Painting horses in watercolour

The final project - a grey with ‘flea bite’ markings


Horses tend to feature high on any list of most popular animals. And no wonder. Our relationship with them goes back for many thousands of years. Back then, horses were used mostly for milk and meat, before being used as the powerhouse for agriculture and transport for adventurers through the centuries.

But what if you want to capture a horse in loose and lively watercolour without painting every hair? You want to capture their beauty and strength while breathing life into your painting.

In this course you will complete two warm up exercises to give you the knowledge and skills to tackle the portrait of this lovely 'flea bitten' grey. The final project is a full length step-by-step portrait.

What's included in the price?

There are nine films, and plenty of reference files. We start by doing two warm up exercises to learn a out wet in wet, tone, edges, mark making and many other techniques. Then we move on to a portrait of a grey.

The project is step by step in full-length. It is the closest thing I can get to sitting along side me in the studio. You will hear me make decisions and see me put mistakes right.

What you will need

The two warm up exercises require:
Eighth sheet NOT/cold pressed watercolour paper (approx A4) minimum 140lb/325gsm
Colours of your choice - use this as an excuse to clean up a palette or play with an interesting colour combination.
Medium round brush (approx size 8)
Salt, cling film/sarin wrap, sponge, watercolour pencils, sand paper

The equine portrait requires:
Half sheet NOT/cold pressed watercolour paper (approx 50x40cm) minimum 140lb/325gsm
Colours of your choice - I use quinacridone gold, burnt Sienna, transparent grey/neutral tint, perylene violet, caput mortum, opera rose
Large and Medium round brush (approx size 16 and 8), rigger size 2, small flat brush for lifting
spray bottle, two water pots
Salt, cling film/sarin wrap, sponge, watercolour pencils (orange, yellow, pink, black), sand paper, magic eraser (all optional)


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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Intermediate level
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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