Sunday, 29 May 2011

'Palomino Study' Original Painting on eBay

'Palomino Study'
5" x 7" (18cm x 13cm) Oil on canvas board.
Available on eBay starting at 1p with free p&p and no reserve- (currently bid up to £21 at time of writing).

Small oil painting of the incredibly beautiful part-arab stallion Pewit Dancing Movie Magic at Sir Nunn's of Pinewood Stud. I had an incredible day at the stud last weekend both photographing the beautiful horses and painting them from life with other members of The Society of Equestrian Artists. Have wasted no time getting some new paintings on the go- this is the first little study in preparation for a larger painting.

You can see lots of photos from my day at the workshop here-

Saturday, 28 May 2011

New Limited Edition Prints

I had a great day at Sally Mitchell Fine Arts yesterday having my new prints produced. It's a bit of a trek from here but quality is incredibly important to me so it is always well worth the trip!

This enormous machine is the key to the wonderful print quality. It's a Cruse Flatbed Fine Art Scanner and really is the ultimate in fine art scanning- it faithfully captures every single tiny detail and eliminates the kind of warping and glare issues associated with trying to photograph paintings. There are only a handful of these available for use worldwide so I feel lucky to have one within a drivable distance, it really is a remarkable machine.

Once the scanner has done it's job it is then onto the proofing process; samples of the image are printed and the colours carefully tweaked to ensure that the image coming out of the giclee printer is as faithful to the original painting as possible. It can take several attempts but perseverance always pays off as the end results are just fantastic.

After being so thrilled with my first few prints I was a bit worried that my expectations would be a bit high this time but I wasn't disappointed, I am so so proud of my new prints and incredibly grateful to John at Sally Mitchell Fine Arts for the brilliant job he has done on them.

Can't wait to share photographs of all the new prints with you, will have to sit down and get some photos taken over the next few days. Also need to update my website as I ended up getting a 4th painting produced in print too! Busy enjoying having family to stay this weekend so might have to wait a day or two :-)

Friday, 13 May 2011

Made a start on 'November Morning'...

Been a bit quiet as busy on commissioned paintings at the moment, thoroughly enjoying them!

Above is a start on my next original which I'm grabbing an hour here and there to work on when my other stuff is too wet to work on. I think it 16" x 12", so quite small for me! Just blocking in the first layer of paint over the canvas so far, which I painted a dark grey to begin with. I did a little study of this in preparation which I was pleased with so I'm hoping this turned out as well as I hope!

Finding the key to this one is not letting my eyes play tricks... for example my eyes tell me the grey horses are a grey/white colour- but in actual fact, compared to a pure white piece of paper they are a very dark blue/grey! I mix the paint feeling sceptical but once it is on the canvas it looks just right!

It's based on photographs I took of the The Zetland Hunt last November.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Zetland Point to Point, Witton Castle

Lovely afternoon taking reference photographs in the sunshine! Now have plenty of Point to Point subject matter to choose from! You can see more photos in a Facebook album here.