Saturday, 31 October 2009

colour under layer done

Next stage done, this is just a basic blocking in, I am just loving the colours so I am hoping to keep them vibrant with the next layer. I am really looking forward to putting the detail in, I can just see through to my grisaille underpainting (though it doesnt show here!)

Friday, 30 October 2009

Colour map - the Debut

Have now started a colour map for the underlayers of this painting. It looks odd at the mo as the neck colour will extend down to the corner, but have run out of time today! You can still see the tonal painting on the head compared to the soft colours on the neck. I have never done a painting like this one before and I am finding it a real challenge!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Mini painting

This is finished now, a dinky 8 x 8.

I am not convinced by the larger mans face but its so tiny! I may tweak it tomorrow and I also forgot the shadow of the lead rope on the handlers jeans. One day I will be happy with a finished work


Guess who is featured..

Yes, yours truly!!!

The forum connected to this showcase is great especially for beginner artists and those who need a little confidence. Its a lovely positive and encouraging artist community. :)

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Little Sales painting

I have started 3 new paintings on top of the Debut, hopefully this will keep me more than occupied while the oil layers dry!

This is a miniature 8 x 8 oil painting of a horse at the tattersalls Tb yearling sale a couple of weeks ago. Please excuse the handlers yellow face its a terrible time of day to get good pics of wet paint!!
Still work to do on the horses face but I am happy so far. :)

Sunday, 25 October 2009

'The Debut'

Already time to move on so here is my new WIP, based on a Dressage Stallion. It will be called 'the Debut' . So far I have the BG roughed in, I dont think I will take the detail any further as I want it to be a simple suggestion of entering an arena. I may tone down the blues, but TBH I love them at the moment, so I will see how it dries. The tricky thing here will be working out the light on the horses coat as the ref photos were taken outside on a summer day ! Always a challenge.....


I have finally completed (subject to approval from my lovely clients) the portrait of Revoir ash and Webster. Revoir turned out well in the end although he has been very hard to photograph!

Several of my original paintings are now for sale through the Daryl Nantais gallery in Linton Cambridge. I will soon be adding to these with some new projects before Xmas. If you are in the Cambridge area its well worth a visit, He also has a great collection of Ophelia Redpaths work in his Autumn exhibition, which I particularly like!

Thursday, 22 October 2009


So I talked up the difficulties with this guy I think (A very bad habit of mine) :S

His nose looks a little wide, despite my careful measuring, and Im not sure if its actually wrong or if its because the cheek is not finished yet. I also have to darken the whole thing, he looks a little too light brown on the muzzle although his summer coat reflects a lot of browns.

I was hoping to be finished today but never mind. ;)

Monday, 19 October 2009

On the home straight now :)

So this is the final head on this portrait, Revoir, a beautiful black Shire Horse. I have just finished putting his eye in & its all going well so far. There is much more pressure when its a multiple portrait, if this last one goes wrong then the whole thing is spoiled. Fingers X'd that all gets finished well though as I really dont fancy doing this all over!!! :D

Monday, 12 October 2009

Part two finished, Webster

Two thirds finished now, just waiting for approval on the lovely

Webster and then its on to the last, and trickiest, a black Shire. :)

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Feeling positive!

Just had the good news that The Glance, a Fresian painting I done last year, has sold out of the Darryl Nantais gallery, Linton. I am very pleased!!!

Webster is coming along well to, I am aiming to finish him today and hopefully the last horse Revoir, by the end of the week. I am very happy with how this is going :D

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Webster coming along now

This portrait is very painstaking! But I do feel its coming along nicely. This is the second head, its actually the first time I have drawn a heavy horses portrait. this is a Shire horse, webster. Im looking forward to drawing his hairy chin!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Ash finished at last

So the lovely Ash is finally finished, one third down, two to go ! :) Clients are very happy so far..

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Saturday, 3 October 2009

This is coming along now, this is a bad photo due to such a dull day, it has lots of detail that the camera cant pick up! I am happy with how this is going (for once!)