Sunday, March 29, 2009

Passion for Painting Award

I have been awarded the "Passion for Painting" award by wonderful artist, Carol Buck. Thank you so much, Carol. I am truly honoured!

My Favourite Seven Artists

1. Linda Shantz
2. William Hawkins
3. Neil Hollingsworth
4. Sandy Byers
5. Diane Whitehead
6. Kerry Nelson
7. Colette Theriault

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Horse Whisperer Meets the Dark Knight

Dark Whisper

This week's homework was to create a drawing inspired by literature, music, film, etc., and to combine materials and techniques. We were also to mix realism with fantasy. Like usual, it took most of the week for me to visualize what I wanted to do. Rolling around in my mind from the get-go was The Horse Whisperer movie and the Batman: Dark Knight soundtrack. With those in mind that I created the first drawing "Dark Whisper" on black pastel paper using conte pencils and white charcoal. I wanted to give a "dark" feel of a powerful, wild horse reflected against the moonlight.

Eye of the Whisperer

The next drawing "Eye of the Whisperer" flashed in my mind when I was killing time watching movie trailers on the 'net. I used heavy acrylic paper for this one along with technical pen, conte pencil and charcoal, and my favourite technique - stippling. I wanted to make the eye strong with the stippling, stylize the lid, then make the eyelid folds and creases subtle with the charcoal. I added just a touch of colour to the horses with a conte pencil.

Monday, March 2, 2009

We All Start Somewhere

Over in one of the art forums I frequent, someone asked for a show of "ourselves through the years" as artists. I had a lot of fun going through my old art books, school books and stray pieces of paper. I consider myself pretty fortunate that my Mom saved a binder full of my grade one school work - and that is where I found my earliest drawings.

I have been obsessed with horses longer than I can remember, and going through that old binder and a few grade two school books I had to laugh - there were horses drawn everywhere I could find white space. So yes, I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and I've been drawing horses just as long. I also found a long forgotten illustrated story I wrote when I was in grade two or three called "The Magic Horse". Ah, the treasures you find searching through old trunks.

So without any further adieu, I present to you a couple humble beginnings...

Circa 1972 - Six years old - Grade one school work

Circa 1978 - 12 years old - head study

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Breed a Week Project #8

Wild Gypsy 8" x 10" - Available

Week 8 in the Breed a Week Project is the Gypsy Vanner.

There is no direct written history detailing the origins of the Gypsy Vanner horse, but it is thought they descend from Clydesdales, Shires, Friesian's, and Dales Pony ancestry. They were developed by the nomadic Romani people of Eastern Europe and used to pull their ornate covered wagons called Vardos (Gypsies) in caravans. These horses were a great symbol of pride, strength, and honor among the gypsies. They were often the highest regarding possession among the gypsy people. Great care went into the development of the Gypsy Vanner. Further knowledge of the breed’s ancestry was lost as the gypsies rarely kept written pedigrees of their horses, and very few ever shared their knowledge with "outsiders." As civilizations and technology began to change in Europe these fabled horses began dwindling in numbers as fewer and fewer gypsies led their nomadic lifestyle. Several small groups of people began taking notice in the gypsy horses and began to form breeding programs and small local registries in an effort to preserve the breed. They were not recognized as a breed until the late twentieth century, and early twenty first century.

This one is an 8" x 10" using Faber-Castell graphite pencils. I used a 4B for the horse and his shadow, then a 2H for the rest of the grass. Then I used a tortillion to blend the top half or so of the grass to give the horizon and depth affect.