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

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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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DAY 86


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 86

 

 
 

Bloodhound

6 x 6″ – 15 x 15cm approx

Pen on white cartridge paper

available – £25 plus P&P

26th July, 2011

 

 Phew, a busy one today… 6 hours staff training, 2 hours tree climbing with the junior artists and a 1 hour hack leading Shelbers… all I’ve managed tonight is an ink drawing…… never done a bloodhound before though!!

I’ve done some preparation though on a more creative piece for tomorrow; I’ve gone all ‘tight’ and accurate again, and I’m having to kick myself back onto a more loose and gestural pathway….. galloping blue horses tomorrow on a much larger scale, AND a big promise to myself that I will get time to complete old Jack the black lab commission ..

I’m hoping this image will end up embroidered again…  will have to see if it gets the nod from the powers that be! 
 

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DAY 85


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 85

 

Part 1

 

Part 2

Shelby Shortlegs

both drawings are:  5 x 7″ – 13 x 18 cm approx
Pen and ink with grey pencil on white heavyweight cartridge paper
£25 each plus P&P

25th July, 2011

 Copyright for embroidery designs – Newman Embroidery Design Solutions. This does not affect the sale of the original drawings, as the artist retains copyright to all original works sold.

 
 
Today I’ve been working on the ‘Shelby’ range of embroidery designs today, in between being a taxi driver, cook, cleaner, dancing class attendant, hen keeper, dog walker, horse groom and personal carer!! to name but a few things. Today has been a busy one, so I thought it was a good time to work on a new set of Shetland pony designs for my friend Jen at Newman Embroidery Design Solutions… (or NEDS…) 
 
Before you ask, Shelby, our little black Shetland rescue pony isn’t pregnant, nor is she overfed… she’s on a very bare tiny paddock with no grass, and has been for 3 years now, but firmly and resolutely remains vast….. in fact she’s always been vast, and when we first got her, we did actually think that she was eating for two.
 
NEDS are developing a children’s range of embroidery designs all based around our dear, fat Shelbers…… So now they have two more designs in their portfolio… can’t wait to see them on clothing!
 
 

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DAY 84


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

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DAY 84

 

Tessa Doodle Lazenby

6.5 x 4.5″ – 16 x 11cm approx
Pen and ink on white heavyweight cartridge paper
S O L D

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24th July, 2011

 It looks as though I’ve caught the pen and ink bug, I picked this medium to work on the myriad of curls in Tessa’s coat… I felt that pencil would not have given me the precision I wanted, and as I can be a messy worker, I didn’t want to spend ages cleaning up smudges….
This drawing moved along quite quickly, partly due to working out curl formation yesterday….
Again, I’ve done stage by stage photos to document this drawing’s progression….. 
 

stage 1

 

stage 2

 

stage 3

 

stage 4

 
 

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DAY 83


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

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DAY 83

 

Labradoodles ( Midnight and Daena)
12 x 9″ – 30 x 23 cm approx
Pen and ink with coloured pencil on white heavyweight cartridge paper
£50 plus P&P

23rd July, 2011

 This drawing has had quite a journey. Again, I took progress shots through the ink drawing process, showing the stage by stage build up of the hair (curl upon curl!!) this drawing stage took about 5 hours to describe all of the immense amount of detail. These two lovely dogs are half poodle, half labrador, hence the tight curl to their coat. They are fantastic dogs with lovely temperaments and a fun, energetic outlook on life……
 
I almost left the drawing as a pure pen and ink, but after a few hours of looking and contemplation, the coloured pencils came out to add a softer dimension to their coats and a splash of colour into their eyes….
 

Completed pen and ink

 

doodle 1

 

doodle 2

 

doodle 3

 

doodle 4

 
 I really enjoy the steady process of simply just drawing with the pen….. although I have battled with the detail today, having to look really hard to see what I needed to translate into pen marks, I’ve also been playing some loud tunes in the studio all afternoon, making this drawing go with a swing…….
(Thanks to Ellie Golding, PJ Harvey, Kate Rusby and Faithless for aiding my concentration!)
 
 

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DAY 82


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 82

 

The Appaloosa
4 x 6″ – 10 x 15 cm approx
wide cream mount
Black Derwent Studio pencil on paper
S O L D

22nd July, 2011

 
 I’ve been busy tonight with some design ideas for NEDS.. (Newman Embroidery Design Solutions). I’ve been contacted regards using some of my paintings to digitise into embroidered motifs… something which I have never done before. The last time I did design work was at A level some 25 yrs ago! I produced 2 ink drawings and one pencil of the same subject, I’m yet to find out which style is the nearest that they can use…
 
 
 
 

 

Last week I also designed a logo featuring our fat little one, Shelby Shortlegs….. The junior artist is most taken with her pony featuring in my artwork!

