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

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Pussy cat pussy cat where have you been?


I’ve created a plethora of cats over the last couple of weeks, I have always had a tendency to shy away from these furry cutenesses, but I decided to meet the fluffy problem head on…

It may be my horrible allergy to these constantly hair shedding, superior beings that have made them less than popular in my household, but their wide-eyed beauty and strong characters have begun to win me over…

You can never have just one…

‘Go On Then, Move..’ from my 100 paintings in 100 days

I have painted cats before, just not many of them. The above piece is from my 100 day personal challenge, I feel I am now packing in more colour and can create better form to the subject. The obsession with light has gone way back in my painting production, back to 1994 to be exact!

BRING ON THE NEW CATS….

My first willing victim was Raul Salvador Morales, a little black cat with a rather big name. I donated his portrait to his delighted owner, Megan. I used my new set of Derwent Coloursoft pencils, really as a try-out to see what they could do…

The Junior Artist watched me intently and then created her own piece which she wanted to send in the post to Raul as a love card from my mothers black cat, Sukiyashi Samurai Warrior (to give her her nickname…)

Raul Salvador Morales

I really enjoyed building up the layers of hair to give him that healthy gleam. My next ‘victim’ was a photograph from the internet from a group of images specifically put together to be copyright free for use by artists. After the tight detail of Raul, I felt the need to be more gestural and work fast and loose…..

Do not disturb 10 x 14″ on canvas panel

Here I used the Atelier Interactive acrylics on a canvas panel, looking for heightened colour and brave brushstrokes. Orange and purple are complementaries, so using them together will often give the colour more ‘pop’. Most of my shades are created from a brilliant blue/bright orange colourmix, one I use often for creating my white horses shadows…..

Tabby. 30cm sq on canvas panel

At this point the ‘colour door’ was open and off I went! I found my reference photograph again on an internet copyright free site, intending to paint very quickly and heighten the colours, this little 30cm sq canvas panel barely took an hour to create, in fact what took most time was taking the step by step photographs every 10 minutes (shown below). Often people are often interested in my technique and procedure when creating a portrait, so here you are;

Tabby cat in Atelier Interactive – stages

I then started sketching, trying white pencil on black paper, something which I made my poor life drawing students perform last week. I soon found that my standard white pencil offered a mid highlight and the softer white Derwent Coloursoft white was the one I needed to give me the brightness needed to create a good contrast.

Mane Coon cat (Nemo) A4 white pencil on black

Oh boy, was he fun to draw, quick sweeps of the pencil and big negative space gaps meant that the sketch was completed very rapidly…. Now obsessed by cats, I carried on sketching;

Venus in profile A4 white pencil on black

I gifted this next sketch to my big brother, his cat Venus (or rebus) had a lovely profile, and since I was staying at his house that weekend, I thought an artwork donation would be an appropriate way to say thank you for his hospitality…..

Venus in the sun A4 pencil on paper

My next drawing was a simple pencil study, again from the obliging Venus who sat and glowered at me as I created… Again, I can see my obsession with backlighting surfacing again.

The final piece in my cat fetish spree is again following my interest in backlighting;

Preliminary sketch, A4

Brotherly Love, 12 x 16″ canvas panel

I’m now looking forward to returning to my favourite muse; the horse, and have a few glorious sunset and reflection pieces planned in my head… They may or may not happen, watch this space!

Thank you for joining me again, Jane x

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Open Studio part of Open Up Sheffield 2012


I’ve just completed day 2 of my 5 days of opening my painting studio up to members of the public…. This year I am the only studio based in Barnsley, all of the other 62 studios participating are in the Sheffield area. Check out the catalogue online for a colour image of each artists work, there are 150 artists! Just click on the web link below:

www.openupsheffield.co.uk

It is now my 4th year of this event, my visitors have been trickling in to my secluded countryside base, quality not quantity I say! I can happily report that 3 originals have now found new homes. I have over 60 paintings on display and have converted my studio and dining room into gallery spaces complete with white voile drapes and matching labels (really pushing the boat out here!)

Over the course of the last few days I have completed some  new works shown below…

Watching. 12 x 16" coloured pencil

Watching. 12 x 16″ coloured pencil. For Sale

Whizzy Woo and Ferg, 10 x 12" acrylic

Whizzy Woo and Ferg, 10 x 12″ acrylic. NFS

It has been lovely to open my private space to visitors and to talk about the inspiration and techniques I use, my last year’s artistic journey and also my plans for the future.

I’m a stones throw from The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and welcome you to pop into my secluded countryside base and have a cuppa and scone….. it would be great to meet you!


DAY 16


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

DAY 16

 

The Coloured Queue

  8 x 11″- 20 x 28 cm  approx

 Acrylic on Dalerboard
£55 plus £5 p&p
May 16th, 2011
 
This is taken again from reference photographs I took at Aldam Park Horse Fair in Barnsley. I love the mare and foal peeping over the solid, broad back of the grey mare…… I’ve enjoyed heightening the colours and capturing the brief glints in their eyes as the buzz and hussle of the fair goes on around them.
I love painting coloured cobs with their full manes and contrasting coat colours…
 
I’m back in my favourite media of acrylic on dalerboard…..
 
