This has been a very interesting summer thus far. I normally paint in pastels, watercolors, and acrylics in the studio in the house. I also do a few murals and other things. However, when one of my clients commissioned me to paint the horse troughs, I began a studio in the barn as well. When we built the barn about 8 years ago, that was one of my “someday” goals, to have a real studio there. I dreamed it would be in the west end of the expansive hay loft, complete with heat and air and a small water closet on the lower level.
Upon finishing the troughs, my client asked if I could possibly paint some wooden cutouts she had of hunt figures. I said I would see what I could do.
She brought them out and I spent the next month painting life sized cutouts of Masters of the Hounds, fox hounds, and foxes. It is interesting to work on these as you have to use the shape that has been formed for you. Once I got going though, I was quite pleased with how they turned out.
I painted them with latex house paint, using only about 8-10 base colors from which I mix the myriad of other colors needed. Once complete, I coat them with polyurethane. Each figure had two bases which also needed paint and coating upon which they will stand upright.
This week I delivered 2 foxes, 6 Masters of the Hounds, and 9 Fox Hounds to my client. She was delighted. Now I have 8 more foxes to do, plus I am looking into some more horse troughs! Looks like the animals might have to move out!