This model is a show donation for Park Color Craze Live that will be held on September 30, 2012 at Robert H Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. Much like the Big Orange Bash and Sweet Onion Live show donations, this request was very open-ended—they just wanted something green!
With a set color palette and a theme of the New York State Parks (since that’s where the show is being held), I figured I’d take this little guy in a more organic direction…
This resulted in me making a giant pile of all my green art supplies, from the habitual acrylics and pastels down to the crayons and water colored pencils. Lots of test swatches were colored/painted until I finally settled on a color combination that looked promising.
I started with a basecoat of acrylics, laying down large blocks of color. Then I went back over with the pastels to blend the colors together and add some overall shading. Then I went back in with the colored pencils and added a few more layers of color. Then back to the pastels– this little guy is a parfait of mediums! (Or an onion, if you’re more ogre-ish. *grin*)
On top of the parfait I added little tiny leaves and vines as well as the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation leaf logo in place of a star. I had originally intended to repeat the logo leaf pattern within the green, but it turns out that logo is a little harder to paint than I’d thought (doh!).
The colors are very muted so I included a photo done with the flash so that the detail is more apparent. For some reason the blues really pop out when he’s overexposed.
Add several stout layers of gloss, realistic eyes and solid black hooves and you’ve got one heck of a looker! 😀
Mold: Warmblood (G2)
Color: Mottled Green Vine-Leaf-Moss-y Goodness
Medium: Liquitex Artist’s Color Acrylics (Gesso, Light Green Permanent, Emerald Green, Turquoise Green, Bright Aqua Green, Raw Sienna, Phthalocyanine Green, Mars Black), Prismacolor Pencils (911 Olive Green, 909 Grass Green, 910 True Green, 912 Apple Green), Sargent Art Chalk Pastels
Status: Painted July 2012 and Donated