Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Lampeter Stallion Show

Looking forward to Lampeter Stallion Show on the 23rd! First show of the season for my art work. I am working away at the easel to complete another one. Hope to see some of you there, I will be displaying several of my paintings with White Hill Equine. I may be working on a painting "live" there at intervals during the day, depending on the weather, as I will have to work outside the stand as there is not enough space inside I don't think!Thats if I can tear myself away form the ringside! Come and say hello!

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Fabian Perez

Fabian Perez is an artist I have only recently discovered, strangely enough whilst looking for karate related stuff! ( Another thread to my life ) I love the narrative in his work which is reminiscent to me of Jack Vettrianos but not as dark and menacing as some of Jack's lesser known works. His site is well worth taking a look at www.fabianperez.com  

Here is also a link to a You Tube video with some accompanying music. Very good..

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Demise of common sense

Saw this on a forum yesterday, amusing and depressing at the same time! It was published in the London Times in 2009

An Obituary printed in the London Times.........
Interesting, yet sadly rather true.

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
Why the early bird gets the worm;
Life isn't always fair;
andMaybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; by his wife, Discretion; by his daughter, Responsibility; and by his son, Reason.
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Monday, 14 March 2011


I have been itching to paint this gorgeous Section D stallion Taraco Fiasco since his owner Tara Coppins was kind enough to give me permission a while ago! I could restrain myself no more and have immensley enjoyed painting this little 6" x 6" box canvas! Thanks are due to Tara for allowing me to paint this special horse, and he has quite a story to tell! http://www.taraco-stud.co.uk/articleparalysed.htm 
Go to Tara's website http://www.taraco-stud.co.uk/ and have a look, there are also some great photos on there.

I don't think will be my last picture of Fiasco, he is a horse that is very paintable! If you are interested in purchasing this picture please email me! He will shortly be on my "Under £100 " list! But not until I have painted the sides of the canvas..

Friday, 4 March 2011

Welsh Pony and Cob Society AGM

I will be at the Welsh Pony and Cob Society AGM tomorrow in Cardiff to present a painting of Haighmoor Glain to Julie Evans of Haighmoor Stud. This beautiful mare was overall supreme champion at the Royal Wesh Show in Builth in 2010 and the Prince of Wales Cup winner. As such she is also the winner of the painting below. I am always nervous presnting these pictures, so I hope they will like it! This time I have done a head study and included the foal she had at foot at the time who I liked very much who is by Trevallion Hooch.

(Fronarth Victor x Brynithon Magical Lady) 2002
The 2010 George Prince of Wales Cup Winner,
The Tom & Sprightly Perpetual Cup Winner &
The Royal Welsh Supreme In Hand Champion & Cuddy Supreme Qualifier 

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Now for something completly different ..

Have been really busy this last month on commission work.. Hurrah! Usually this is a quiet time of year for commission pieces.
I am working also on new work for the spring - I am reliably informed it is on the way! - I am also working on the piece I present at the WPCS Annual General Meeting every year. This year it is of an outstansding cob mare, Haighmoor Glain who was the Prince of Wales CUp Winner at the Royal Welsh in 2010.  I will post it up here after 5th March so I don't spoil the surprise for Julie Evans of the Haighmoor Stud!
Now for something completly different as they say! This is a painting I am working on at the moment of a fallow deer on a 6" x 6" box canvas. It will be one of my "Under 100" when it is complete. 
Completely different because I have never attempted a deer before. I am not sure what I am doing with the background yet, possibly an outline of trees.. Once the underpainting is dry I will crack on. I love the way this deer was very bold but at the same time you could see in its eye it was constantly wary and alert and vunerable, I want to try and capture that look in this exercise. I will repost the completed painting soon.

Friday, 7 January 2011

New Beginnings..?

Oh my goodness, this really will not do... must try harder... much, much harder... life seems to continue apace and my contributions to my blog look to be at a polar opposite.

I have a busy year lined up as I intend going back "on the road" and exhibiting at various outdoor events such as agricultural and horse shows which is something I have not done since I got pregnant woith Alex about umm,... twelve years ago now! I just put it to one side, and never really got back on the horse so to speak. I definitely feel I lost the confidence to interact with people on a one to one basis about my work at this type of event and I have probably missed out on a lot of opportunities, but that is all in the past and I cannot recapture that lost time.

Don't get me wrong, I have continued to produce my art and I have learned a lot and done a lot, but I think I could have done so much more. I don't want to look back in five years time and be saying the same things over, so I had better get out there and do it! The photo below is of our mountain pony filly Faye, a real cutie and so full of naughtiness! I have already painted two little paintings of her. I am looking forward to watching her grow and develop and hopefully share a little chronicle of her life in paintings on the blog.