A blog from the painting studio of E J Lazenby BA(hons), QTFE(2), ASEA

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog 'Ranting, raving and painting'

In between being a mum and horse owner/rider, I teach art part time (for the Open College Of Art and the WEA) I am a video painting and drawing demonstrator, both for the OCA and more recently, for a new art instructional web company, Arttutor.com (which is my dream job) and any time left is spent painting in my studio, luckily at the rear of my house. I specialise in equestrian themes, but also paint any animal, landscapes and more experimental pieces. I am happy to undertake commissions, please see my main website www.animalfineart.co.uk or my updated price list and downloadable order form.... I hope you enjoy my blog; any comments appreciated!

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DAY 30 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 30

The Magnificent 'Mr T'

The Magnificent ‘Mr T’

Day 30
‘The Magnificent Mr T’

Oil on canvas board

RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING

Roxanne Gooderham

So this is the final painting of the challenge. Meet ‘Mr T’ who is owned by my friend, Caz. We have enjoyed many hacks out together over the pass few years and I am so grateful to Caz for giving me the opportunity to ride him at times when I had no horse to ride. I produced a pencil drawing of ‘T’ for one of my 100 day challenge pieces two years ago and thought it would finish the 30 day challenge off nicely if I were to finally depict him in paint.

With this one being the final painting, it has made me think about what I’ve learnt from the project. I had only made the progression from pencil to paint just over a year ago and felt that I had a long way to go in terms of learning about colour and how to use oils properly. So when Jane asked me if I’d like to take part in a painting challenge I jumped at the chance as I knew it would be a good learning curve but deep down I had doubts as to whether I could actually do it.

I felt completely comfortable using oils from the very beginning of the challenge and knew that this medium was the right one for me but  was worried about the drying times and whether I could get one done in a day. The project allowed me to get to grips with how they worked, what effects could be made and just how quickly I could paint with them. I found that by using them thinly and using a quick drying medium with the paint, it enabled me to complete them quite easily within a day.  After painting for an entire month with oils I have fallen in love with them even more and now feel I’m beginning to find my own style, a style which I can now start to build upon in future works.

Colour was also an issue and I truly believed that it would become a problem for me once the challenge had started. For years I have been daunted by colour with colour mixing being the scariest thing of all for me together with what colours to put down in a painting instead of just one colour alone. To my amazement, the more I started to ‘look’ at what i was painting, the more colours I was seeing. I felt like I had had a lightbulb moment and realised that I hadn’t been ‘looking’ at things properly. Since the challenge Ican now see all sorts of different colours around me and I really enjoy trying to work out what paint colours I’d use to recreate certain objects, especially when I’m out walking. It really is as though a veil has been lifted from my eyes and I can finally see things properly. I would say this is one of the greatest achievements I have gained from doing this challenge.

The 30 day challenge has been an incredible journey for both Jane and I and it has helped us both to progress in different ways. I would certainly recommend that all artists set themselves at least one challenge a year to help develop their work. I would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Jane for asking me to paint alongside her, it truly was an absolute pleasure. I would also like to say thank you to all of our Facebook fans for supporting us and for taking the time to like and comment on our posts. It is such a fabulous feeling to know that so many people appreciate what we do and we can’t thank you enough.

Here’s to the completion of our 30 day painting challenge and we hope you can all join us for the next one! 😉 xxx

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
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DAY 28 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 28

Making an Entrance

Grand Entrance

Day 28
‘Grand Entrance’ – by Roxanne Gooderham

28.5cm x 20cm
Watercolour, pencil and charcoal on watercolour paper.

RESERVED

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

I’m really enjoying exploring watercolours with pencil and charcoal at the moment so for tonights piece I decided to use the medium again. I’ve wanted to use this photo of Jane’s for ages and have finally got around to doing something with it. Jane took a series of photos of the ‘Equicirque’ in London. They are a company who put on magnificent equestrian shows and tour around the world with their productions. This particular horse and rider were from an act called ‘Los Rios’ and apparently the girl was only 15 years old!

