Mud, Sweat and Tears
I have been dying to try and pen and wash of race horses but haven't been able to work out how best to do it. I didn't want to draw the horses with pen and just fill in the colours, so I tried a different approach. I just used a couple of guide marks to place the lead horse's face and then drew the rest of the scene just with my brush as loosely as I could but still trying keeping the shapes. I then added some (hopefully) dynamic pen lines to further define the horses and jockeys. I think this is much nearer what I have been aiming for in pen and wash and has taught me that adding the pen afterwards does avoid that 'painting by numbers' and filled in look. (The 'tears' in the title came from the fact that after every race only one rider walks away happy and the rest must feel gutted). Pen and watercolour on Langton 200lbs.
About the Artist
I am a watercolourist first and foremost as I love the qualities of the medium, its riskiness and unpredictability. I started painting about 8 years ago and it has now become an integral part of my life. Hopefully, I will continue to paint into my dotage as I am given to understand that you can…View full profile