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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Some final changes to Homeward Bound.

I wasn't really happy with Brian's wetgear. I didn't have any photos of the wetgear lit with similar light as the rest of the painting - it was an overcast day when I took the original photos.
 Making up lighting on clothing rarely works as well as having decent reference photos so I had some photos of me taken in my similar coloured wetgear to help..I also added some trim on the jacket - a line of colour that I had deliberately left out in the earlier but I feel that helps too.
 I'm much happier with it now as the lighting is more consistent.
 The colours of the painting shouldn't have changed ( other than his wetgear) so any difference there is just from the photos..

The finished portrait with wetgear adjusted.

Above - Th earlier version - it's hard to tell just looking at photos but in the latest version I have added more light colour where the sun is hitting the RHS of his wetgear + a stripe across his jacket.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The portrait group I paint with recently had their annual Exhibition . Here are photos of the opening night.

 I'm with the portrait I created for the exhibition - Homeward bound.
Below is my entry in the practise portrait section.
We had to pick one of our favourite 2.30hr portraits. I don't finish any of them off at home where as some other artist to. Mine is the LHS one. These sessions are where I play around with colour! This one was created back in 2012.

 We all had to do one 30 x 30cms square of a larger portrait and it was combined in this large mosaic .My bit is the hair above the lady walking - the stripey panel.

The idea was that each artist would find a Newcastle subject of 'note' and paint their portrait. You had to have one live session and then finish it from photos. Like a Newcastle version of the Archibald Art Prize!
Here is John with his portrait. The Novatone's barber shop singers sang at the opening and John is a member of that group as well.
 Some other entries - There are a wide variety of styles amongst us!

 The one above by Cliff had a background of very small photos of Lake Macquarie.
 The person runs Disability sailing on the Lake.

 Pam with her portrait.

 Unfortunately it is very hard to get a decent photo of paintings under glass as reflections obscure them. some were very good. I love both of these.

 Bob's portrait of Warren Smith - Lifeguard and Surfest organiser.
Bob created 2 portraits of Warren - even more amazing was that one was done left handed as his shoulder needed an operation.

 Bob Fussell from Fussell Marine Warner's Bay - accomplished dinghy sailor. Painted by his wife Kath. There were 3 sailing themed portraits including mine.

 Judith with her amazing portrait.

 Kay's portrait of Judy Stone the singer. It was in a bad location and backlit and it was very hard to get a decent photo of it. I didn't have enough time or space to create such a large portrait!
More 2.30hr practise portraits

 Lee Anne with her portrait.
Bob with Warren Smith and his portrait of Warren.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some of the 2.30hr practise portraits I've painted from a model in the last few years.

Here are some of my Monday 2.30hr practise portraits from models.
I had to select one for the exhibition and wanted to pick more. I noticed a few artist had more than one up I wish I'd known!
I really like them - they are colourful and alive even if unfinished! Here I am standing on a stool looking down at them on the studio floor - the only way you can see them all!

 I really like my blue lady in this lot.
 This is the first stage where I get a likeness.I generally I go over these with Oil in  colours but I liked her so much I decided to leave her as is..
The ones near her are a bit rolled up as I ran out of room on the floor and they are curled up against a table.


I faced my fears and won!

I'm stoked. I faced my fears today and took Zeuss for a trailride and his first gallop for years..
I've been getting a bit bored with arena work ( need a lesson) but haven't felt game enough to trailride.
I gave him his first ride in about 2 weeks today. I had to get a bit forceful on the lunge to stop him dropping back into a trot. I don't know if I actually hit him with the lungewhip or just got a bit close but we got a bronc act. Luckily he understands enough to cut it out after a few flicks with the lead and then I just go CANTER! again and he's an angel..hehe
He went well in the arena so I decided we'd go out the back gate and explore the bush out there ( conservation area). I'd been too slack to put his hoofboots on so we went bush mainly. He really enjoyed it and so did I. He was really quiet but responsive and I decided to give a gallop a go.
We came out onto a 4wd trail going up a hill. Cripes can he move! Think I'll have to change his name to turbo! lol's. You just think he's at full speed and you get another gear. Scarier than doing over 30kts on a sailboard!
It was only a couple of hundred metres. Usually I just yell whoa! and he props to a stop but the adrenaline was up and it took a small argument to get him to stop.
Don't know who was more surprised at the gallop me or him..Poor bugger was puffing for ages after. At least he didn't have a heart attack on me - at 21 in paddock condition i was worried he might.
Wow I did it! I've been kicking myself for my whoosiness as he's such a great horse to ride and I know if he suddenly goes lame and has to be retired I'll be kicking myself that I didn't use him more when I could.

 These photos are from a trailride back in 2012. We'd just got back into the paddock at the end of the ride. I ride him on a lose rein as well but like to do a bit of schooling while I'm out there. he generally has more go than in the arena. Actually we need to work on go slow at a canter - he is pretty good at fast or slow trot but we don't get enough practise in canter.  He usually needs waking up in the arena!