Wednesday, April 22, 2009

drawing horses in pastel

There's something about drawing horses in pastel. I'm not sure how to express it, really, except that the pastel requires it be laid down on the paper in a certain way. I find myself thinking in terms of blue shadows and luminous highlights. The pure quality of the pigment is very moving. I feel that immediately I am required to express something of the spirit of the horse. I feel pushed out of my comfort zone. I love it!

palomino portrait in pastel by ophelia keys

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

horse painting video


Here's a sped up horse painting video 

- it's always amazing to see the differences in artists' technique. 

Here's just one technique demonstrated in a really striking realist pastel by Mary Herbet.


Mary's site is at: 

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

inspiration - Alan Lee

I've always found the drawings and paintings of Alan Lee so magical and atmospheric. It was really wonderful to find that he and John Howe had been invited to work on the films of the Lord of The Rings. His use of light is particularly good.
And lovely to get the published Alan Lee sketchbook as a present from my husband!

Monday, April 13, 2009

moonlit horse

The moonlight was so bright over Easter, I braved the cold with the camera to photograph the horses. The ground was absolutely glowing with blue light. There was a bit of surprised snorting at the camera noises, but the horses soon decided it was acceptable.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

inspiration - toulouse-lautrec

grey horse He may be better known for his scenes of seedy Parisian night life, but Toulouse-Lautrec had a remarkable eye for painting horses. It's always worth doing a google image search to find these wonderful pictures. (Or see the real things - even better!)