I’m working on a 12′ mural of 3 panels of horses running towards you. It’s gonna be all loose and sloppy, and I’ll pour the paint and erase the bits I don’t want. I need to clearly understand the shapes of horses, how to catch their movement; how their muscles interconnect, BEFORE I start to pour or I’ll just wind up with a loose and sloppy mess. To do this I draw and draw and draw till I get horses in my blood. These were the drawings that went into the Nina Little Book, and here is another one. It’s the middle panel. I’ve graduated from strict realism to a looser style, to see if I can let it flow and allow it to happen through my hands. Because unfortunately, if I think about it, it’ll be stiff and I’ll lose the sense of movement, power and spontaneity.
The watercolor study of what I’m after, the first panel, semi complete and the second, just poured.
(So much for loose and sloppy)