Painting Again

16 Feb

Dry media is my favorite thing to do…but sometimes, the bold, colorful, messy and fun world of paint calls me back to give it another try.  This was the case with this painting.  For two days last week, my internet and cable tv were not working, and it sort of forced me to think outside the box as far as something to do with free time.

Hm, maybe the cable and internet should kick out more often? 🙂

I’m not sure if you are familiar with Breyer horses, but I collected them as a kid and they are such beautiful horse figurines.  Since I didn’t have internet to search for an image to paint, I set out one of my old Breyers and decided to try to paint it.  I do find painting from life easier than from a photo – it seems much easier to get accurate colors that way.  So I sat down in my studio and put on some fun music – it’s much easier to create with music.  Music is the most amazing thing, isn’t it?  It makes everything better.  Tapping my toes to music, I set out this horse figurine and pulled out my acrylic paints.  The palette consists mostly of buttery yellows, cool gray, black for the background and just a dot of white for the catchlight in the eye.

White Horse on Black (I’m no good at titles!)

– 6 x 8 inches in size

– Basics brand acrylic paints

– Painted on a canvas board

– Mostly painted with flats and brights, as well as a fabulous dagger paintbrush for the mane

– This took an hour and forty minutes to complete

Thank you for looking!


Posted by on February 16, 2013 in All Artwork, Paintings


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14 responses to “Painting Again

  1. Coloured-Windows by katleenj

    February 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    love the rhythm of the movement in this painting

    • Jenna

      February 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Hi Kathleenj! Thank you very much for the kind comments in this painting. I’m so happy you like it. Just checked out your blog; you have such a nice style and feel to your work! Thanks again.

  2. janukke

    February 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Yep, I agree with Katleen. There´s lots of character in there!

    • Jenna

      February 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Hi Jana. Thank you so much! I’m so happy you like this painting. It was fun to change things up!

  3. BreOfficialBlog

    February 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Looks great, I can like see the wind in the horse hair ( like see the movement of the horse moving ). Awesome job. Have a lovely day : )

    • Jenna

      February 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Hi Bre. Thank you! I’m happy the action and movement of the horse is clear. I appreciate your comment very much!

  4. roberta4949

    February 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    very nice, I know about the mood to draw and paint, I have colored pencils and have been on a draw a horse color it and cut it out and put it on the wall phase and a light cream and black and white color scheme kick. I guess we have our moods. and it is reflected in art.

    • Jenna

      February 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      Hi Roberta. Thank you very much! You’re right; everyone has something different that speaks to them, and art is the perfect way to express that. Thanks for the nice comment. 🙂

  5. Lenore Busch

    February 16, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    It’s beautiful Jen. Nice work.

    • Jenna

      February 17, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      Thank you very much, Lenore. I appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Cassie Bouska

    February 17, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    I love it! Great energy!

    • Jenna

      February 17, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you, Cassie! That means a lot. 🙂

  7. Inspired and pretty

    February 22, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    It’s so beautiful Jenna ! You really can paint or draw anything ! Can you draw from imagination ? Oh, that must be so difficult ! I love the contrast between the horse and background and I just love these buttery yellows.
    3 weeks ago, we were out of power for 27 hours, no tv, no internet, no electricity. I had candles and a little decorative table fireplace, so I was fine, I wasn’t freezing. I stayed in my bedroom for these 27 hours and, to my surprise, I never got bored. I read, slept, meditate and did other things I never have time to do. It was great ! But I was relieved when the power came back !
    It really is a wonderful painting Jenna, so lively and full of character 🙂

    • Jenna

      February 24, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Thank you so much for the very kind words, Jocelyne. I enjoy trying out as many mediums as I can – you never know when you’ll find a new favorite. One thing I can’t do well at all – and I mean not well at all! – is watercolors. I had to dabble into watercolors for an assignment once and it was a nightmare! Haha, it is one art form I will never enjoy in the least. Oh well…there are many other things to try. 🙂

      I can draw from imagination, but the quality of artwork is not nearly as detailed or intricate as when I can work from a reference of some sort. This was done while looking at a horse figurine I have.

      Isn’t it strangely freeing to be without modern conveniences for a little while now and then? Of course I love tv, internet, and all those things, but sometimes, they are more a temptation than anything if you know what I mean. 🙂 It sounds like you had a great day “off” when your power went. I’m glad it came back on rather quickly though – winter is a tough time of year to be without power!

      Thanks so much! I’m very happy you like this painting.


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