Saturday, 28 February 2015

How Many Shades of Grey?

Grey Arab I (10 x 10 inches) SOLD

This is the arab racehorse Zayane Maamora, a dappled grey mare who my Husband photographed at the Dubai International Arabian races in 2014. She's trained in Morocco so luckily it was very warm and sunny at Newbury! Grey is a tricky and intriguing colour to paint. Not one grey horse seems to be quite like another and I'm convinced there's a lot more than 50 shades. This mare was quite dark in places, light in others, shot through with bay hairs, not what you'd think of as a standard grey (black + white) at all. My palette for this was fairly muted - ivory black, titanium white, kings blue deep, ultramarine, windsor violet, alizarin crimson, viridian, vandyke brown and naples yellow being my main colours. I concentrated on her muzzle, eye and ears the most, letting the larger square brushes loose elsewhere. A nice piece to paint. I especially like her red and white headband, it really sets her off.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Noble Athlete

The Noble Athlete (10 x 10 inches) £150

So here's my second 'painting in a day' effort. Yes it's another arab racehorse, but they're beautiful animals and I make no excuse for wanting to keep painting them!  The name of this one is Noble Athlete and I think he wears it well.
Now, I've got to admit to cheating a little bit.  The painting I showed you yesterday, and this one, were completed a couple of weeks ago. Still in one day, just not today.  I did, however, want to show you them in sequence and rest assured I will be up-to-date by Saturday as I haven't done that many.
This was a nice one to do as I just love painting the shadow colours  - windsor violet, alizarin crimson an venitian red are all in there. You might also guess that I also love to paint light, or well-lit subjects, and you'd be right. Colour and light are what I hope my paintings are all about and at some point I will show you the big painting that started all this, that is still sitting in the corner of the studio waiting to be finished.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Well, I'm back.....

Chestnut Arab I (9 x 10 inches) £150

To quote Sam Gamgee, '"Well, I'm back."
Like most people who start Blogs I've dabbled for a few months, posted my thoughts and my paintings and then let it slide.  It may be that this time will be no different, but we shall see!

Recently, in an effort to 'loosen up' and regain some confidence to tackle a big(ish) painting that I started last year, I've been attempting to do a painting in a day. Horses, of course, as this is where my passion lies. Now, I'm not painting every day but I am trying to fit in two or three a week as and when I can.
So this is my first one - a 9 x 10 inch oil of an arab racehorse called LB Armanii, and a lovely chestnut he is too.  I've been using Rosemary & Co ivory flats for the first time as well, and I'm very impressed with these brushes as they seem to combine the toughness of hog with the delicacy of the softer synthetics I had been using. The painting above was completed using a No. 0, 1 and 4 in the range.
Of course, all these paintings will be for sale, I do need to keep buying art supplies after all! If you're interested drop me an email. The paintings are unframed but I can arrange framing for a little extra.
Thank you, and I hope you pop by soon.