3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

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3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation

This handsome guy is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang stallion painted into a clover-spotted green appaloosa with a white clover star on his forehead. He was a donation to the 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show to be held in October of this year (NAN qualification and website link pending). He was a sibling donation to the bay drafter I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.

Much like the bay drafter was my first attempt at dappling, this little guy was my first attempt at painting clovers! I naively thought that painting the 4-H clover logo would be a walk in the park, but I ended up revising the idea into a simpler clover shape.

I also had fun working clover shapes into the edges of the blanket, so he looks like someone dumped a bucket of snow on a cloverfield! ๐Ÿ™‚

I painted the clovers in a mix of the two greens. The body was mainly done in the Applebarn paint, but it was just too translucent to do the detail with. The Liquitex was a slightly different color, so you’ll see some variations in the greens around the blanket.

I also went over the clovers with a white wash to help blend them in, and that seems to have toned down the tone contrasts.

He was a lot of fun to paint, although not so much fun to photograph. He came out a different shade of green in almost every photo, so take the pictures below with a grain of salt. But I think he looks pretty awesome in person and the showholder does too– so it’s a win in my book!

Medium: Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Emerald Green), Apple Barrel Acrylics (20529 Christmas Green)

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!