

09-04-2012, 08:24 AM
This painting reminds me of magic happening! I absolutely love it. =)) Cheers Debs.

09-05-2012, 02:04 AM
Sorry this isn't as sharp an image,.

09-07-2012, 11:31 PM
Well it is finished. I layered a thin layer of transparent turquoise blue over the dark part of the sky.
After painting the patterns on the path I used a thin layer of blue interferance with a little of the turquoise over the top. The path is a little more then this image shows.
What do you think? Would you make any changes?

09-08-2012, 05:58 AM
What do I think??? It's absolutely disgusting... ly fantastic!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: I love it so much, I wish I could have one for my home! :D What an elegant and charming painting. Such a lot of work but worth every second. Well done Sherry!!! :thumbsup: Cheers Debs. =))

09-08-2012, 03:23 PM
Thank you for your kind words!

TX Rose
09-09-2012, 07:34 PM
"colorspinner" certainly fits your work here. I love the high contrast and color combinations. Did you work from a color wheel or just choose colors you knew would pop? You have such a skillful grasp of colors, hues, intensity, shading and all that demands attention and have discovered an unusual but pleasing new art form. Are you going to keep going in this direction? Hope so.

How would you compare the cost of the spray paint you're using relative to standard oils or acrylics? Are the colors you want readily available? What have you found to be any drawbacks, i.e., ruining brushes, cleaning, drying time, adherence to canvas, etc? I have no plans to try your approach - just curious.

09-09-2012, 08:41 PM
I love the high contrast and color combinations. Did you work from a color wheel or just choose colors you knew would pop?

No color wheel, but I have been painting for close to 50 years so most colors just come by instinct

Are you going to keep going in this direction?
I am having too much fun exploring this style. I want a try some adding metalics as accents as well and try to get a more "earthy" look. We will see what happens.:crossfingers:

How would you compare the cost of the spray paint you're using relative to standard oils or acrylics? Are the colors you want readily available? What have you found to be any drawbacks, i.e., ruining brushes, cleaning, drying time, adherence to canvas, etc?

I find the cost very good as a little goes along ways when you are painting in thin coats. I like the watercolor like effects but with much more brillant and concentrated colors. The color sellection is really good. The only drawback is I notice that the dark colors tend to run when I apply the varnish. So I put a couple of coats of spary varnish over it first to seal it then I can coat it with a liquid varnish. I know it seems a bit redundent but it is a small price to pay to get the effect I want.

BTW the black background I painted in this painting was black gesso. Much better coverage and I don't have to workk about in running paint.