Monday, 15 March 2010
Thursday, 4 February 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Well, I for one am glad it's a new year. 2009 was unfortunately a very bad year for many reasons but I'm already feeling far more positive about 2010. I'm hoping to be able to produce more of my own original paintings this year and get back to exhibiting and am also looking at a couple of 3 day country shows to attend to help promote my work.
In the meantime, I'm glad to say I'm currently busy with commissions and below are a couple that I have recently finished. The first is of Westie, a stunning grey and is a large painting at 24x20". I really enjoy doing different posed paintings like this, it's great to have a change from the usual head portrait.
And this is Cab, a flat coated Retriever from America, yet another handsome boy. This painting was also quite large at 20x16". Unfortunately, I'm having problems sending out paintings at the moment though, I need to send both these paintings via courier but England has had some very unusual snowy weather of late and the lane up to our house is covered in snow and I'm not holding out much hope that a courier will attempt to drive to our house to pick up the paintings so I need to sort something out! Quite what, I haven't yet figured out but I need to find a solution.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Archie was an absolute pleasure to paint. It was a great photo plus he's a very handsome horse. His coat had loads of interesting colours to put in including purples and pinks. You learn to pick up on all these different colours when you've been painting for a while. Also, their surroundings are often reflected in their coats, especially when working on full body paintings and you will be able to pick up on blues on their upper halves from the sky and greens on their undersides if they're stood on grass.
I also had a chance to produce this little donkey painting. I actually started it last year in the hope of making it into Christmas cards as I was going to add a bunch of mistletoe to the card hanging up in the top right hand corner but I never got very far with the painting. It's a small painting for me, canvas size 10x12" and it was great fun to do. Donkeys are so cute and a real favourite of mine so I might try and do some more paintings in the future. I'm also thinking of getting this painting made in to prints so keep an eye on my Limited Edition Prints shop. The original is now available for sale as well so if you're interested, please contact me.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Commissions are finally starting to pick up which is great as it's been a very quiet year with the recession and I had been worrying! Although bizarrely I still haven't had any enquiries about Christmas so I hope people aren't leaving it to the last minute! I also need to work on some of my own equestrian paintings, especially as I have been invited to be part of a permanent exhibition at the Ascot Jockey Club and I currently only have a couple of paintings they can display! I sometimes wish I could paint quicker but then I wouldn't enjoy it so much!
Monday, 14 September 2009
I've also had a couple of one day shows that I've attended recently, the Monmouthshire Show and yesterday I was at the Frampton Country Fair. The Monmouthshire Show was held on a Thursday and although I have as yet not got any commissions from it, it was a really busy day with people constantly in my tradestand tent. I was working on the above commission whilst there and that seemed to attract a lot of people in as well but it still amazes me how much people underestimate how much time and effort we as artists put into our work and how that calculates as to what we need to charge for a painting. Not helped by the recession, I know, but it still amuses and amazes me at the same time.
Frampton Country Fair seemed to be an entirely different type of affair, with not as many visitors and definitely not as many interested in visiting the tradestands. But it's always interesting visiting these shows and working out which ones will be worth attending again the following year plus this year I actually had decent weather for both shows compared to last year's wind and rain! It makes a huge amount of difference to the number of people who turn up at the shows and also it makes a huge amount of difference to your own enjoyment of the experience!!
Monday, 10 August 2009
My next commission is of three Cocker Spaniels and I'm very excited about it as it's a brilliant photo to work from that their owner has produced, plus it's going to be quite a big painting, 24x20". Some people reading this blog may not realise that I have another blog which is my work in progress blog. I don't link to that blog on my website as lots of my commissions are surprise presents so I need to be a bit more sneaky about them, but as my latest commissions aren't surprises, I thought I would mention my other blog. If anyone would like to visit it, you can find it at http://sallylancasterportraitswip.blogspot.com.