Our White Patriotic Jumper had treatment of his parts:
Treatment, Tail, Part I; Treatment, Tail, Part II, Treatment, Tail, Part III,
Treatment, Knees and Thighs, and Treatment, Belly Split.
Patriotic was thoroughly Prepared for Finish Work,
and a base coat of Golden White Gesso was applied.
The White Patriotic Jumper is a sample treatment,
so our client, Restore Oregon, can see the process from start to finish!
Remember, his tail was added after base coats!
Undercoats or first coats.
A warm leather color so when the top wears off the undercoat will begin to show.
White paint, layers of white paint.
The days are not consecutive —
bottom layers have to dry before
another coat is applied.
Saddle, red trims, silver medallion and the yellow undercoat for the corn.
Mixing was done and notes were kept.
The oil paint went into tubes so I had extra for touchup or another horse.
Anything can apply paint! Toothbrush was for splatters.
I wanted a bright coat on top of the leather coat, then splatters of the darker red.
Again, saddles wear, and this red, as it wears, will wear in an interesting manner.
I tented the horse for the splatters. I will be adding many white coats
but it still is a good idea not to have to paint over or remove a color.
Then the yellow undercoat for the corn.
Finally, the silver on the medallion.
Oh yes, another white coat around legs and large areas!
The blue paint is mixed, and the first coat is applied.
Every part gets at least two coats, or an under coat and top coat on top of the gesso.
People think I am crazy to use small brushes, but using big brushes
means touch-up and cleanup, and I am fast with a small brush.
I use a big brush for big areas…
but for detail, it is much easier to use a half-inch flat or #8 or #10 round.
It was a luxury to be able to paint around the tail area with it missing,
but then the tail was ready to be attached: BIG day!
A trial fitting, and a happy day when all the measuring paid off and everything fit!
The hole was drilled for the screw on the back knee and tail tip.
A few adjustments for a snug fit were made at each end.
Patriotic will never be purposefully washed down or otherwise
doused with water again but in case of a leak or other catastrophe we want
a snug fit so no water can accumulate easily around the joints.
Adjustments completed, the tail was attached.
Mitchell drilled the hole for the screw that goes into the tenon at the top of the tail.
Hide glue was inserted into the mortise holes.
This actually set overnight to cure… So Day 4 stretched into the next day!
Morning the screw holes were plugged.
We want these to be barely visible (ghosted) so that they can be found.
IF the tail has to be removed in future the good news is the plugs can be found,
removed, the hide glue loosened, and the screws
removed for a proper repair instead of hammering nails!
The joint was sealed and carved as per the images from
Parker’s other horses and the ghosting of carving on Patriotic Jumper.
Kate added another white coat on the body.
Then Kate made a mistake, and painted the flower on the shield blue
— not a good idea! It should be a sunny yellow…
She wiped it off and would paint over it in a couple of days.
After a bit of the “stubble” of stippled brown pain was knocked off,
the fourth red (glaze) coat on the saddle was applied.
We wanted the metals to look “real” — and Gamblin has wonderful metallic oil paints.
Kate mixed several paint colors to create this warm gold. It was applied as if
hammered on anything that was large enough to show a texture.
Below, the gold on the shield and the flag stanchions.
The same deeper yellow was the second coat on the corn.
It may not seem like you can see these differing yellows,
but looking into a paint job several coats add to the complexity of a paint job.
The base coat on the stalks was applied.
Note: this slideshow is a bit different than the last slideshow:
One problem with painting the horses is that the carvings are not consistent. Above, you can see two different carvings, which makes a consistent painting difficult.
First coats on the hooves, above.
Interesting fact, that dent corn (which is the manner the corn was carved) is not a calico corn, but these horses were painted in this manner and we are following that pattern.
Finally our sunflower is looking like it should,
and a second coat is placed on the blues.
Horseshoes get their silver coats…
… and silver is placed into the tail carvings for emphasis.
I painted the final coats
on the flag on the
anniversary of September 11,
one of those days where
we know where we were
when we heard the news.
Below, you can see the difference in the second coat of red paint:
glossy and full-bodied!
I saved our color palettes, as they tell so many stories and techniques when you know how to read them, and have actual paint samples on them.
Touch-ups where I smudged….
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