1967 Ford Mustang Emblem

5"x5" oil on door skin panel Even though my beloved Mustang had a 302 engine in it, I thought the "289" emblem a bit more iconic. And the answer is "No"—I do not have my '68 Mustang any more and "Yes," I cry about it on a daily basis.    People occasionally talk about (complain) that I do not talk enough about painting. So… so... let me think… Ah, let's talk composition. This emblem is not symmetrical—the horse's tail sticks out farther than its head—but it seemed better to me to have the rectangular part of the emblem centered. To help balance out the composition I used light. The light on the background to be precise. To throw some heft on the left, I raised the value and intensity of the colors around the horse's head, hopefully countering the weight of the tail. The light was subtly doing this anyway, I just chose to push it a bit in my battle for balance. Composition is not just about moving things around, there are other ways to compose a piece. There, didactic rant done.    And lest I forget this important technical tidbit: Painting horses can be a pain in the hoohah. Just ask Mr. Degas. Oh yeah, he's dead. Go ask another artist, they should confirm it. Just don't ask them to show you our secret handshake.

The Beverly Hills Art Show 

I will be showing my wares in space #139.

Saturday & Sunday, October 19th & 20th
10am to 5pm both days
Yes, The Spousal Unit will be blessing us with Her attendance. 
Posted October 11, 2013

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