The gray mare with some spots. Horses are so fun to paint. They just look like they want to talk to you. Their eyes are what make them so sensitively expressive.
Technique Tip: Using a darker background gives the values needed to make the horse the center of attention. And using complementary colors as in the gray of the horse and the yellow brown of the mane finishes the contrast. In the background color are all the colors of the mare, but in deeper color and different amounts of each color. This makes for cohesiveness overall.
"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire." ~Sharon Ralls Lemon