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DAY 18


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 18

Suki

8 x 8″ – 20 x 20 cm  approx

 Acrylic on canvas board
available
May 18th, 2011
This is one of the most adept killers in the area, Suki, Samurai Warrior…….. Easter morning was celebrated with a baby rabbit, the day after the morning (dead) gift was a robin, the list of casualties goes on and on….The owner despairs over this sweet, cute, dainty black cat….. She’s really got c-attitude….if she does NOT want to be stroked, she will inflict major damage to your hand, but, if you are one of the chosen few, she will firmly park on your chest with a loud purrrr and dribble on your jumper while pumping you like a kitten….. yep, she’s an oddball!
I’m back in  acrylic on canvas board, creeping in a little silver leaf to set off the dense shadows on her face……
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Detail - Day 18

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DAY 17


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

DAY 17

Having A Moment….

9 x 8.5″”- 23 x 22 cm  approx

 Acrylic on Dalerboard
available
May 17th, 2011
This little study is taken again from reference photographs I took at Aldam Park Horse Fair in Barnsley ( it has been a fabulous venue for reference pictures, and on my doorstep as well!)  This young stallion decided to have a bit of a strop  ( a tantrum to non Yorkshire people! ) and exert his masculinity….He did a good few rears and spins before settling down and looking like butter wouldn’t melt! All the time I was lucky enough to have him and his owner, Carl, in the camera sights, and I couldn’t resist creating this quick study of the action!
The photo is taken under electric lights tonight, so I will re-photograph this piece in daylight tomorrow so that you can see the true colours……
I’m back in my favourite media of acrylic on dalerboard, and have left the background bare board to act as a quiet accompaniment…..
Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.
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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.
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Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..

DAY 15


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

DAY 15

 

Mother And Son

  16 x 20″ – 40 x 50cm  approx

 Acrylic on canvas board
S O L D
May 15th, 2011
 
This is taken  from reference photographs I took at Aldam Park Horse Fair in Barnsley. I love how the shadow areas are so full of colour and the bright sun has created dazzling highlights, backlighting this quiet pair as they rest in the warmth…… I’ve enjoyed heightening the colours and getting my teeth (or brush!) into their long tousled manes… 
This is in my favourite medium- acrylic and larger than my other pieces due to having a full day in the studio to create. I’m a day ahead of myself in the 100 due to going bionic in the studio over the last two days; some weekends I will have childfree painting time ( this was one of such occasions ) other weekends will find me being a mum as priority…….
I’ve revisited my dark background colour to heighten the backlighting- something which I adore…..
 
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Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
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DAY 14


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

 

DAY 14

Shades Of Grey

  10 x 14″- 24 x 35 cm  approx

 Acrylic on canvas board
S O L D
May 14th, 2011
 
 I was the flake girl with this painting ( with shorter hair and nowhere near as pretty! ) ….. let me explain……. I started this painting last night after completing Mr Tibbs…the rain was teeming down, the hen posse was pecking at the glass because they are too thick to get undercover in a rainstorm…… I leant my painting up against the door and opened it to give the bedraggled hens some corn as a consolation prize, and ZAP- the rain hit the painting and the colours began to run…. I just sat and watched it, mesmerised by the intermixing colours and dribbles running down the canvas……
Partly due to having a now soaking painting, and the need to cook my tea, the painting was left to dry out until today, when I have worked into the image further to completion….
I enjoy working ‘wet on wet’, and find I have totally no control over what the paint does….I often wish I could leave these soft colours without feeling the need to tighten up the image and add structure and shadows….I think this is something to work on further in my 100 challenge….
NOT TO FAFF and most importantly….
NOT TO OVERWORK the image and TO DARE TO LEAVE IT …… 
 
 
Progress of the painting
 

Rainy start

 
 

Adding layers to the now dry painting

 
 
 
Almost completed
 
 
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Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
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DAY 13


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

 

DAY 13

  

‘Mr Dirty Paws’  (Mr Tibbs)

8 x 8″” – 20 x 20 cm  approx

 Atelier Interactive acrylic on canvas board
S O L D
May 13th, 2011
 
 Isn’t this chap a cutie? Doing what cats do best….. curled up in a clean duvet fast asleep…. Only his paws show what he’s been up to! Mr Tibbs is a real softie, he completely vibrates when he purrs and he’s a bit of a dribbler as well- a real lap cat (the best sort I hear you say!)
 
This certainly was a challenge, I would NEVER EVER give myself a crumpled white sheet to paint ( even though I have set my students this very thing as a still-life exercise to help them see colour in shadows…I now know how cruel an exercise that was and humbly apologise! ) I found it very difficult to work; it was very easy to loose my place amongst the spider’s web of pencil guidelines I gave myself before starting in colour….
 

Mounted

I used my Atelier Interactive acrylics for this painting in the hope that this medium would make the duvet easier to blend without leaving noticeable brush marks, and have used lots of thin glazes to adjust my shading…..
 
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If you are interested in making a purchase, please contact me either by text or email.
Text:  07974 404765     email:  arrkidd@yahoo.co.uk
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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.
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 Please contact me for further details.
 
 
 
Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
all comments and support gratefully received……..
 
 

DAY 12


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE

 

DAY 12

  

DAY 12

‘Go On Then…. MOVE!’

9 x 12″ – 23 x 30 cm  approx

 Acrylic on canvas board
£75 plus £5 p&p
May 12th, 2011
 
 I couldn’t resist painting this portrait, the sepia shades and soft lighting are what really turns my eye. I came across this photograph in a Facebook business page, ‘Dawning Dreams’, this page sells fibres for weaving, knitting, spinning or crochet, as well as fabulous original handmade goods, hobbies that I love but never have time to do. I asked politely if I could use the photo, and was delighted when permission was granted.
The title of the painting didn’t take long to think up…’Go On Then….MOVE!’ 
 
I’m back in my favourite acrylic medium, and have used lots of thin glazes to adjust my shading…..
 
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……..