‘Po’ – Completion

August 6, 2009
'Po' - 18x18 oil on canvas, commission portrait

'Po' - 18x18 oil on canvas, commission portrait

Well, the bun is finally out of the oven 🙂 I’m off to deliver this commission of Po to his owner today. It’s been quite the journey. This painting has taught me a great deal in my process of switching medias to Oil from Coloured Pencil.

I began this painting in January, but restarted it after I took the John Singer Sargent workshop in June. I used the palette used in the workshop consisting of; Ivory Black,  Green Umber, Red Umber, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre Pale and Titanium White. Ultramarine Blue was an optional colour, which I did use.

The main challenges I had with using the methods taught in the workshop were adapting the palette from humans to horses; and not being able to paint everyday. I could only work wet-into-wet in certain sections of the painting, or to a certain point then have to pack it up to get back to family duties.  Inevitably, portions of the painting would be dry or tacky when I would get back to it, so I would have to then wait until it was fully dry before I could touch it again.

This is the first ‘larger’ oil commission I have completed..okay yes, 18×18 is big for me!!  Now I look forward to moving on, knowing that my customer is happy helps too. Gran Gesto is next up for completion! stay tuned!


One comment

  1. Congratulations!!! This piece is so beautiful! You are a great talent 🙂

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