Friday, January 23, 2009

Addicted to Grisaille: Spirit Horse

This one was more challenging as I was working from a photo of a dark coloured horse and had to imagine more ;-) I wanted to challenge myself beyond the simple copying of a painting (as if that was simple ;-) The piece I chronicled in my last post was based on an actual grisaille - so it was easier to see where the layers went, but is was still fairly challenging.

First coat painted
grisaille enamel spirit horse

First coat fired
grisaille enamel spirit horse
As you can see there is quite a bit of difference between how the piece looks when it's painted, and how it looks after firing. I am sure more expereince will help me to get better at predicting this.

I forgot to take a photo of the second coat painted - as I was too involved in getting it done!

This is the second coat fired
grisaille enamel spirit horse

Third coat painted
grisaille enamel spirit horse

Third coat fired
grisaille enamel spirit horse

I might do a fourth coat - I haven't quite decided yet. It's harder to imagine where the highlights should go ...

As usual - I am working on two projects at a time, so that when I am waiting for one to dry or cool I can be working on the other.

The other is a portrait of my neice - and it is proving much more challenging. The greyscale photo that I am working from has so many subtle shades that I think I will need more than three or four coats ... more later!

1 comment:

Alaska said...

The new site is called rescue horses for sale. If you click on the name it will take you over to the site.