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06-17-2015, 12:59 AM
I think this weeks WDE with the magnificent horse statue and the inspirational paintings that some participants created from it got me on my horse racing jag again. I have done four over the past few years and I got the urge to give another one a go. This is on a stretched canvas measuring 35 x 32 inches and took about 2 hours so far. If it works out I will enter it in our local show in August.
I would be very happy to get suggestions or criticisms as the work progresses

06-17-2015, 04:01 AM
Your colours and lines are fantastic! And there's is a great sense of depth.

I am however unsure about the magenta beneath the horses, im sure there is a reason, but I cant see it, apart fromvthat though, you have a great control of your colours and values.

chammi kaiser
06-17-2015, 04:55 AM
Fabulous colours and movement Christine. Looking forward to watching this unfold. Thanks for sharing.

06-17-2015, 05:00 AM
I started blocking in the horses and just happened to use magenta, decided I did not not like it so washed over the whole canvas and this is just where I have not painted it out yet. Thank you for looking and commenting.

06-17-2015, 07:51 AM
This could be finished as is, and I like it. Can't wait to see where you take it. Great colors, and the Magenta works for me. Are these the first color statements or was there an earlier layer?

06-17-2015, 09:06 AM
I like the composition
well done :)

06-17-2015, 10:53 AM
The drawing is excellent. The blues are too strong so far. Lovely work.

06-18-2015, 01:14 AM
Thank you all for your comments, here it is after a further hour and a half. I am still playing with colour and deciding what details to include or leave out.


06-27-2015, 01:27 AM
Spent a bit more time on it today, I think it is starting to take shape.


06-27-2015, 07:46 AM
Christine, love this painting. Something about the furthest back horses leg bothers me though. Is the back front leg set a little too high ? It just looks a little high and thin. Otherwise , beautiful work!

06-27-2015, 08:31 AM
Thank you Cindy, the back horse definitely needs more work as does the centre one. I am also bothered by how or if to show the hind legs of these two horses. I wont be able to get back to it for a while so plenty of time to think about it.

06-27-2015, 09:45 AM
I love the blue on the white(?) horse in the center. Very nice.

Charlie's Mum
06-27-2015, 10:51 AM
Don't know how I missed this Christine!
I like the way it's shaping - don't lose the vigour! - it was very apparent in #1, maybe the defining aspect is taking away the feel of the movement and speed a little?
I love the use of complementaries in this and the drawing is good ......... I think I'd lose the back leg of the middle horse - maybe you textural painting can indicate a blur of movement there instead!:lol:

06-27-2015, 06:30 PM
I know Maureen, I kill everything I spend more than 2 hours on. I guess I can blame/thank the WDE for that. Still all is not lost yet and yes I will definitely lose that leg.

06-27-2015, 10:38 PM
I love this and agree with Maureen about the raw vigour of the first. I really admire the colour and energy in your painting, Christine. It is always a real treat.

07-12-2015, 04:42 AM
Another couple of hours and I have lost the leg and done some adjustments to the 2 rear horses. I think I should shorten the nose on the blue horse and the chest and legs of the 3rd horse looks odd. The jockeys are starting to take shape. I hope I am not overworking it. Its hard for me to tell,

07-12-2015, 04:52 AM
I do enjoy your current version of the piece but I love the movement of the original version. At first this piece had such a great sense of movement and now it seems more cemented on the canvas. Still, I love your sense of color, the vivid colors really pop off the canvas. And I particularly love the treatment of the two horses in the foreground. I preferred the middle horse when it had darker shading, but that may just be my personal preference. You have lost some of the details in its rippling muscles by lightening it. Good decision on removing the extra leg! :)


Charlie's Mum
07-12-2015, 07:49 AM
The third horse chest is vertical rather than sloping back;) and yes, his legs need adjusting!:)
Agree about the second horse head size!

Love that first horse though:) - and jockey!

Just a suggestion - but maybe if you softened the lines of the further two horse - blurred again - to give a greater sense of movement they'd be less pronounced and allow the greater definition of the front horse?

07-12-2015, 11:47 AM
Great colour and energy for sure. The jockeys look great to me, but I am generally partial to a less "finished" look so that's my bias. The third horse needs the tweaks to the chest and perhaps a little more flesh on the legs? But really nice work.

Anne Johnson
07-12-2015, 11:22 PM
Really nice work. I love seeing the progression, and the colors are delightful. Each horse has a personality.

07-15-2015, 01:59 AM
Ok my wife and I think the one on the right's legs are off? it looks like its standing still ,while others are moving. it should be in a gallop. other than that great!

07-16-2015, 06:34 AM
I like all the colours and sense of movement

07-16-2015, 09:39 AM
You might enjoy this video http://www.realclearscience.com/video/2013/06/21/beautiful_a_horse_galloping_in_slow_motion.html
Shows well the mystery of a galloping horse

07-16-2015, 11:55 AM
What a great thread. I love to see the developments of a painting!!! This one keeps getting better and better! Fantastic color...

07-21-2015, 04:43 AM
Thank you cresta126, that is an amazing video and very helpful in getting the anatomy right. Thank you everyone for your interest and insightful comments. I have done some more and think it is nearly finished. I wanted to give a suggestion of a crowd in the background without going into a lot of detail. I have tried putting in hats and blurred figures but it looked wrong so brought it back to its present form. There are shadows of the corrected horses as well that I have not entirely removed. It does not bother me really, what do you think?


07-21-2015, 08:19 AM
Glad the video helped, I think the horse in the foreground needs another front leg, when the horse has his one fore leg straight down like that he is leaning into it and stretching out with the other foreleg.
Everything else looks great , you have captured the jockeys ,and the excitement,color and intensity of the race. I like the background.

07-28-2015, 04:29 AM
I am calling it finished, I have spent way too long on it and don't want to kill whatever life is left in it. I have thickened the front left leg on the lead horse and blurred the area around the legs to suggest speed, thank you to those that commented and made suggestions.