Sunday, April 1, 2012

Seahorse Part 5, Adding Color

 As you can see, I got all the Friskit off and have been adding color, starting from the upper left hand corner and working down to the right bottom.  I really intended this to be a riot of colors and that's just what is dished up here.
The photo doesn't really show the colors well; the upper left hand corner actually leans toward yellow, hence the violets on the horse's head are laid down as complimentaries.  As I work down the seahorse, my intent is to continue with the complimentaries to the background.
Remember this isn't finished; I still have some basic color adjusting to do here, adding more violets to the reds and reds to the violets, but so far I'm pretty satisfied.  Those minor adjustments will come when I finish painting all the whites.
Got to the kelp today.  As you can see, my seahorse is still working with comps, now orange against the blue.  I laid the kelp in thick and runny so you would see the brushstrokes and the iridescents against the flat colors.
You can also see the whites still left; those will be painted oranges and yellows.
I've got parts of the tail subtly laid in a light blue for shadows, those will get the oranges and yellows, too.
Hopefully I'll have this done by the end of the week, then the varnishes.


  1. I LOVE it!!!! The colors are great! Do you still teach classes? How often, if you do? I've been very ill, but coming out of that and soon would love lessons!!!
    Have a blessed holy week, friend!

    1. Hi, Rayanne, thank you! Our whole household is having fun with the flu right now, so I haven't been able to paint anymore of my seahorse, but yes, I teach classes all the time. Email me at and I'll give you a rundown; I teach in three places right now.