I got to work on this painting, one of the two commissions I want to finish this month, for a couple of hours today. It's 18" x 24". I think I'm really going to enjoy this one. So far I've just used a small bright bristle brush to get the sketch on, and then a large, wide flat bristle brush to block it out this far. I'm trying the idea of the dark background above the stable wall. The reference has round bars like a jail cell and a window beyond them- not attractive. I think with the rim lighting along the top of the mane, the separation between horse and background might work. I haven't put much effort into the man's likeness yet, so the smile is a bit wide top to bottom and i think the face is a bit long. It's fun to work on something large enough to force me to step back often to even see if I'm getting the sketch right. I didn't want to work from a printed photo, so set the computer monitor up on the counter and faced it into the studio. The control that gives me in the way of size and contrast and degree of brightness is helpful.
Life is good!