Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mini Haggis (part II)

Mini Haggis after approx 2
coats of dry pigments

The Mini Haggis had approx two days to dry after receiving a couple of layers of dry pigment. Although you can work on the piece immediately after the fixatives have dried, I always find that waiting at least 24 hours offers better results.

At the moment I am enjoying the fluidity and ease of clean up of Duo Aqua Oil colors which are produced by Holbein. These oil paints can be mixed with either water or oils and clean up with water. They basically "feel" like oils, but clean up like a water based paint. Oil paint is applied after the matte fixatives have dried and these applications help to deepen the color on the coat.

Mix up the next layer of color and slowly apply in patches to the horse. Take a dry blender brush (I prefer a square) and blend in the color till it is smooth. Keep working in small patches till the entire horse is covered. This piece will be an extreme sabino in the end so it's legs and most of it's belly will be white so there is no need to go crazy with coloring the barrel or lower legs.

Let dry overnight and add more layers the next day depending upon the richness of color desired. Use the same "small patch and dry brush" techniques addressed here.

Apply oil color in patches

Blend the oil outward onto
surrounding areas till smooth

Mini Haggis with
one coat of oils.

An Eberl "Bjalla" being
painted a dun. This is the third
layer of oils after 2 layers of dry pigments.

"The Ribbon"
Graphite and watercolor on archival bristol

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Heather said...

squeeeeee! Lookit my Beautiful Bjalla!!!!!

Elizabeth Simpson said...

I am totally enjoying reading your Blog with my morning Coffee. Your Mice are so sweet to see and I learn something each time. Elizabeth Simpson