This was an experiment in handling the same color in different subjects like the wall, cat and the piece of furniture. My reference photo was taken by Laura Nelson and posted on Paint My Photo-a website where photographers grant artist permission to use their photos for their art. I usually like to take my own reference photos but this was a fun challenge.
This painting is something I have never done before-a war scene but this is not an actual war just a re-enactment captured by a photographer friend of mine, David Churchill. When he showed me some of the photos from the re-enactment he saw, I said I was drawn to the action of the horses so he said "paint it". I used his photo for reference but changed some things and has sparked a thought to create a series of civil war horses. I will be doing my research and try this new series.