Saturday, February 23, 2019
Ambolena Layer 7: Fixing a Shoulder Spot
Layer 7 could also easily be called How I Turned Myself into Jenn Danza for One Spot. In order to understand this, you'd have to know that Jennifer O'Donnell Danza is reknowned throughout the hobby as a repairer of broken and damaged model horses and a fixer of paint boo-boos of every stripe. Take a look at the point of the offside shoulder on this delicious little stretching Akhal Teke filly. You will see a nasty brown bubble.
Layer 5 went more-or-less normally but Layer 6 went all wrong. I was shocked and hurt.
Near side after Layer 6:
My NMPM notes say I did this first with darker pastels. "Instant paint!! In a trice I did her points, eyes, mane and lips. Think I'm onto something here..." I was wanting a darker rump, following my example photo. I mixed up a good bay color, adding in Brilliant Gold, which was darker than the Sparkle Gold I'd been using. LESSONS LEARNT: "Only works if pastel is powdered finely!! So used my dapping stick." [I meant my doming punch.] "Only works with a medium-stiff brush, not the little detail ones. You can control paste to a fine degree by buffing it w/ a wet, clean brush, so having a paper towel handy to wipe off the brush is crucial. When dry, buff further with a Microbrush."
Something the Spot taught me was that I didn't have to go all the way to the barn to spray (seal). I could step out onto the front porch! Like the use of alcohol as a solvent, this simplification would grow to be an important part of my painting. No more walking around the end of the house, unlocking the barn and getting out the flashlight if it was dark...!! Just a mask and a latex glove on the hand that held the horse...
In this picture the smoothing has taken away some color, but the upper part of the Spot looks very good.
Really, the only thing to do is keep trying, keep layering, with these injuries.
And thank you to both Jennifers.