Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Twilight Ride



Painting Dream Horses....

My Most Recent Wall paintings, Dear Readers, have surprised even Me! The idea has been brewing in my mind for a long time.... wanting to paint horses in as close to Real Scale as could be managed. But I live in a very small house... and there are only a couple of walls even close to big enough to hold an entire horse! But about a year ago I embarked on the painting of my Small Upstairs Studio, a room about ten feet by twelve feet with a slanting ceiling.... and that only eight feet high. A Small Room. But I spend a lot of time in this room... and wanted to expand it's horizons visually and psychically... so I began by painting the ceiling to resemble sky and clouds in a very Pseudo-baroque manner.....

You can sort of see the effect in this picture..... ignore the Victorian ceiling fixture..... the walls are lavender and the ceiling I painted light blue.... and the "clouds" run around the top of the walls to link the two surfaces, and to try to create the illusion of sky overhead.....

It is quite difficult to photograph in it's entirety.... 
and I added more detail and depth of shadowing later.....


Here you can see the corner with the slanted roof under the eaves....
But I didn't take any more pictures of it because it wasn't finished. 
And then Hurricane Irene came calling.... causing much damage in the area....
(although thankfully, no damage to my property)
and somehow I didn't continue with the painting in this room.
But the project continued to whisper to me all winter..... 
I kept seeing a Horse on the larger of the walls....!

So This Summer, when I was moved to Finish the one wall in this room that still had broken lath and plaster from where a closet had been torn out by previous owners.... 
requiring the upheaval and removal of half the furnishings of the room.....
The urge to paint the newly finished wall became irresistible...


This was the corner with the torn wall newly patched and trimmed.....

And this is the Irresistible Blank Slate......

With the Dream Horse Emerging..... 
of course.... it had to acquire Wings..... being in the clouds....
This is the basic latex house paint undercoats.....

And the details gradually added....

With artists acrylic paint and a much smaller brush!

And a closer view.......


But This wasn't the Horse I had been dreaming of.....
This was the Smaller wall.... the wall I had never intended to paint at all....
And the Other wall still cried out for the Horse I was dreaming of.....

So I moved the Remaining furniture out of the way.....
And started painting the other wall.....


Much harder to photograph as it is difficult to stand in the right spot with the furniture in the way....

And with so much More Horse..... More details to paint.....

And Closer.....


And More....


It took me several Days to be willing to move the Furniture back into place....
for after all it is a Room and the furniture has nowhere else to go.....
and I use it all the time....

He is only Partly obscured.....

And She is ignoring the furniture.....
And in a funny way, I do think they make the walls recede.....
And in spite of adding two large Horses.... the room feels bigger....

And at Twilight.... 
they are just plain Magic!

My Dream Horses......!

6 comments:

  1. Wow oh Wow Betsy! I don't think I have ever seen a wall so beautiful. I love the horse, you are truly magic.

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  2. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE them both!!!!!!!Fantastic!!! As Victoria said: WOW!WOW!WOW!!!! I want my walls to look like that too! I really love them.:)

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  3. Bets, Ewa really mean it when she says she loves it because I know how much she loves horses :).

    I think you have outdone yourself with Pegasus or whoever he/she is. You are a magician with the brushes and you make walls come alive. Brava!

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  4. Superb! The best kind of magical whimsy. It's like remembering being a kid again and that feeling of magic and make-believe I had forgotten. Thank you!!!!!

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