Monday, February 5, 2018

Painting a bay with oils

Not all models go through an ugly stage. In this wonderful guest post, Lynn Cassels-Caldwell of Snowdrift Studio lets us peek over shoulder as she painted a dappled bay with oils. Thank you, Lynn. He is spectacular!

Painting a Bay with Oils

by Lynn Cassels-Caldwell

My basecoat is a coloured primer. I use several, including Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover, Dupli-Color Sandable Primer and Krylon Colormaster Paint + Primer. In this case, I used the Krylon. It's a Satin finish, so I sprayed it with Dullcote before starting in oils. I prefer Dupli-Color overall, but it comes in limited colours.
This is the first layer of oil paint. The basic colours are blocked in.
Second layer of oil, colours and detail are refined and darks are laid in. I used dark brown on the legs so the black in the next layer will blend well in the transition area.
Third & fourth layers, blacks, darks and more detailing, especially in the dappling. Further work is done in a few more sessions on any areas that need it.
When the oil paint is thoroughly dry, I like to leave it for a couple of weeks. Then I spray with Dullcote, add markings with acrylics and he is done!
Here's another view.
Congratulations, Lynn. That is a spectacular paintjob! Thank you so much for letting me share your words and pictures.

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