I’m sorry to have been scarce lately. I haven’t been on my computer much lately. Anyhow, here I am with something new.
I’m trying to get in the habit of painting regularly, and though it is a challenge, I do enjoy it. Practice can only help, right?
I felt like trying my hand at painting something that told a story this time. I wasn’t sure what to paint until I got a Civil War magazine from my grandpa. He and I share this interest, so he often sends his Civil War magazines along to me when he’s done reading them. I flipped open the newest one and saw a photograph of a man with a sword and a bugle on horseback. It was a powerful image and, rather on a whim, I decided to paint it.
As might be expected, the photograph was sepia, somewhat blurred and grainy, and of course, very old. Nonetheless, I wanted to paint it.
Oils are forgiving, that’s the good news. I had to make many corrections as I painted this. It took some hard work and a lot of research to try to make the details of the soldier and the horse’s tack look right. I enjoy research very much, so that part wasn’t so bad.
I did this painting, just like my other recent oils, with only three colors, Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, and Ultramarine Blue, plus white. I use these colors thanks to an art instructor who was willing to help show the way to oil painting. He suggested I start with these colors and see how many colors can be mixed from them. How amazing that so many colors can be made from this basic palette!
“Civil War Soldier on Horseback”
-16×20 inches in size, painted on a canvas board.
-Painted with oil paints. Indian Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and White.
-Brushes used were mostly Brights and Flats, as well as a couple of Fan Brushes for the soft background textures and a Dagger Brush for the grasses and the leather reins and straps.
-This took 10-15 hours approximately to paint.
I’ll show you the WIP images first before showing the final result.
And here is the finished painting.
A few close-ups.
Thanks for looking. Have a great day. 🙂