By using a limited colour palette and being quite bold with the paint application, the image has been simplified which I think works well. The horse is actually grey but because i forced myself to use just a few colours I have re-created it in my own way. The angle of the horse and rider makes it an interesting piece and adds that element of mystery.

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 26 30/30 days


Medieval Beauty

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 26

26th August 2013
Day 26

Ethereal Grey

Ethereal Grey

‘Ethereal Grey’ – by Roxanne Gooderham

28.5cm x 20cm
Watercolour, pencil and charcoal on watercolour paper

AVAILABLE – £50 + p&p

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

For day 26 I decided to use another fabulous photo of Lorenzos grey horses taken by Jane but this time I didn’t want it to look exactly like the photo. I wanted to stylise the horse and make it my own. The photo itself is very ethereal and as I am a huge Pre-Raphaelite fan i looked to Burne-Jones for a little inspiration. I am always drawn to his watercolour studies and the way he uses those rich, and sometimes subtle, blues and warm earthy colours.

Limiting my pallette, I feel, works well for this piece. i kept the painting quite loose and i let the drips go wherever they wanted to go. I love this way of working and working ‘with’ the paint rather than going against it. Working with it can lead to some unusual and unique paintings.

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 29 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 29

Dancing Light

Dancing Light

29th August 2013

12 x 16″ on canvas panel

AVAILABLE – £100 plus P&P

Artist E J Lazenby

This is my final piece (painting #15) for Roxanne and my 30 day challenge. I have spent the last few days filming a video demonstration course ‘Painting Animals’ in Liverpool for the artist educational firm, Arttutor.com. It made sense to create a painting for them that also fitted into my challenge of grey and bay horses, I chose this image to paint because of the luscious colour in the shadows – I adore painting the light, I have boundless energy and enthusiasm for painting subjects that inspire me! I quickly found how much these daily paintings have helped my working process; from making instant decisions, hitting the colour mixes right first time, tighter form and more accuracy and biggest improvement of all was the relaxed confidence that I was able to work with to the camera…. A painting challenge can be gimmicky, lightweight or just a silly marketing ploy to some, but this challenge has really created a notable difference in my working style and methods….

Roxanne, when are we doing another challenge? Can it be 50 Friesian horses = 50 steps nearer to heaven? giggle….

This piece which is one of the largest in my 30 day challenge, will be available online to help show techniques and process to amateur artists within the next month – I really enjoy my teaching activities, as painting alone in your studio is a very solitary existence…..

Thank you all for your support and purchases during this painting challenge, which completes tomorrow with day 30 from Roxanne.

Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 27 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 27

Show White

Show White

27th August 2013

 8″ sq / 20 cm sq

oil on canvas panel

AVAILABLE – £60 plus P&P

Artist E J Lazenby

I was inspired to paint this little pony at a Riding Club Show at Silsden, where I was judging the ridden classes…. This chap gleamed in the morning sun… I remember my first pony, a lovely grey called Barnaby – he used to be spotless at home as we led him into the trailer. Upon arrival at the showground, invariably his rear legs would be brown, his dribble a green froth and he would be embedded with hayseeds!

This little pony was so spotless he looked like the ‘after’ in a Persil White advert – this leads me to his name – ‘Show White’….

 Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 25 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 25

Champ

Champ

25th August 2013

 12″ sq / 30 cm sq

oil on natural linen finish canvas panel

RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING

Artist E J Lazenby

I was asked to have a look at this horses photograph with a view to paint her for this challenge… my first thoughts were about what an expressive eye she had, then I drank in the purple, burgundy, lilac, orange and peach, I instantly knew I had to paint her…

The headcollar was a patterned blue nylon so I substituted for a leather look, removed the lead rope and allowed the lovely linen finish of the canvas to become a very quiet and simple background…..

 Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 24 30/30 days


Medieval Beauty

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 24

Repose

Repose

24th August 2013
‘Repose’ – by Roxanne Gooderham

30.5cm x 25cm, 12″ x 10″
Oil on canvas board

AVAILABLE – £85 + p&p

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

Today has been a ‘finishing off a painting day’ for me. I’ve had this painting sitting in my studio for months and was in the very early stages of progress. I thought it was about time I got around to completing it so I have used the painting challenge to help push me forward with it.

