Wednesday, April 22, 2009
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!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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:http://www.portra.co.uk/
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
And lovely to get the published Alan Lee sketchbook as a present from my husband!
Monday, April 13, 2009
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
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!)