When the mask dried, I was able to do the final overglaze in manganese blue. Manganese blue is a beautiful color, but tricky because it is an opaque pigment. Overglazing in the wrong area will either make mud or kill a lively, transparent surface. In overgrazing this painting, I only painted over the warm, light value areas. As you can see, the overglaze was influenced by the hue underneath. Conversely, in the dark areas, the paint would have just sat on the surface, killing the paint quality underneath. I had to paint very carefully around the dark shapes.
When all was dry, it was safe to remove the mask and discover the final result. I was very pleased with the strong movement in the pattern, the luminosity of the paint quality, the integration of the dark, hard-line geometric shapes with the organic flow of the masked pattern, and the overall composition.
See all the Dream Horses at my new show, “Legacy,” showing Jan 10 through March 13 at the Ridgway Public Library, Ridgway, CO. Ridgway is part of Colorado’s Creative Arts Districts. Opening Reception is Saturday, Jan 10 from 4-7 pm. Refreshments will be served.