This gorgeous Spanish stallion is owned by a Facebook friend of mine and they kindly gave me permission to use their photo. The peacefulness of the horse attracted me to the image straight away. It has that medieval feel to it which I am always drawn to. I could have gone into detail and defined each and every wave of the mane but I didn’t want it to look exactly like the photo so I changed it and blended the yellows and the blues together creating more of a blurred effect, which I feel gives more of an ethereal quality to it.

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 23 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 23

Rally the Troops

Rally the Troops

23rd August 2013

9 x 12″ approx

Coloured pencil on grey Canson paper

£70 plus P&P

Artist E J Lazenby

After 7 hours filming in Liverpool and a 6 hour round trip by rail, I’ve steadily created this study of the re-enactment group ‘Slipped Knott’…. I took a number of reference photographs last month at Wentworth Castle Gardens, and I’ve been harbouring the intention to paint some when time permitted……

Today has been confined to drawing media due to the confinement of the train journeys, but as I have been quietly absorbed entertaining my fellow passengers, the hours have flown by and this pencil study shall emerge shortly as a full colour painting – I’ve taken out more soldiers, changed the colour of the horse, restructured the background and generally given it a good shake up from the image in the reference photo….

 Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 22 30/30 days


day 22Medieval Beauty

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 22

 22nd August 2013
‘Medieval Beauty’ – by Roxanne Gooderham

30.5cm x 25cm, 12″ x 10″
Oil on canvas board

RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

The Medieval period!…sigh! I am absolutely OBSESSED with it! The horses, the romance, the clothes, everything! Like the Civil War, I have been interested in all things medieval since I was a child and again, it stems from when my dad used to take us to look at old ruined castles where there would be re-enactment groups which brought the history to life. I guess it has all just remained with me ever since.

A Facebook friend of mine has very kindly allowed me to use her wonderful photo of her and her horse. Both horse and rider look absolutely stunning and I couldn’t resist painting it. I’ve been meaning to get around to creating a painting such as this for months and this challenge has allowed me to make a start on what will be an ongoing project. I’m really enjoying these swirling backgrounds and each time I do them I feel they are becoming more effective. I will keep experimenting with the idea.

Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact Roxanne on the above email for further details.
Thank you for following our progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 21 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 21

Start point

Start point

1 Hour

1 Hour

2 Hours

2 Hours

Completed piece

Completed piece

21st August 2013

 12 x 16″ approx

acrylic on canvas panel

UNDER OFFER

Artist E J Lazenby

Reference photo of PM Backfire, owned by Diamond Mine Arabians, photo by Ashley N Brouwer

Tonight has been ‘Art Club Demonstration’ night, and I popped along to Dinnington Art Club near Rotherham, South Yorks, for a quick spot of horse in acrylics…

My last demonstration at this club I completed a detailed portrait of a wee Pekingese dog owned by one of the audience. Tonight I had been asked to paint a horse in acrylics, and I knew the one I wanted to work on!

I’d come across a photo quite recently of a lovely grey Arabian stallion, all arched neck and flying mane – he would make an eye catching painting and also a chance to draw the basics with a few sweeping lines, to increase the colour in shadow and to use a loose technique with little detail – 2 hours goes very fast when you are sat at an easel with an audience asking questions!

This Art Group has a very professional set up – camera trained on my painting and projected onto a cinema wall! So I was viewing my own work at about 8 foot tall!

Upon completing the painting and returning home, I wondered if I should refine some areas of the painting, but upon reflection, I decided that I would only fiddle and may spoil some of that energy and flow within the painting…..

 Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.

Deposit secures. Installment plan available.
If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
Paintings are sold on a first come, first served basis
Low resolution images are used for each painting day, this is to help to prevent unauthorised usage and downloading,  hence the colours may vary slightly from that of the original.
 A higher resolution image is available to view if you may be interested in purchase.
 Please contact me for further details.
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..