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

Posts tagged “equine art

Photoshop shows the way


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Completed painting

I’m learning Photoshop skills, very slowly! I had a wonderful book for a Christmas gift from my brother and this resulted in a lightbulb moment…..
I had got ‘stuck’ with a painting – I knew it wasn’t right, but what I didn’t know is where to take it next and how to complete it.. I knew that the background was wrong, that the lighting seemed uneven… all in all I just was not happy

Unfinished....

Unfinished….

 

My start point was  a background that had already been repainted four times.. I exmerimented with the image in pgotoshop and found the right colour… then it was simply just a job of painting in the right colour and adjustingv the lighting….. Finally completed!

 

My second experiment I took my original reference photograph and worked it in Photoshop with a number of other layers. I created the image exactly how I wanted to paint it, then ran to the studio to get cracking… As I worked, the painting and my ideas evolved as I changed the shadows and added silver leaf….

The below images show this process….

Arabian stallion, Southern France, 2012

Arabian stallion, Southern France, 2012

 

Photoshop image

Photoshop image

 

on route....

on route….

 

Completed painting, 18 x 24"'Full Moon'

Completed painting, 18 x 24″
‘Full Moon’

 

 

Now I can almost use Photoshop, I’m not intending to bypass my sketchbook every time, it was just that the computer manipulation gave me the chance to be brave at the click of a button!

Thanks for joining me!

Jane x

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The horse as the artist’s muse…..


January 2013

January 2013

I’ve been delighted to be invited to deliver a talk on the horse in art, or more specifically, the horse as the artist’s muse…..

 

It’s a fact that I’m happily obsessed with painting horses, my intention is to examine how and why this magnificent animal has featured heavily throughout art of the different ages:

from cave paintings,

The age of Chivalry (knights in armour),

The Renaissance (classically trained and complementing their humans),

The Baroque period (the power of the horse = the power of the rider, full of drama)

The Age Of Enlightenment (the entire focus was the horse – George Stubbs)

The Romantic period (the horse as a wild and untamed spirit)

Move towards modernisation (horses move into leisure bracket – advent of photography)

The horse and modern art (artists own personal interpretations)

 

The journey that these equines have taken throughout the history of art is inspiring in it’s very self!

I’m due to speak at The Cooper Gallery in January on Saturday the 26th… please see the below link for further information and contacts for ticket sales….

http://alternativebarnsley.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/alternative-barnsley-exhibitions-arts-listings-january-march-2013/

 

I will keep you up to date on my progress towards doing this immense subject justice!

Startle

Startle

 

Thank you for joining me, and a Happy and creative New Year to all!

Jane x

 


DAY 77


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 77

 

Lead Four

7 x 11″ – 18 x 28 cm approx

Black Onxy pencil on white heavyweight cartridge paper

available £45 plus P&P

 17th July, 2011

 
This is the first study from my new Lorenzo photos from last thursday….. I took 3 hours tonight to create this drawing after a busy day with the junior artist at Wortley Country Festival…… I’m a little worn out now… I needed more time to really make this drawing tonally accurate, but it’s given me the grey horse bug now, and it will be hard to steer away from becoming a Lorenzo horse obsessive…. (arn’t ladies meant to become Lorenzo obsessives and ignore his horses?…)
 
The photo is under electric lights, so I will retake one tomorrow in decent daylight so that the tonal values are more correct to those of the original…..  

 

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 76


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 76

 

Nipper

7.5 x 11.5″ – 19 x 29 cm approx

Atelier Interactive acrylics on dalerboard

reserved until further notice

 16th July, 2011

 
This is Nipper. I don’t know the full story about this lovely little pony, but after looking through his owner’s photo albums, I see a pony full of fun and energy, a sparky and loving character, an excellent show jumper and a pony, obviously adored by his young owner Jodie.
 
Nipper was put down recently after injuries sustained in a road traffic accident…….
 
Jodie asked for something a little misty, possibly with Nipper running in a field full of grass in horse heaven…..
There’s no grass in my painting, but I hope the swirls of mist around this adorable pony are in keeping with his owners ideas, and that my little painting will keep the memories fresh…. 
  

 

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……..