I wanted a strong front end - head and forelegs. I wanted the rear to be softened and move back into the painting. I softened the value of the rear and the rear lower legs and the front inside hoof. I softened the edges on the tail, hind legs and upper pelvic area.
I played with value and temperature changes in the background and decided on a "blurred" mix of warm and cool at lighter values than the subject. I also wanted to show motion and forced the shadow value below the rear right hoof and kept the hoof " in the air ". I also added the warm/cool loose "dust" around the feet.
To bring the head forward I strengthened the darks and hardened the edges and added spots of warm reds. Maybe overdone?
I am still not sure I have taken it in the right direction so again it will hang and be considered while I decide.
|Initial sketch and value plan in transparent under painting|
|Drawing corrections using white China Marker|
|Building with opaques|