Foal Sketch in Oil #1, selling via Daily Paintworks Auction. Bidding starting at $75, click the link below to participate.
I recently completed a series of Water-soluble graphite and ink foal sketches, which were a wonderful distraction for me to create during the ongoing pandemic shutdown. (There is one left btw!) We all needed something happy I think. I began missing my oil paints and have now started to transform a few of my favorite poses from that series into oil on canvas panel.
Here is the first go, based on the first sketch from the series. This sweet chestnut filly named Mandala from Island Farm in Victoria, BC by Revolution is now rising 3! Boy am I missing being out at farms this time of year referencing foals from life. Soon hopefully!
She was created using Q-Tips dipped in solvent + oils. I begin with a rough oil sketch using my small, scrubby, bristle brushes, then I model and refine the form and edges going back and forth between brushes and q-tips. I work quickly so I don’t overthink any areas. The wonderful part of these foal sketches is capturing a spirit without over working it, and keeping them spontanious. The expression is always important and it usually comes down to a few key strokes in the head/eyes to get just right. 😊