Sketching horses in wet and dry media
August 10, 2013
We are blessed this summer to have two mares and their foals living in the field bordering our back garden.
There is a horse breeder who keeps his prize stock in this area, other years we’ve had a whole herd one field further away.
But it is nothing like this summer, having them right outside our back door where we can watch and interact with them daily.
Other years, Bernardo and Prelude have been in this field- soul mates who hate to be separated, yet usually are every winter when their respective owners board them in different stables.
So I have had adequate opportunity to make endless sketches of various horses over the years. When I was small, horses were all I ever drew. As an adult I have had to learn the proportions all over again through continuous observation, as well as some anatomical study.
It is ongoing learning, but I am happy with the freshness of the watercolour at the top of this post, which is a product of all the work that had gone before.