Original Oil 24" X 16"
Here is a scan of the completed painting. Once varnished, the dark texture will no longer have the "ghost" of reflected light.
I've decided to go with a gloss varnish. This is a change for me as I like a semi-gloss or a satin. It seemed the traditional nature of the dramatic lighting called for gloss.
I asked my framer to paint the frame to match my mottled background and touch the inside lip of the frame with a hint of the golden color of the mane. The frame started as a matte black. She is amazing. Holly Swanson, owner of Spokane Gallery & Framing.
Below is a quick photo of the finished frame. We went with a more satin look for the frame so not to distract from the painting.
This may seem like a quick painting but I have sped it up for you in the blog.
Thank you for joining me as I explored the use of chiaroscuro.