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I wanted to try something other than a landscape on the gesso juice surface. I love experimenting on this surface.

Thank you to wet canvas library for the image of the horse.





  1. this is stunning! love the look

  2. Wow! I love the rich color contrasting with the bright background. Beautiful job with the highlights. He’s majestic!

  3. Love! Look at that movement. This is wonderful. Inspired.

    • You caught my intent with this one, Jamie. I thought the surface would accentuate this horse’s movement more. Thank you!

  4. Seems like you planned it ahead, I mean, the bold spontaneous gesso lines together with the color splash created a great movement for him, he is about to race! I am going to live this series of yours Leslie!

    • I kind of did some planning. I didn’t plan as I prepared the surface, itself, like when I was scratching into it and making the marks. After the preparation of the surface was dry I went through many reference photos, looking for something that might fit the movement of the marks, Though. That was when the planning, for me began. Good eye, Padmaja! Thankyou.

  5. I might have to eat my last words, Leslie, because this is just gorgeous! I love the horse subject and the simpler background that does not compete with the paper textures. Makes this equine beauty just pop!!!

  6. this is just excellent!

  7. You’ve captured the sense of movement and grace…Leslie… to stunning effect… xPenx

  8. Love this effect! You seem to be a natural with this medium.

    • Wow! Thankyou, Nancy. I don’t know, yet. I have only done three but I really like working on this surface because I can play around on it and change things that don’t appear quite the way I want them to.

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    • Posted May 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm
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    Beautiful work of art…
    Take Care..


  9. Great picture

  10. The surface is brilliant, this way you have the abstract of the surface flowing into the reality of the horse.

    • Yes!!! I get too detailed and am always in search of something new, roos! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  11. He looks vibrantly energetic, Leslie. I bet you had a lot of fun creating this.

    • Thank you, Ruth. Textured gesso is much more fun to paint on with watercolor than the smooth gesso surface, which is more like Yupo.

  12. You paint incredible horses! It almost makes me feel that I shouldn’t be afraid of them. πŸ™‚

    • Really? Your fear will keep you safe around them. People that go running up to them can often spook the timid horse. They are truly a large animal and can hurt someone without meaning to. …but in the company of someone who took the time to show you how to behave around them, you have no need to fear those horses that are properly handled and trained to be around people. Thank you, Carol. That is a huge compliment to my painting! πŸ™‚

  13. I can feel the power as if this 2 dimensional vision came so close to becoming three.

    • That would be so cool, Sam! This horse trotting right off the page! Those of you who write make that happen with words! Thank you!

  14. A majestic, noble beauty! I love the background and highlighting is awesome πŸ™‚

    • I was actually able to lift the highlighting out with a damp brush, Scott. …even when the watercolor is dry. This surface is fun for a watercolorist. Do you paint with your acrylics on a gessoed canvas ? …or are you using fluid acrylics and paper? Thank you!

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        • Posted May 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm
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        I use mostly canvas boards (cheap), and some stretched canvas when I’m feeling especially arty :), haven’t tried acrylics on paper. I do like to use them like watercolor sometimes though, and I lift paint with a dry brush or paper towel. Still learning πŸ˜‰

      • I think of acrylics as a very versatile medium. I tried it and am horrible so I will really enjoy seeing what you do as you explore!

  15. Beautiful work, Leslie!

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