JBC: White Patriotic Jumper Treatment, Oil Paint 3

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, Treatment, Belly Split and Preparation for Finish Work.

The White Patriotic Jumper is a sample treatment,
so our client can see the process from start to finish!

This post is about oil painting the Patriotic Jumper!

We left off with Patriotic at this level of color, above.


Patriotic Jumper finally got his tail attached!!

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.

The tail before gesso, and after gesso.
Mitchell’s work on the two parts of the tail coming together was seamless —
there is no telltale (pun intended) line across the tail!


More coats on the saddle, including a stippled brown textural coating.

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.

Oh yes, sunny sunflower was much better!

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.

Patriotic is looking like his final self now,
though many more coats and details will be applied.
See next Day 7 (when live.)

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2 Responses to JBC: White Patriotic Jumper Treatment, Oil Paint 3

  1. Dan Antion says:

    This is so wonderful! The restoration gave you a nice canvas on which to paint a fine horse. You guys are masters of a craft most people can’t even imagine. Great job!

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