Years ago, I decided I was going to teach myself how to paint a model horse in oils. In a fit of enthusiasm, I bought a a bunch of paint and paintbrushes and went to work on a couple old Breyers.
The results were less than inspiring.
Actually, that's an understatement. The results were terrible. So bad in fact, that I ended up giving away all that paint and swearing off oils for good.
Or so I thought.
Yesterday I had the great privilege of watching one of the hobby's best painters work her magic on a Rose Reiner resin. This was such an amazing experience. Just like that, I understand where I went wrong before, and now I'm ready to give this another shot! Huge thanks to Jennifer Scott for allowing me to watch her work and to share parts of the process here.
Jenn's palette is a cake pan lined with two sheets of printer paper. Paints are mixed straight from the tube according to predetermined color recipes. Jenn doesn't use any thinners or mediums, but she does add a couple drops of cobalt drier to each color.Jenn paints the entire body of the horse in one sitting, starting with the head and working her way backwards. In this picture, the horse's head has been blocked in with three shades. It looks very paint by numbers-ish...
at least until Jenn comes back with a different brush and begins to blend the colors with a stippling type action.
Here's the reiner's head after the blending.The next step is to add some black to the muzzle and the eye.
Once again, this is blended with stippling brush.
At this point, the reiner's head is almost finished.
The last step is to go over the painted area with a large soft brush. This removes the brush strokes and adds just a little bit more blending.
Once that's done, the process is repeated on the neck....
shoulders, forelegs and beyond!
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to stay long enough to watch Jenn finish painting the reiner. However, she did briefly describe what would come next. The horse's entire body will be covered in paint and allowed to dry over night. After that, Jenn will dry brush him with pigments and add markings and details with acrylics. Jenn expects to have him ready to show at this weekend's Springamathing live show. I can hardly wait to see how he turns out!
Hope you've enjoyed this oil painting lesson as much as I did. Thanks again, Jenn!