So it’s really an off kilter learning curve tonight…… I can’t wait to see one of my designs being worn! It seems really different to seeing one of my paintings hanging on a wall…..

My last bit of design work is still a work-in-progress…. tell me what you think please?….

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DAY 81


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 81

 

DAY 81
Ready and Waiting (Badsworth and Bramham Moor hounds)
6 x 12″ – 15 x 30cm approx
Coloured pencil on paper
available – £45

21st July, 2011

 
The pencils came out again today… I have gained another child for a week, and to be seen with my painting kit out by TWO junior artists would have been artistic suicide!!! Not to mention the cleaning….
 
I’ve really enjoyed working on coloured paper- the first time I have used anything other than plain bog-standard white….. I fancy trying some black paper next to see how I can build up lighter areas of colour…..
 
 
I’ve used this reference photo before, for my DAY 21 piece, above,  the photo was taken at Badsworth and Bramham Moor’s meet at Frickley earlier this year…. I was unwell and only managed a walk around the lawn, but still came home with over 100 reference pics!!
 
 

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DAY 80


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 80

 

Big Cat

6 x 6″ – 15 x 15 cm approx

pen and ink with coloured pencil on paper

S O L D

20th July, 2011

 
I suppose this was a challenge rather than an ask….. A good friend requested that I tried to draw/paint a white tiger… I thought ‘yikes!!’…. this is the end result!
 
I have used a fine black art pen for the detail, then added subtle colour with my Derwent pencils… it has been a stop-start sort of day, busy helping mum with visitors and even had chance to take my old ginger mare out for a spin (my health has been poor for 3 months and I’ve been unable to get out with her, so she had a little bounce in her stride…! ) and this drawing was broken up into 4 small sessions, but I’m pleased with the result! I love the ink pen… it’s like doodling on cast off paper while on the telephone, but with more intent!
 
At this rate, it will be 100 drawings in 100 days, however much I enjoyed painting baby Ned last night, drawing is second nature to me… I find it relaxing rather than challenging, so I must need to look harder and draw with more definition and confidence ( we all know you have to suffer for your art!!..) 
 

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Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
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DAY 79


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 79

 

DAY 79
Baby Ned
16 x 20″ – 40 x 50 cm approx
Acrylic on canvas panel
one of the beautiful moments of motherhood….. sigh…..
S O L D

19th July, 2011

 
I was asked almost a year ago now, to paint a picture for a good friend, Caroline Fishpool, mother to 4 very beautiful children Emily, Jack, Tom and her latest Ned……..
 
The photos that she provided were taken in semi darkness of Ned having a nightime feed. Caroline is very involved with the NCT and Breatfeeding Support Groups, and has often been a rock for new mothers experiencing the turbulent sea of motherhood for the first time….. 
 
Yesterday I found my .jpeg photos of Baby Ned, and thought that I’d better get on with the painting before Ned was nearing his teenage years… So today was a very maternal day, the junior artist joined me in the studio, painting her own smaller version of my large canvas. I got that lovely butterflies in belly swimmy feeling that I get when holding a newborn as the painting evolved from being brush on canvas into my real memories of holding a squirming baby Ned…..
 
 
scale shot…… He’s about 5 times life size
 
I can’t wait to see this hanging in her home…..
 
Ned’s mum is delighted…. I think she’d given up on me remembering and producing something!!!!
 
 

 

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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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Thank you for following my progress on this creative journey,
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DAY 78


100 paintings in 100 days for under £100

PERSONAL CHALLENGE 

 

DAY 78

 

Phoebe

8 x 10″ – 20 x 25.5cm approx
Coloured pencil on heavy cartridge paper
Reserved until further notice 

18th July, 2011

 
This is a secret…. shhhhhh…… a special birthday present for someone who does not do the internet (or so we hope…. the last time I said that I was caught out within an hour..)
 
Little Phoebe is almost white, so the drawing is quite minimalist with the white of the bare paper giving her coat colour. I love the quietness of this drawing.. and of course her liquid brown eyes…….
 

stage 1

 

stage 2

 

stage 3

 

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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.
 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……..