As I mentioned earlier, after the black outlines are in, the project becomes similar to a giant paint-by-numbers without the numbers. The perceived freedom of filling in whatever colors I want isn't really there. Sometimes I actually get quite stymied while choosing each horse's color & pattern combo. Ideally, I attempt to alternate warm & cool colors, complement the surrounding color families and not repeat any adjacent pattering. It's tougher than it sounds.
Aa far as my painting technique, I do what's called 'painting to the line'. At least that's what I call it...I honestly don't know if it has an actual term. The upshot is, I fill in the color up to the outline, leaving some areas of the line thicker and some thinner.
As you can see, sometimes I go too far and obliterate the line, but fear not...I've got plenty more black paint.
Through the generous use of masking tape, I create some pretty fun patterns. Argyle, pinstripes, herringbone and plaid...it's like a each horse was designed in a textile factory!
Next up...the devil is in the details.