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Roan
07-25-2000, 12:57 AM
First show of the new 1984 season, Rockwood Trail Riders, Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Size: 14.5 x 21.5
Pastels: Rowney, Schmincke, Sennelier
Surface: suede matboard

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Comments? Suggestions?

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Mar sin leibh an-drāsda,

Roan

tammy
07-29-2000, 12:43 AM
ooo oooo coool I love horses. I used to own a couple when I was younger and rode in what are called Play days here. Days for small events such as barrel racing, and other games using horses by riding clubs.
I like this, very nice. I have to say that something about the horse in the background just doesn't seem right to me. Maybe if it was a little taller? I'm not sure but its either a color or perspective thing. The main subject is great. Well done.
Ps. On second thought, I think that I would have left the second horse out completely.

[This message has been edited by tammy (edited July 28, 2000).]

Roan
07-30-2000, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by tammy:
ooo oooo coool I love horses. I used to own a couple when I was younger and rode in what are called Play days here. Days for small events such as barrel racing, and other games using horses by riding clubs.
I like this, very nice. I have to say that something about the horse in the background just doesn't seem right to me. Maybe if it was a little taller? I'm not sure but its either a color or perspective thing. The main subject is great. Well done.
Ps. On second thought, I think that I would have left the second horse out completely.


Thanks, Tammy!

I considered leaving the background horse out, but decided against it as I felt that Shawn's nose pinks would lift out of the painting better if they were contrasted against the dark and blue horse. The fence railings weren't large enough in that area to provide that contrast, so I said, "heck with it" and put the horse in :P

Hugs!

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Mar sin leibh an-drāsda,

Roan

Foxton
08-03-2000, 09:20 AM
You've done a lovely job, what a great horse. Tell me more about painting on a suede matboard. What sort of feel does it have - like real suede? Does it take lots of layers?

Roan
08-03-2000, 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Foxton:
You've done a lovely job, what a great horse. Tell me more about painting on a suede matboard. What sort of feel does it have - like real suede? Does it take lots of layers?

It is real suede! It's wonderful! It's, oh my gosh, hard to explain http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

I read about this in the Pastel Journal and I just had to try it -- that picture above was my first one. See, I love and hate velour. I love the softness of velour and the fact that it doesn't "eat" pastels, but I hate the way pastel DUSTS off it. I hate the "smudgey" look and the fact that not all colors will cover another. Ie: white over black. Ugh.

Suede matboard not only gives you that soft look, but it GLOWS. You can cover black with white easily, too. Example: there were three raw umber trees in the background of that horse painting originally. I used a bristle brush and compressed air to remove them and just painted over with cerulean blues.

Best of all, it doesn't dust! I've banged that painting a zillion times, no dust! Want to remove a bad spot? Put on a dust mask, grab a can of air, go outside and blow it, real close. I even blew that above painting very lightly with compressed air when it was finished to remove any surface dust and to brighten the dark colors.

As for layers, I've got about four or five on her barrel (sides where the pink is).

Glad you like my painting and hope this helps!


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Mar sin leibh an-drāsda,

Roan