Quiet but still here sktchy30 challenge

Hi all, I am sorry I have been so quiet lately, although I have been very busy with work, I have managed to keep up with some painting each day, infact I have just completed my first ever painting challenge sktchy30….. An email prompt was sent each morning to participating artists, and I am so pleased to have completed each by the midnight deadline, fitting around horses and work was tough but achieving this was a great boost to myself 😀. Here is a montage of the full months work, the pictures can be seen in my pages, ie horses, people, if you wish to see in more detail.imageimageimageimage

Just got back from a beautiful bluebell sponsored ride in Dorset, ponies were superstars, and the rain held back for us. …..now what to paint tonight?

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I stumbled upon this delightfully handsome chap on Facebook. Archie belongs to my friend Fran. I was messing about with back ground effects, and decided to add Archie to the splodges of paint, it started off as a practice/play, so I had only used my cheaper paper, after starting in ink I then added some watercolour. I was quite pleased how my play time had turned out….why does it happen that way, maybe I should alway use the good stuff? I have now sent Archie to his mum, especially as she will be getting married so very soon, a small gift to cherish, I am sure he will look great framed.

'Archie'31.5x24 cm coldpress  ink and watercolour

‘Archie’31.5×24 cm coldpress ink and watercolour

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Horsing around

I have not been painting much the last couple of weeks, as I have recently started a new job. I have been riding between the rainy days during my spare moments. Hopefully once I have settled into my new routine I will get back to painting properly, for now here is some of my horsing around, when I am not on horse back!

'Damask' 14x10" 140lb coldpress polychromos and watercolour

‘Damask’ 14×10″ 140lb coldpress polychromos and watercolour

'frisky' 12x14cm ink and wash, quick small painting

‘frisky’ 12x14cm ink and wash, quick small painting

'Shadows' 12x14cm ink and wash, quick small painting

‘Shadows’ 12x14cm ink and wash, quick small painting

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‘Meandering in the meadow’ pheasant art

I have been working on this large piece over the last week, between riding and work I decided it was eventually finished. I started the pheasant in polychromos ( now I wish I hadn’t, as it was not how I had originally planned) I finished the rest in watercolour. Although it was not to plan I am happy with him, the look has way too much detail to my original thought, so I will try again for my intended look very soon in the future. This is one of my larger watercolours at 65cm x50cm which I hope will fit in a frame I have ….if I measured correctly? Hopefully he will hang on my friends stall at Molly’s den, if the colours complement the upholstery they have at the moment that will be a bonus.


‘Meandering in the meadow’ polychromos and watercolour 300lb coldpress 65×50 cm

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Eden Bee’portrait watercolour and polychromos

This is a quick post today, but I wanted to share this portrait of Eden Bee, taken from her reference photo on sktchy app. Watercolour and polychromos on 200lb coldpress 30x40cm


‘Eden Bee’ sktchy app reference photo, 30x40cm 200lb coldpress watercolour and polychromos

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3 a me goes…portrait

This was so much fun to create. ‘3 a me goes’ is from reference photos courtesy of sktchy app, in particular I would like to thank Elizabeth Lapsley, the creator and model of the portrait reference. It took a while for me to finish this one, as I seem to flit from one painting to the next, eventually last night I set to completing it. It is 30×40 cm 200lb coldpress, using watercolour, ink and polychromos pencils, I hope you can see how much fun this was 😀.


‘3 a me goes’ 30x40cm 200lb coldpress. Watercolour, ink and polychromos pencils with thank Elizabeth Lapsley sktchy app reference photo

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‘My tea time’, combined watercolour and coloured pencil horse

I have quite a few paintings left in a pile, they are my ‘gone wrong’ paintings, or is it that they didn’t go to plan? Either way, they are rejected….but maybe only for a few days. I really don’t like trashing these said painting, mainly because the cost of watercolour paper makes me want to recycle in some way. I have been known to wash the paint right off under the sink, this may leave a residue on the paper, but once dry, it does suit some paintings that follow this act. Sometimes I simply turn the paper over, and start a fresh. Lastly, and my preferred option, I see which other medium I can add, completely changing my intended look. My usual choice is ink, but in this instance my watercolour horse needed a softer more detailed tool to improve My mistakes. I pulled out some of my coloured pencils, polychromos-I have not used pencils in ages, they used to be my first go to medium. I really felt pleased that they helped me pull this horse back to something I was satisfied with. I am still not completely happy, but ‘My tea time’ is saved from the bin.


‘My tea time’ watercolour and polychromos 140lb coldpress 12×9″

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