I made myself a New Year's resolution that that I would keep my website blog up to date . . . er well good intentions and all that. However I am going to try!
This painting of a bay horse is one that I was really happy with. To be honest my life was made much easier by the fact that I had very good reference to work from - a large A4 very sharp photo. It does make a difference because I could see so much detail. Sometimes I have to work from the photos provided as they are the only ones that exist but if they are not a good likeness to the subject then, with the best will in the world - and I will always give it my best shot - the portriat can only be as good as the photos I am working from.
I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get any feedback from this painting but, sadly,this is not so unusual. I must admit that this happens more often than you may think. I can only surmise that the recipient was happy or I am sure I would have heard otherwise! I find it strange because I really care that I have done the best I can and I put a lot of myself into the work. It is, after all, not an off the shelf product but a unique and very personal piece.
. . . and now for something completely different! My Dragon Lady I did some years ago now and she is a bit special to me because she was my first attempt at painting a "people" portrait. I just did it for a bit of fun really. It's good to push your boundaries every so often just to see what you can do. Or can't!. I have put her for sale on Artfinder so if you are interested you can get to her via the shop link through this website. She is painted in oils on artboard. I still love working in oils although I don't get the chance to do so very often these days as they are expensive to use and their slow drying time makes for a much more time consuiming work.
I have just done this cartoon, along with a few others on the same theme, for PETS Ltd. They are doing a charity fund raiser to try and buy a mechanical horse for disabled children to learn to ride on. A very worthwhile cause and something I am proud to be a small part of.
Well I shall shut up now and try and do updates a bit more often! Bye x