Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.
Another in what seems to be a series of horses from other eras. I have always loved the cave paintings of horses, especially ones that have expressions that I see on Ruby, and have seen on previous ponies, routinely. The colors of the Lascaux horse are particularly lovely,a red-brown that has to be related, geologically, to siena or umber.
I wish I could make it more smudgy somehow. The edges and the mane in particular are lovely and smeary at the edges, which I did not address properly. But the bouldering (small embroidered circles) on the body is perfect. I used three layers of painted organza to get lighter colors along the belly, and that worked pretty well too. The painted background seems like it would be easier than the patchy backgrounds I've been making but isn't actually. It took longer to get the colors in places I wanted than it usually does to get the patches placed and stitched down. Which surprised me.