Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pastel WIP of Billy Bob - Original Pastel

I've worked a little bit more on this - put in a bit of background that I think might work and I'm still working on Billy Bob's face. His mane was really out of control when I took the reference picture and I'm going to try to keep it like that but it does look a little strange in front.

Billy Bob is an Appaloosa. When he was young he was a coppery colored bay with some white splashed on either side of his hips and that was it for white. For a while it was really noticeable how white he was getting when he would shed his winter coat. Now it's not so noticeable because he is more white than that copper color but I'm sure this spring he will have even more white hair. I think he is trying to keep up with me ;-)

I won't be able to work on this any more until the weekend - I have to work all day tomorrow and staff a council meeting tomorrow evening. It will be a long day in many ways. It's hard to start a painting like this and then put it down to do things like sleep, work a regular job, etc. I envy you full-time artists out there!


Unknown said...

I am so glad you are showing this in stages Karen. I can see the love you have for Billy Bob in his face.

Karen Hargett said...

Thanks Toni. It is fun to see a painting take shape - even my own. I've done so many small ones lately I'm usually finished before I think about scanning it.

I'm glad the love is showing through ;-)

Barbara Pask said...

Karen, This is beautiful, I love his face. Such wonderful colors in this too.

Karen Hargett said...

Thanks Barb. I think he is a handsome man.

Unknown said...

Wow wow wow.... I knew you were my favorite critter artist for a reason. You're the best!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work Karen! Looking at this beautiful drawing makes me want to pick up my pastels again.

Best wishes,

Karen Hargett said...

Thank you Sheila! That is always good to hear.

Hi Joasdi thanks so much for visiting my blog. I do appreciate you comments. I hope you do something in pastels soon I'd love to see it. BTW your new website and blog looks great! Nice drawings.