Thursday, October 11, 2007

Daily Painting Practice - The New Rider

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The New Rider
oil on masonite

I have never painted a horse before. The best place to start I figure would be the back end. (Not much going on back there) I caught this group last year when I was taking photos for a different painting. It looked to me as though there were two experienced riders and one new rider. He sat up very stiff in the saddle and did not look very comfortable. The other two looked as though they were having a good time keeping an eye on him.

I feel like my plein air practice has really helped me with this type of studio work. The loose brush strokes and the color are definitely a result of starting to paint outdoors. I can't wait to see the difference in my work after doing this for a year.


René PleinAir said...

Wow, .... just wow.

Anonymous said...

Nice one! You nailed the color of faded Levi's. and the horse"s posteriors are perfect. : ]

J Matt Miller said...

I love the landscape direction you are taking, Peter. Someday I will get up nerve to follow your example.

Anonymous said...

I keep coming back to this one. You really caught the light of the day, but which I mean the underlying energy or life. Really nice.


Anonomous said...

You really captured the movement and gestures of the horses and riders - I can actually feel the movemenmt in my own body when I look at this painting.

Awesome work! Now I want to go ride . . .

Anonymous said...

Hi Peter,
It is really a pleasure to browse your blog. Your comments are so interesting. We can feel your happiness to work en plein air !
I definitely like this painting. The colours are so well balanced.

Peter Yesis said...

Thanks everyone- I may need to do more horse research and paintings. This one was a lot of fun.
Rene - thanks for good word
Silvina - The horses butts were much more fun to paint than the humans.
Matt- I can't wait to see you paint outside. I have always admired your work.
Materese and Lizzy - Thanks it's comments like that that keep me going.
Helene - The pleasure is all mine