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

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DAY 20 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 20

Duchess

Duchess

20th August 2013

Day 20
‘Duchess’
Oil on canvas board

SOLD

I just can’t believe it is day 20! Time has flown so quickly! Today i have finally got around to painting this gorgeous shire x, Duchess, whose photo was donated to us on our facebook page by her owner. I really enjoyed painting her bright bay coat. I could see pinks, purples, blues, ochres. It’s amazing just how many colours you begin to notice once you start to ‘look’ more at something. Colour used to scare me but now I have so much more confidence and want to learn more about the subject. Again, I have tried to experiment with the background with this one to make the painting a bit different and to add a little atmosphere and interest. I’m really liking using this technique.

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 19 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 19

Shelbs

Shelbs

19th August 2013

9.5 x 9.5″ – 24 x 24cm approx

oils on canvas panel

SOLD (DG)

Artist E J Lazenby

This oil on canvas panel is painted from life, it shows our little mare, Clivocast Shelby, who is sadly leaving us this week and going back to her owner as we have lost our grazing. I’m sad to see her go, so this painting I did for her… She is such a bright eyed little poser and will stand at the gate for hours in the hope of a treat!

It was a simple job to take the easel and paints up to the field and work loosely keeping the colour palette cool blues and greys… I brought the painting home after 2 hours as the flies started to stick to the paint (now tweezered off) and added a few more darks and details from memory….

The reason of painting from life today is an interesting one………. My blog received a comment a couple of days ago that got me thinking…. Do I copy photos, do I change the photos enough (backgrounds, colours, combine 3 or 4 together…?) Am I guilty of being only a copyist? Why do I work in a Traditional and figurative way? ( I did do a series of more abstract works as a student and then later in my 20’s), Is my work too safe and boring???

The comment is as follows…..   ” Great work, I really feel that you should expand your horizons beyond copying. I see so many wonderfully skilled artists such as yourself, whose creativity is limited by the habit of copying and commissions. Don’t be afraid to try something new.”

To an artist that has done a 4 year degree and then 20 years self employed as a professional painter, what ‘new’ things are left???

(I’ve done abstract, expressionist, gestural, automatic, impressionistic, colourist, mediums of pencil, charcoal, ink, pen, acrylic, watercolour, oils, coloured pencil, 2d paintings and 3d sculpture, mono / etching / collographs….)

I suppose there is conceptual art (which I hate and find most of it pretentious rubbish)

There’s performance art (errrr, no thanks, coming from Barnsley I see ‘performance’ art on every street corner on a Saturday night)

So what’s left?

Me

I don’t have the need to be new or innovative, I’m just me……

So here I am, doing what I love doing, in a style which I have found over 25 years of painting suits me perfectly, working from life, memory AND photograph….. Mainly painting horses, but happy painting nudes, dogs, cats, wildlife, landscapes, portraits….

I like things to look in proportion and have correct form – elongated and deformed horses don’t float my boat under the name of ‘stylised’ or ‘modern’… to me they are just badly painted…Rant over!

These remarks are not aimed at anybody, but I feel a little more justified doing what I do and being happy within my own rules…..

 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 18 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 18

Prepared For Battle

Prepared For Battle

18th August 2013

DAY 18

‘Prepared for Battle’

Watercolour and graphite pencil on watercolour paper
27.5cm x 19.5cm
AVAILABLE – £55 + p&p

Reference photo courtesy of J.Daniels.

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

I have been interested in the English Civil War for as long as I can remember. My
dad was always taking my brothers and I  to English Heritage sites which were linked
with that particular era and having one of these sites situated near my home, I
feel a strong connection with the subject. I have wanted to produce a series of
paintings based on the Civil War for some time and after seeing Jane’s photos
she took the other week, it spurred me on to try and paint something. I have a
few friends in the Sealed Knott and they have been kind enough to allow me to
use their photos for my work. I created a few pieces based on the Civil War for
my 100 day challenge two years ago but now I feel I am more confident with
paint I believe I can, at last, begin to do the subject justice.

Today’s piece is in watercolour and pencil and is slightly more detailed than
day 12 but also retains that looseness which I love when using this medium.
I’ve limited my palette in order to help prevent getting too detailed. I have
also experimented with the background to see whether that same dream-like
effect I use in oils can be achieved in watercolour an it most certainly can!
Here, the tension mounts as both horse and rider are alert and ready for
battle!

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 17 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 17

Patience

Patience

17th August 2013

10 x 14″ approx

oils on canvas panel

AVAILABLE – £85

Artist E J Lazenby

Today was the third day of a workshop in acrylics – my students wanted to paint a horse with a shiny coat, so I suggested that we worked on one image together, each of us producing our own painting so that I could support them with colour mixing and order of procedure of layers and detail…

I have called this painting ‘Patience’….. My reference image showed a handler chatting on his mobile as his pony waited patiently by his side. I have changed the colours, lighting and composition as well as losing a complex and distracting background of spectators at The Great Yorkshire Show. My intention was to create an expectant look in the pony’s eye, an extra glossy coat, limited colour palette and a quiet atmosphere very removed from my original reference… The other reason I have given this painting this title was that I usually work more quickly and fluently on a piece, and I had to rein-back my urge to paint onwards, and exert a little ‘patience’ of my own so that none of my students felt the pressures of time or were left behind…. Maybe I should call this piece ‘Patience Doubled’?

