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Horse of Another Color

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by PJ Deluhery, Dec 11, 2004.

  1. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    I am reaching out to fellow oil painters for some ideas on oil color mixtures for a red-brown horse. I am doing a flat of a mounted Hussar, and I need some ideas for the basic color and shading/highlights. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  2. PJ Deluhery Active Member

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    Happy Painting
  3. pkess Member

    I haven't painted a horse and years but a great reference site is called: Rio Rondo. The artist paints very large scale horses and has a great book for sale on her site.
    I like the Daniel Smith colors for horses. I believe they are Quinacindrone Orange and Brown.
    You can start with a base of Burnt Sienna and just add whatever you like to get the tone the way you want it: Mars Red, Mars Brown, Brown Madder, etc.
    For shading, I would add Brown Madder Alizarin and a little Mars Brown or Black to make it a little more opaque. For the deep shadows, you can add Sepia, Indigo or Blue Black to your shadow color.
    For highlights, I would use bright colors like Cad. Red or Cad Yellow. They make furs and horse skins more vibrant and "alive."
  4. Guy A Fixture

    I find this a great source when painting a horse and saddles.


    I paint my horses in enamels and therefore haven't responded to your "Oil" questions
  5. Mark Mindeman Member

    Rio Rondo is a great source for painting horses. I have their book on painting and highly recommend it. I'll email a sample of one of their "receipes" for a red/brown horse this evening. Hope this helps
    All the best,
    Mark Mindeman
  6. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    Thanks to Phil, Guy and Mark for their responses. I appreciate the help. I have not done a horse myself in a few years - hence the question. What I THOUGHT was my old standby mixture looks a little funky on the figure.

    Thanks. Anyone else's ideas are appreciated.

    Happy Painting
  7. Mark Mindeman Member

    Pat, I forgot to send a "receipe" to you! I will get it done this evening!

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