Kermit the Frog
oil on board
8 x 10 inches
A rather quirky name for a rather talented arabian racehorse!
I snapped Kermit at Hereford Racecourse which used to stage a handful of Arabian races every summer before it reopened as a National Hunt course once again.
For this daily painting I thought I'd concentrate on my palette, I even remembered to take a picture!
A bit messy, I know, but I am a messy painter. If you're wondering WHAT I'm using as a palette, it's an old piece of hardboard (a failed painting in fact), covered with baking parchment, shiny side up. Cheap and cheerful. And I tend to add fresh pieces as the palette fills up (as you can probably see in the picture).
For this painting, I wanted to do something similar to a previous one, Elusive Kate, which is still my favourite, I have to say. This one is larger, 8 x 10 inches, and took around five hours to complete.
My palette for Kermit was:
titanium white, naples yellow, naples yellow deep, cadmium yellow, windsor yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, cadmium red, cadmium orange, alizarin crimson, windsor violet, cobalt violet, kings blue deep, ultramarine blue, viridian and ivory black.
I've never been one to shirk away from a wide range of colours, but I know my husband, a fellow artist, blanches every time he sees me lay out my paints! He's a fan of the limited palette, but I'm not sure I could cope with such a small choice.
Painted with lovely square brushes, my favourite kind, I'm still very careful and methodical when I work. Here I started with Kermit's muzzle and gradually worked my way up and round. I love the marks that the square brush leaves but where it's too harsh I use an old splayed 'round' to gently blend.