Saturday, June 18, 2016

#37: Doc & Duke

We toured Ocala, FL. This area is also called the "Horse Capital of the World" as there are more horses, per capita, than anywhere else. The area has a huge Thoroughbred breeding and training presence, but there are other breeds represented as well. While there, we took a carriage ride past some of the farms. Doc and Duke, sweet black Percherons, provided the horsepower.

I decided to make notecards for fellow travelers, I decided to try the black gouache and white charcoal pencil technique I had learned in an online class with Val Webb. 

What I liked about this drawing:
It always amazes me how much can be done with black and white. I love how the character of the horses seems to come through. I like that the dots, bits, buckles and hames look like silver. 

What I might do differently:
I needed to take more time smudging the white, and blending it into the black. I didn't have any paper stumps or tortillons, but I'm sure I could have improvised with something - or I could have put the piece aside until I had the chance to visit a shop. Well, heck, I could still do that! I should have used more of a dry brush technique for the hairs sticking up between the ears. 

What I learned:
I forgot to leave the eye white. I think had I been able to use charcoal to make the eye black, instead of using the white charcoal to make the white areas of the eye, the effect might have been different. 


  1. My cousin used to live in Ocala. I love it. It's not too far from Crystal River Plantation, where we swam with the manatees. So fun! And I love your horse drawing. Gorgeous.

    Cindy Bee
    Ps. I hope I never see or hear another tornado...ever!

  2. Marvelous painting!!!
    i read your profile writing and so glad that your God made all dreams of your's rue .
    have a wonderful 2017!

  3. I dreaded clicking on this blog, Dreaming, because I figured you would be well into the 100s. I'm sorry I have been absent, because I love watching you grow as an artist. I hope that you are still making time for art, because you are an amazing artist. These horses are lovely, and you must have had a lot of pleasure working on this project! I'm hoping that 2017 will have way fewer ways of interrupting my blogging! Have a good day, my friend and neighbor!

    1. You are my best fan! I am struggling finding the time to do art. I am blessed to be healthy and active and have so many distractions from my pursuit!