Some images from my current Uni project. It's been quite hard to capture the ballet style movements of the stallions without the work being static, but I feel I have loosened up a bit now, and my work seems to be slightly more fluid.
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Duke the Great Dane. I had a call from a lady who had seen my horse paintings in the Flora Lou window and wanted a similar portrait of her dog. I went to meet her and the dog last week, he is such a poppet. It's nice to do something a little different and I hope more work will come from it, but he really is just a small horse.
Three more horses that have gone into the shop this week. The brown horse is a bit of an experiment to see if it sells. I'm quite pleased with it, and it reminds me a bit of George Stubbs' work. The other two white ones are based on the horses of the Spanish Riding School.
I have recently been researching into the Spanish Riding School as a possibility for a future project, and had forgotten how incredible it is to watch. I've never seen it in real life but it's definitely on the 'to do' list. They are great fun to draw and and really defy gravity. This video is a great capture of some of the 'Airs Above the Ground' that the older horses perform.
Monday, 7 June 2010
This research into Stubbs has inspired me to study the horse myself, as I feel one cannot say that they 'love' a particular animal if they do not understand it's inner workings. It has been a real eye-opener, and I am pretty sure that my paintings of horses are improving. It is easier for me now to see how the hind leg would bend, and the muscles contract, making it easier for me to paint.
I am currently preparing my dissertation for which I am studying the anatomical works of George Stubbs, focusing on the horse. It's been so interesting reading about him and his art so far, and I'm confident that it will keep me engrossed for the next 8 months. 'Whistlejacket' is by far one of my most favourite paintings, and at just a shade under life-size, it is a beautiful capture of the chestnut stallion.