Further Adventures of the Artist

Imagine yourself out for lunch with a friend. You look over their shoulder and find one of your own works looking back at you. Recently this is just what happened.

 

Lady Di of Carp was the 3 year old Clydesdale Mare Champion at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1989. Her owner Stan Carruthers of Ottawa decided to have her win recorded with an original portrait. The portrait, in pen & ink + pencil crayon was only half the task. Next a smaller 8” x 10” black & white Ink version was needed styled for letterhead, business cards with a numbered edition of 25. This special image went to his associates in the Clydesdale world.



#23/25 Looking over a booth in Toronto

#23/25 Looking over a booth in Toronto

8” x 10” Lady Di of Carp, Champion Clydesdale Mare RAWF 1989

8” x 10” Lady Di of Carp, Champion Clydesdale Mare RAWF 1989

Discovered, a lost set of portraits

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In 1992 and 1993 Don Watt requested a series of head study portraits of his daughter’s horses. Her early junior hunters and later open jumpers. The images hung at the Watt residence in King Township for many years. Earlier this spring the two works turned up at auction in Brampton. There, they were advertised as “prints” [reproductions]. A Buyer loved the images, purchased both works., as “prints”.

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The Buyer then contacted me to ask about these “prints” [reproductions]. Since I do not do “prints” [reproductions] I was surprised. I immediately offered to examine theme. She had purchased two originals. All these years later the portraits are in exceptionally good condition. Fresh, clean with the reserved whites sparkling.

Growing up, we had two of E M Carr works in our dining room. Every night over dinner I studied them. Through this dinnertime observation Ms Carr taught me colour, to be bold, and to experiment with media, no matter what the subject. Years later the Carr works were sold to a very famous collection. Their new owner allowed me to make this copy of my favourite “Forest Landscape 1913”.

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Miss Carr loved watercolour, preferred it to oil. So do I. Inspired by Miss Carr my egg tempera and pencil crayon works often use her method. In the Watt portraits the background and underpainting is oil thinned to watercolour consistency with spirits. The works are on Museum Board, the feel of 400lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.

Betsy and Whimsy

Betsy 6” x 8” watercolour detail

Betsy 6” x 8” watercolour detail

Betsy is a rescue. She came to live at Absolute Equestrian’s Gracefield as part of the family. She is enthusiastic about her duties as alarm dog.

Betsy was shown the CanAM All Breed Equine Expo April 5, 6 & 7 at the Markham Fair Grounds.

Whimsy 6” x 8” watercolor detail

Whimsy 6” x 8” watercolor detail

Whimsy is a city dog who alternately strolls in the heart of downtown Toronto or country life adventures in the mud with the horses

Betsy & Whimsy are painted in classic transparent watercolour. They come alive using strokes that follow the textures and contours of their coats.

Just Horses

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Ten weeks of drawing horses & riders from life, courtesy of Toronto Police Service's Mounted Unit. We Looked, Saw and Drew the horses and their riders from life.

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

"Making Better Pictures Book One: Just Horses".

“Just Horses” is built on over 50 years of imaging horses and their people plus 30 years of Making Better Pictures workshops with participants of all experience levels.

Artists of all backgrounds are welcome at Just Horses. repeat participants comment that they can “see” themselves seeing more and doing more with each week, each session. This is an inside en plein aire workshop. Your. finished works are created in your studio, at the Horse Palace we sketch or study in pencil or portable water soluble mediums…or an iPad

To participate in an upcoming Just Horses just contact the Studio