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Old 12-04-2008, 12:30 AM
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Just worked the horse and its shadow today. I straightened the back leg and moved the point of the hip slightly forward. I lowered the point of the hock slightly and the fetlock. I am much happier with that back end now. I also lightened the neck where it is turning more fully into the light and reduced the dark shadows I had along the windpipe. Also worked the highlights and shadows more. Still a bit to go on the horse and still need to finish up the middle and foreground.
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those legs look nice and strong, coming along so well
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I am about to call this done, but, will look it over for a day or so first...I'm sure I will find lotsa little things to change! I do know already that I may go back into the horses body color and maybe use a glaze to bring up the form of the hindquarters and barrel. They are looking a bit flat yet. And better highlighting on the mane and tail. Hmmm. I shouldn't look at these things after I have decided they are done. LOL!
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I don't think any of it looks flat...............except the ground, which should look flat anyway. I love it!!!!
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Thankyou, Patrick!
I can't leave well-enough alone, though. I've been looking at this in grey scale and reversed to get a fresher perspective on it. I see things! LOL! I will have to go into this again and see what I can do about those things! (but, you are right, it doesn't look flat, except the ground, lol!)
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OK, I think this is really it, the done deal! I worked on the values on the horse a bit more, specifically I worked the highlights on the mane, tail and legs. I also move the far back leg further back and added a bit to the rump. I think this is about the best I can get on this one.
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Beautiful finish, it was just great to see all the stages this went through, makes me feel braver, to know that a painting can evolve through all this. I'm sure the client will be so happy.
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Thankyou, Colleen!
This did go through a few changes, but, nothing like that mustang painting! I think the hardest thing about making changes in a painting is that the new version may lack the life and character of the original...but, if it's not right, then I feel you may as well make the attempt because you'll never be happy with it if you have to keep looking at a big flaw.
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Yes, you are so right, reminds me I'm reading Munning's Autobiography (3 vol) he was considered the greatest equine artist of the last cent. At a retrospective show of over 100 works, he says only a few are any good at all, and it's embarassing to see how far off he got on the rest. 'Fraid this goes with the territory of being an artist, and mostly the better the artist the less satisfied they are .
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