Simon Bland

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Portrait of Flash: New painting step 5

by Simon Bland / Nov 28, 2012 / Portrait WIP

Starting a conformation portrait of a chestnut horse

I've laid down most of the body in one long painting session.  Actually a morning and afternoon in the studio with lunch and a nap in between.  I paint much better when I'm rested.

Some of the half-tone areas will need more work, but by getting everything down at once I've kept some of the painting-from-life feel that I set out to achieve.

I found a couple of drawing mistakes while working on the body (chest outline and position of the blaze) and I was able to correct them fairly easily.