Thursday, 28 October 2010

New tb Study

And guess what, its a Thoroughbred again!

No surprise really as Im surrounded by them all day every day :)

This is a little acrylic study of a yearling, size 10 x 12" on a box canvas.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

This is now finished. I was not very pleased with the background, so am putting this one down to experience. I have learnt that 'if it aint broke, dont fix it' and this applies to adding things to drawings (like backgrounds) that it doesnt need!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

New original

Its been a long time since I posted here, though I have been working hard! I have some new commissions completed, and though they are not yet on my website, they can be seen on my facebook page in my horse commissions photo album!/pages/Stephanie-Greaves-Artist/101899346519295

Before I start my next commission, I have taken some time out to practice my coloured pencil skills using a lovely photo I took at the Yearling Sales at Tattersalls Newmarket recently. This will be a little head study which I hope will be a nice christmas gift sized gallery piece.

Here is where I am so far, a few days in. ^^

I also have some acrylic paintings planned for the near future.

Sunday, 5 September 2010


This is now finished and its time to concentrate on my commissions.
'Freedom' 14 x 18"
Acrylic on box canvas

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

More :)

First stages of filly painting

This is a new acrylic painting which I am squeezing inbetween commissions :)

I just loved the jaunty pose of this yearling, she is a real character! The angles, though they look slightly off, are right so I am hoping that when I do the ears and mane it will look right again. The mane is wild!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

New Acrylic sketch & One day left to buy 'Chilling out'

I have been drawing a lot recently, so decided to try a quick painting to get back into the swing of it. This is 'Blue' our little Welsh Stallion and the painting is a diddy 8 x 10 Acrylic on canvas.

Also, there is just a few hours left to bid on 'Chilling out' on ebay, it has not made as much as I would like, but there is no reserve so someone will grab a real give-away!

Monday, 23 August 2010

New paintng on sale

After a successful sale of 'The whipper in' (see post below) 'Chilling out' is now also listed on ebay ending in 2 days time. Current bidding is far less than its worth, so it will be a bargain for someone!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Now on Ebay

Available for the first time on ebay, an Original Acrylic Painting of mine
'The Whipper In'

This is a fantastic opportunity to buy one of my original, one off paintings at significantly less than gallery price.

This is a 7 day listing. :)

Thursday, 8 July 2010

King Columbo

This is a new portrait in acrylics of a TB racehorse.

14 x 182 Acrylic on canvas.

I took some lovely photos of this horse at a meet in Newmarket UK, just after the race where he was placed 3rd. This was an experimental portrait as I am hoping to offer them on commission alongside my coloured pencil work.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Hunter progress

With 3 of my 4 children poorly and off school today, it is a miracle that any painting has been done at all! I have managed a little progress on this acrylic painting though. Still a way to go ..he needs legs and his rider needs a boot!


Friday, 18 June 2010

small update

This is all I will get to do on this today as Im off to the races tonight :D

I have been working on the neck area and beginning to get the saddle in. I am really enjoying this now, and its really hard to tear myself away for the housework

Thursday, 17 June 2010

slow progress

This one is trickier than I thought! I have spent a couple of hours on this tiny horses head, and I still need to do a couple more layers! Its really hard to blend acrylic paint I think, but it is a great medium for me as Im impatient, and I can layer pretty much straight away without making mud. I tend to fiddle too much with oil paint and Im finding with the speed of the acrylic drying I just cant do that!

Anyway here is a brief update, still work to do here! I have made the cloudy sky a bit purpler too, I want the effect of a grey day without being dull.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Huntsman painting *new*

This is a new acrylic painting of an East Anglian hunt scene. Its 12 x 16" on fine grain canvas. Im not really sure how it is going to turn out as yet..

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

2nd Colour layer

Feel like Im getting somewhere with this little girly now, a couple more hours have been spent with colour glazes. The only think that concerns me a bit is that its lost some of the contrasts, and looks a bit smooth, But I still have at least one more layer to do plus details so Ill look again tomorrow.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

First colour layer

This is a light colour layer using oils and linseed, I need to make her head slightly less dainty and her eye bigger, but Im happy with this as a base to work on. The mane and tail are fuller but I cant add it in until the later stages.

Monday, 7 June 2010

New small oil painting in progress

I had prepped and painted yellow two box canvasses at Christmas time, but (until now) had not been inspired to paint anything on them! I really wanted to do a small oil as they have been selling well. This is a lovely yearling filly that I have painted before (top right of my blog banner) and Im just playing about with a study of her cantering. This is a very sketchy underpainting (or grisaille) which gives a general idea of the shape and tones. I cant wait to get the colour on this one!

12 x 12" Oil on box canvas.

Monday, 31 May 2010

New Acrylic painting

I did enjoy this painting though I dont really use acrylic paint much. There is definately an advantage in the fast drying, as it stops me fussing too much!

16 x 12" Acrylic on Canvas.

As yet untitled though I quite like 'drip dry' lol!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Two down....

I think this portrait has taken me longer than any other I have ever done! I am on the home straight now though, phew.

Second Collie is now complete. I am pleased with him. :)
I am doing this portrait as a 'Work in Progress' (with a bit more information on how I am doing the fur, and which colours I am using etc), on 'Wetcanvas' Coloured pencil Forums. here is the Thread link if anyone want to have a look.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

A little more progress on the second dog, I really want to crack on with this now I need to get focused!
Great news yesterday, I have sold 3 original paintings out of the Daryl Nantais gallery, Linton, Cambridgeshire.
My new website upgrade is also coming along really well, my thanks to Lynne at

Monday, 10 May 2010

Second dog appearing

I must confess I was a little worried about tackling this lovely Merle coat on this collie, but I have surprised myself by how much fun it is, and in fact it is easier than a flat area of colour!

Heres a quick update on how its going.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

first of 3 finished

The first of the trio os now completed, I hope to get the next two done a little quicker now I have no other work on. I wasn't sure if I had overworked the rough curls in the neck, but it is an old dog so perhaps it helps show that a little.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

More of the Border Collie

This one is coming along so slowly as I have been very busy of late with the childrens pony and their birthdays, I have also had to make a wedding cake (an interesting sideline!)

Managed a couple of hours this morning so heres a quick update, and a picture of my cake creation!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Bit more,

Im on a roll now with this one its really fun. Still a long way to go on the muzzle but I'm getting there.

Border Collie Trio

This is a new commissioned portrait, of 3 lovely Border Collie type dogs. Im really enjoying this one so far! Its a biggy too, at full sheet A1 :)

Friday, 16 April 2010

Pointer Study

Just a quick A4 to fill in a day. With the children off school for Easter the real work has taken a bit of a backseat, so I am really looking forward to starting a 3 dog commission next week. I also have a Wedding cake to make so it will be a busy week. :-)

Thursday, 1 April 2010


A quick Sketch of my German Shepherd Kobi. Using just 2 Coloured pencils in slate grey and chestnut. A nice bit of light drawing before I have to get back to the big stuff!

I am considering selling these as a cheaper alternative to full portraits, depending on interest.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


a different subject altogether for me, a collection of objects depicted in coloured pencil. On smooth card size 8×12 approx (A4)

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Head of horse

Spent far too long on this little bit today! Coming along OK, needs a bit more work but its nice to use these lovely orange colours.