30 Paintings in 30 days
‘The Magnificent Mr T’
Oil on canvas board
RESERVED FOR OWNERS VIEWING
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
“Oh no, she’s at it again!”
Yep, after the 100 paintings in 100 days challenge of 2011, I’ve been challenged again, but this time it is a more manageable size! Infact I’m sharing the 30 day painting spree with fellow equestrian artist Roxanne Gooderham….. We are doing alternate days and producing 15 paintings each.
I’ve bought myself some oil paints – a new medium for me and I thought there was no better way to get to know them than to jump in at the deep end. I’ve probably done about 10 oil paintings over the past few months, and just love the sticky, shiny gloopiness that gives the paint a lovely gloss and blendability.
My only problem is that I broke my wrist last week, but it’s not my painting hand, so shouldn’t hold me back too much!
My explanation for this furious painting activity is:
“Jane’s favourite medium is acrylics and she is inspired by the fall of light and colour in shadow. She has used acrylics for almost 20 years but now she is increasingly using coloured pencils and just starting to work in oil paints.
She is intending to use this artistic challenge as an opportunity to experiment and develop more confidence and expression within her pencil work and to open up the self-imposed constraints of her acrylic paintings by creating more atmosphere and intrigue by working with the oils in a more creative manner….
An artist always ‘up for a challenge’, Jane will be working this challenge alongside her teaching activities and commission work, so the scale of the pieces produced will be directly influenced by the time available each day….”
Below are three examples of my new work using oils… I’m more able to describe a shiny coat and the sparkle in the eyes…..
All of my 15 paintings over 30 days will be for sale unless stated reserved. If you would like me to consider one of your images to paint, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
I would be grateful for any support or encouragement you can give me as I will still be teaching, looking after my Duracell daughter, doing a pony club camp and running two art courses in my studio through August, so it won’t just be a case of painting every day, it may be a case of finding time to paint at all!
Thanks for looking in!
A number of people have admired my new painting, ‘Rammed In’ and have asked about the techniques I’ve used in painting him… now rather than subject you to a lengthy conversation, I’m putting together a number of progress shots here with a brief description of the action so that you can see how the end image slowly builds up both in layers of colour and detail…. I hope you enjoy the process as much as I did…..
Materials – Atelier interactive acrylic paints, canvas panel, assortment of standard brushes, copious café noir coffee…..
The main parts of the image are drawn in using a standard pencil – this is to freehand position the main proportions… no details are referenced at this point as they will be drawn directly with the brush at a later stage. The reference photo (courtesy of Jessica Crighton) is blown up to A4 to enable the details to be seen clearly.
Using Red Black, Naples Yellow Light, Titanium White and some Burnt Umber, I complete the blocking in process of the main elements.
At this point I realised that I could pose as a Viking Maiden with my newly painted horns….. The moment quickly went after another coffee, and painting resumed!
I’m now ready to start adding the more precise colour changes and begin layering up the detail. The purple on the sheep’s forehead is a simple scrubbed in base for the details to lightly go on top… The speed of the blocking process has quickly produced a semblance of the final image… the progress now slows down to a crawl as the detail starts to go on…..
I’ve touched in the bright highlights on the horns, added more blue to the shine, added fine hairs to the nose, eyelashes, ears etc…. This is the point that I need to sit and look more that I paint….
He’s now framed and headed off to Cheshire for The Association Of Animal Artist’s Annual exhibition at The Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham….. Hope he doesn’t headbutt anybody while he’s there!
Thanks for joining me..
I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front… I’ve been beavering away in the studio and have created 16 new paintings to date.
I’m sending four off next week to The Association Of Animal Artists exhibition in Cheshire (5th April – 13th May), then will be heading a few other new works to Obsidian Art Gallery’s exhibition, The Horse In Art in July, The Great Sheffield Art Show also in July and Holmfirth Art Exhibition, again in July…
There is such a cluster of exhibitions that all overlap in timescale, I’ve been really pushing myself to have enough new pieces to spread them far and wide!
The paintings headed for the AAA in Cheshire are exploring colour and light effects- I’ve strayed a little off my usual horsey track and broadened my subject matter. I’m delighted to report that all 4 submitted images have trotted through the selection process….
I seem to be ‘on a roll’ in the studio, my technique is becoming stronger and I’m braver and more adventurous with my colours, the Atelier Interactive paint is really working in partnership with me at the moment, allowing softer shading and glazing…
This increase in confidence has allowed me to create what I feel is one of my best pieces of work – Midsummer Night’s Dream…. a piece which I still smile at with delight when I enter the studio every morning – I’m so proud of it! I was given permission to paint the most beautiful photograph by talented artist and photographer Lesley Thiel, and to be honest, with such breathtaking subject matter, the pressure was on to ‘do him justice’, so here is my most recent work, a portrait of the mouthwateringly beautiful Indomito……
Thanks for popping in to see what I’m up to!
Please respect the artists copyright on ALL images displayed, no unauthorised usage whatsoever without prior permission. Quality art cards will shortly be available for ‘Rammed In’ and ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Please email me for details if you are interested.
After my personal challenge of the 100 paintings, I really identified exactly what combination of things made my ultimate inspiration:
- Lighting effects (dusk / dawn/ against the light)
- Horses (especially their rear angles of curvaceous rumps)
- Heightened colour (orange /yellow with bright blues/ purples)
- An interesting narrative /storyline
Give me all of the above and I’m in heaven. It’s often a difficult job to create all of these points in a single photograph for a painting reference, so here is where I need to improve my photography skills (and dare to take my SLR off auto setting) and to allow more creativity to come to the fore and create the darker lighting effects through experimentation and combining a selection of reference photographs…..
The following photos document the progress of my latest painting, a 23″ x 23″ Atelier Interactive acrylic on canvas panel. I’m still undecided on the title as yet, but quite like ‘The Beachcombers’ or ‘Sea Horses’. Any better ideas? I’d love to hear them!
The painting is still unfinished, I’m really enjoying departing from my reference photo and starting to really ‘feel’ the colours. It has been a super piece to demonstrate my techniques and painting procedure during my ‘Open Studio’ event (see www.openupsheffield.co.uk ).
I will post an image of the painting when completed and framed, but until then, thank you for joining me on my blog- I hope its been of interest!
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:
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…
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!
100 paintings in 100 days for under £100
7 x 11″ – 18 x 28 cm approx
Black Onxy pencil on white heavyweight cartridge paper
available £45 plus P&P
17th July, 2011
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100 paintings in 100 days for under £100
7.5 x 11.5″ – 19 x 29 cm approx
Atelier Interactive acrylics on dalerboard
reserved until further notice
16th July, 2011
Purchases available through Paypal or by personal cheque.