Southern History – Original Watercolor
At an Associated General Contractors of America meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, the spouses went on a historical tour via a horse drawn carriage. Charleston is beautiful and very inspiring to me as a painter. We saw many sites of great old world architecture and learned about the locals and the great south. I took a picture of this buggy coming towards us.
Painting this piece was also a very interesting experience for me. Reviewing my sketch, something seemed off with my drawing of the horse coming forward. After studying it for an hour and I could not identify the problem. Here’s what happened. In a workshop, a student asked me to take a flower I had demonstrated painting to a more finished level. The photo was misplaced, I painted on it looking at a similar one. Surprisingly, it looked like it was in 3D. So on “Southern History” I decided to do the same and boldly painted the shadows on the horse from the photo ignoring if they lined up differently. The main horse seemed to come to life. The judge who gave me an award said you could truly see the artist in this painting.