Day 39: Carousel Pony

Following on from yesterday…  a progression? I’ve been fascinated with Carousel horses since someone a year younger than me painted one at school in amazingly bright, fabulous watercolours. I was about 17 and didn’t have any idea what I was doing and she made it look so easy – I’m still aiming for that level of brightness and purity, although I think the memory has been enhanced to a level that I will never be able to achieve, because it probably never existed.

carousel pony (digital watercolour)

carousel pony (digital watercolour)

Anyway, still no kitchen table so I’m again playing with Zoe Piel’s digital watercolour system. I’ve found a photo  that I like of a Carousel horse to use as reference and have started a study. It’s nowhere near as colourful as the memory but it’s good enough to experiment with the medium – I deliberately choose a reference that was fairly simple as fairground horses go so I wasn’t overwhelmed and have lots of more colourful ones to try out later.