Thursday, 17 December 2009

Westie - Finished

I finished this painting today. Sadly the photo isn't doing the colour justice but it's very dark outside and I'm having to rely on daylight bulbs. I've really enjoyed doing this painting, it's great doing a pose like this and a full body painting so fingers crossed Westie's owner is pleased with it.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009


I'm really hopeful that I should have this painting finished tomorrow. I've only the mane, tail and head to go so fingers crossed. Hopefully the amazing contrast in the lighting is coming across in the painting, although, once again, this photo isn't showing exactly the same as the original painting and is showing a bit lighter. I love doing paintings with this kind of lighting as I think it makes for a really interesting painting.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009


Here's todays progress on the painting. There's a slight bit of light reflection on Westie's rump because the paint here was still wet when I took the photo.

Monday, 14 December 2009


This painting is of Westie and is going to be quite big at 24x20" and I've really been looking forward to it!! I absolutely love doing full body paintings of horses like these so it's always great to have one to do. I've painted the background as a grass green to hint towards the fact that Westie is in a field and as with the shadow, I will make the edges around the hooves rough to make it look as though Westie is stood in grass. I did try putting in a few bits of grass in the foreground but didn't like how it was looking so have stuck with it as is.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Kara - Finished

Here is the finished version of Kara, awaiting approval. I've been very pleased with my progress with this painting and how it's turned out. I must admit that I was a bit nervous to start with incase I struggled with the colour mixing to get the Palomino colouring right, but it was easier than I anticipated and I ended up really enjoying this painting. I can have mental blocks at times throughout paintings, and often start paintings with a huge mental block, but luckily, once I got going with this painting, it continued to flow.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


I'm nearly there! Just the tack and forelock to go on this painting. I've been pleased with my progress so far with this painting and I hope any viewers have been enjoying watching it come together.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


Ha ha, not the straightest photo I've ever managed!!

Thursday, 3 December 2009


Here is the latest stage of Kara. I have to admit that I find Palominos quite a challenging colour to mix up. In the shadow on her neck there are lots of reddish tones but you have to get it just right or she could end up looking like a chestnut! I also love having quite contrasting tones to paint, such as the lighting on Kara with the deep shadows and then the bright sunlight coming in from the right.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009


This painting is of Lady Kara, a beautiful Palomino mare. This is the very early, messy stage of the painting with the background painted on and now dry and then I have started to block out the main areas of the painting with the first underlayer. It will get better, honest!