When I got wind of the World Cup coming to Omaha there was no question . . . I was attending this event. It was an experience of a lifetime. Fifty international equestrian champions fly 11-hours from the Netherlands to Nebraska. Horses worth over a million dollars were a sight to see perform. These are some of the best riders and horses on the planet. I was star struck and got some incredible photos.
It is always exciting to see a cardinal at any time of the year. The bright red stands out in any background color and is always a joy to paint.
Still having fun experimenting with black and white pastels. I'm looking for the value of my reference material instead of color. This gets me thinking differently in the sketching process. It is fun to learn something new and develop ourselves. Below is the first sketch that served as a learning curve for the animal and the lights and darks. The second image is where I took the piece on black paper using white pastel and charcoal.
Beginning the Paint Horse Portrait:
Adding color and detail:
This is the finished painting of the Paint Horse Portrait in pastel. 20" x 16". You can see the Paint Horse Portrait, along with other horses, here: