Kitty Wallis says one of the biggest problems she sees in her workshops is not-dark-enough flesh tones values in portraits. She told me it is sometimes hard to convince people that light obects are really not light under certain lighting situations. I reminded myself of her lesson while I painted this..and even though this is a horse, not a person, principles pertaining to value are the same. If the painter thinks ahead they will choose the correct values (and go dark enough). When painting something white we have to reserve the whitest white for only a couple of places..otherwise we will have one big chalk-y deal. We have to be deliberate! Be decisive..and go dark enough in shadowed areas--even when the local color is very light.
I will revisit my white horse in the days ahead and straighten out a couple of things. He is off to a good start!