Spirit Horse / watercolor

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I was trying to make a ghostly transparent look with this experiment. I used masking fluid on the horse and spattered rubbing alcohol on the background. It was fun. I might do another ghost horse. Why wait till Oct? Spooky subjects are fun all year round.IMG_2307

This is my finished charcoal sketch that I started earlier this week, as seen on my previous blog post, when it was kind of rough. I’d like to go abstract with it but I feel like I need to do a tight sketch first.

By the time I finished the watercolor I probably have 7 or 8 hours in this one experiment, including the time I spent sketching, transferring it to watercolor paper then going into it with masking fluid and paint. That’s not including the times I had a fan blowing on it between layers of paint. That might seem like a long time to put into an experiment, but I learned a thing or two that I can use in the future. The more times I draw a subject the easier it gets.

11 thoughts on “Spirit Horse / watercolor”

  1. Both are excellent! I look forward to its abstraction. I cannot recall seeing the abstraction of a horse despite that I have a memory for many paintings. The Spirit Horse verges itself on an abstraction. It stands in my mind for the horses which disappeared from the Plains when the Indians were removed. Sarah

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    1. Thanks! I guess any departure from realism is abstraction. Doing abstract isn’t my strongest point but I’d like to work on that.
      That’s why I called it spirit horse instead of ghost horse, in honor of the horses revered by the Indians.

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