 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 16 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 16

Evening Call

Evening Call

16th August 2013
Day 16

‘Evening Call’  – by Roxanne Gooderham
30cm x 30cm
Oil on box canvas

AVAILABLE £90 + p&p

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.co.uk

Todays painting is all about experimenting and looking at light. I took this photo when I went on a weeks painting workshop with the Society of Equestrian Artists this year. This horse was one of our models and I spent  a lot of time with them in the evenings taking lots of photos. I love the way the evening sun shines through his tail like liquid gold. I’ve never really portrayed light like this in a painting before and I have to agree with Jane that painting light is so satisfying. I still have a long way to go but think I’m slowly getting there in achieving the effect.

In this painting I’m also beginning to look at combining the figurative with abstract. The houses in the hills in the background have been simplified and are represented by creating abstract block shapes. I’m also starting to look at different effects I can create using the oils which can be seen on the left hand side. I have used this effect a few times during the challenge and I believe it gives a dream like quality to my work which I’m really enjoying using. I think I could take this further. The way I have portrayed the horse is also a lot softer than some of my other pieces and as a whole I think it all works well.

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 15 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 15

Green Grass Of Home

Green Grass Of Home

15th August 2013

10 x 14″ approx

oils on canvas panel

RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING

Artist E J Lazenby

The bright sun is creating a mirror like gleam on this bay horses glossy coat… I love the way that the highlight swirls and dances over his shoulders and hips… The wind ruffles his mane but he never lifts his head from the sweet tasting grass……

I’ve tried to paint this piece quite broadly, the wet paint is still shining in the above photograph, I’m being more immediate and decisive with my colour mixes and my application of the paint on the canvas.

 

We are now half way through the painting challenge, my, how time has flown….Can I let you into a conversation I had with Roxanne this morning?

RG/ “Hmm, I think I’m getting obsessed with painting. Words cannot describe how much I enjoy it! Every one I do is a challenge!”

JL/  “It’s ace isn’t it? I was dreaming new paintings last night! “

RG/ “Its a wonderful feeling 🙂 x”

 

When you can immerse yourself in creativity, imagination and inspiration, have the motivation and mentality to keep on going despite what else is happening around you, to have what you create admired and adored by others….. this must be what we could call a ‘Dream Job’…..?

 

 

 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 14 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 14

Day 14

Day 14

14th August 2013
‘Rikki’ – by Roxanne Gooderham

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

SOLD

This photo was donated to Janey and I via our Facebook page. I recognised him straight away! He has the most unique eye I have ever seen. I had previously been commissioned to do a pencil drawing of Rikki by his owner so I jumped at the chance to try and portray him in oils, just to see if I could do it.

I am so pleased with the outcome. I particularly enjoyed creating the light on his coat which helps highlight all the veins on his face. I also decided to make the background slightly more different rather than just blocking it in with one colour.

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

 

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 13 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 13

Mes Amis

Mes Amis

13th August 2013

10 x 14″ approx

oils on canvas panel

AVAILABLE – £85

Artist E J Lazenby

It’s all about colour and light… These horses are taking a brief break from performing in the main indoor arena at Equicirque’s ‘Adrenaline’….. Lorenzo was working another group of his horses and this small group amazed me – all fire and spirit when performing, yet they instantly switched off and looked like a group of old donkey’s the second Lorenzo turned his back. They also has a strict pecking order between them and there was lots of grimacing and flicking of ears till they had sorted themselves into their working order….

Both blue and golden yellow spotlights were used in the performance, giving their pure white coats a beautiful and surreal colour which I have further enhanced. Originally there was another horse in the composition, but I removed him and felt the resulting image was more balanced…. I would recommend Equicirque to any of you horse loving speed freaks – it was very entertaining!

‘Mes Amis’ became the title after some thought about Lorenzo’s origins and those of the horses, plus after observing the horses and a herd, I could see the close bond they had, both with each other and with their masterful owner, Lorenzo…..

 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 12 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 12

Side Saddle Study

Side Saddle Study

12th August 2013
‘Side Saddle Study’ by Roxanne Gooderham

Watercolour pencil, charcoal and graphite pencil on watercolour paper

AVAILABLE – £35 + P&P

Email: roxygooderham@hotmail.com

I knew before I began this challenge that there would be days when I couldn’t physically get to my studio and produce an oil painting. Today is one of those days! Unfortunately the day job has had to take priority and I have had to go on a training day so in turn have lost a full day painting.

I know you’re all probably thinking  “but that’s a black horse not a grey or a bay!”  Well you’d be absolutely right. I have wanted to paint this beautiful Cob for a while  and hope to paint her in oils in the future and seeing as though I only have a black and sepia watercolour pencil at home along with a pencil and charcoal, I have had to use what I have so have opted to paint her for today. I adore using mixed media in this way. I really feel like more of ‘me’ is coming through. The style is loose and steps away from the photographic paintings I have recently been producing allowing me to explore a different feel and style. I hope to apply this method of working more into my oil 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 11 30/30 days


30 Paintings in 30 days

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 11

Study of Quest

Study of Quest

11th August 2013

 8″ sq – 30cm sq approx

oils on canvas panel

SOLD

Artist E J Lazenby

I have invited people to send in photos of their own bay or grey horses to give both Roxanne and myself some new inspiration to work from… This lovely chap in the painting, Quest, was one of the images sent in by his owner.

I’m sure that Roxanne will agree with me when I say you know within seconds of seeing an image, whether it is something you would like to work from…. I’d say I chose this image within 3 seconds, drawn to the heightened colour and the possibility of working broader and looser with the brush, AND it has my most favourite colour combinations of purple / orange / blue colour mixes. I’ve really enjoyed a quiet studio day creating this gorgeous horses portrait, and I’m delighted to report that his owner loves the result and the painting is now sold.

If you want your horses to be our artists muse, email images to the below email address and we will give careful consideration to all submitted – no obligation to purchase if we paint from your image, but you will be offered first refusal on the artwork before it is offered to public sale……

 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……..