The early stages of this painting went surprisingly, deceptively smoothly. I decided that I needed to "get the horse right" before proceeding, because without a technically correct horse nothing else would matter. I figured that if I could nail Abby, then I could use artistic license 'til the cows came home. So to speak. Heh. Anyway, here she is after the first day, mostly finished but minus her mane and tail. I did change the patterning of her overo colouring a bit, mostly because I'm too lazy to stick to the script! Ha! As you can see I took a conservative approach, leaning towards realism rather than my usual looser style, as I truly lack confidence when dealing with new subject matter.
My second day was all about getting the crow right, and planning the background. Again, deceptively smooth sailing. I knew I'd need a big chunk of time for the grass at the bottom as I was planning to use the layered Pratt grass (as some of my peeps like to call it) approach which is pretty labour intensive, so I stopped there.
That's where it all fell down. What I discovered, the hard way I might add, was that my method only works with fast-drying acrylic (or coloured pencil). The harder I tried to salvage the mounting disaster the worse it became. It was like trying to hold back a mudslide. Finally, at about 8 pm last night I rubbed the whole stinking mud puddle off, leaving the one part that worked. Chances are it'll be gone soon, too, as I rethink my approach.
And now I'm off shopping for a nice hat because I've torn all my hair out. The ear will be the next to go.