Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Two more Hamlets

This one is a commission that was complete.

And this one will be for sale at the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo for a discount of £45. After the event, he will be £50.

I would love to paint more to sell at the UHH but I am up to my eyes with other work and commitments... And I will no longer be able to take on further commissions which saddens me further but there isn't much I can do about it. I guess I will just have to wait and see other artists bring him to life!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tip Tuesday - Dappling Techniques

Dapples can be difficult to achieve when painting model horses. This tip Tuesday should help you in whatever medium you are using to achieve a nice effect.

People tend to draw on dapples with small paintbrushes when it comes to pastelling. The use of an eraser also helps to clean the dapples up and make them more obvious. This is all done when the pastel dust is being applied. Once you are happy with how they look, you then seal the layer. The good thing about pastels is that if your dapple layer goes wrong, you could wash it off and it still leaves the layer underneath ok!

Acrylics – Airbrushing
This is my biggest strength. I tend to put my airbrush compressor on a lower pressure when doing dapples, and I have a dual action airbrush to help control the air flow and paint that comes out too. I then use a hovering technique where I hover and remain in one place on the horse’s body for a small period of time for the paint to come out and then move quickly to another area. I do this until the horse’s body Is covered in dapples. I also sometimes go over the body in other colours like normal to make the dapples blend in more. I have this youtube video that I made on how to paint a dapple grey.

Click Here for the Video

To handpaint dapples, although I haven’t got much experience with this technique, the dapples are simply handpainted on and once dry, continue as normal with the next layer of paint over the body to help blend them in. You may need more than one layer of dapples, and this applies to all of the different painting techniques. This exact same technique applies for oil paints as well as acrylics, only with oil paints you have much more time before the paint dries and there is less room for error unlike the acrylics.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

What I will be bringing to the UHH!

This blog post is a list of all of the things I will be bringing with me to the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo! I will be there with my own stall as Meadowview Artistry on the Saturday so if you are around then do come along and say hello.

I will have castings of clean unpainted Bailadito castings with me and they will be offered at a discount price of £30 instead of the usual price of £35 as on my website.

I will have some painted examples with me too, of which a few will also be for sale. These include the recent dapple grey I completed,

and this unicorn.

And, of course, my newest sculpture Hamlet will also be at the UHH for people to purchase, again at a discounted price of £30 as opposed to £35.

I will be painting some copies of Hamlet up over the next couple of days, some will be commissions on display at the event and others will be painted in other colours and displayed for sale.

If you wish to purchase a Bailadito and a Hamlet at the UHH event, you can get a further £10 and have them both for just £50!

Custom repaints
I will have a great deal of repainted model horses for sale at the event too, including this fleabitten grey FAM,

this Schleich friesian I newly completed to a cob,

this CollectA Dartmoor I painted to a bukskin,

and many more... I will be a wash with models that need new homes next weekend!

Time to go and get more Bailaditos and Hamlets prepped up!


Saturday, 24 August 2013

Hamlet - castings in hand and ready to ship!

Hamlet made his wonderful appearance 20 times over on Tuesday this week when I got in from work - yep, 20 castings made their way through my front door and it is such a lovely feeling to know that just over half of them are already claimed! I want to paint a couple up for the UHH but I do not think this is realistic anymore, however I have some to paint over the next couple of days so lets just see how it all pans out.

I took some unpainted photos of them, albeit they aren't very good and I need to get more!

I finished the first ever painted Hamlet piece this morning as I sealed and glossed him. He is a commission, and it is funny because a load of commissined Hamlets I have to paint are all bays too! Luckily they are all different shades and markings, and a couple have dapples so it won't be repetitive work. I like all of my pieces to have subtle differences anyway, I never paint the same colour exactly twice. I also find this unique in the sense that my art is OOAK no matter what I do, and it is not mass produced in quantity (apart from the castings of my sculptures, of course, aha!)

This is the first painted piece, I hope the owner likes him.

I am still debating what colour I want my copy to be. I am also going to start making a hairy one too but I will wait for the UHH and everything to properly blow over first. I have too much to think about and shouldn't add to the list!

Right, time to toddle off and sort out my UHH show entries! A kind hobbyist has said they can show some horses for me and I am SO happy about that!


Evie - Dancing Daisy UHH Foal by Kelly Sealey

Long time no speak!

I finished my first summer placement and jetted straight off to Spain for holiday - twice! I went to the South of the country and then I went to Tenerife with some friends and had an amazing time. However, I came back late last Sunday and got thrown straight into an 8-hour job, a new summer placement. This means I have had no time to update anyone or anything on new things that have been happening in the studio! So more blog posts shall follow over the next few days or so.

The first thing I want to share though is the beautiful Dancing Daisy resin that was sculpted by the very talented UK artist Kelly Sealey for the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo, which is next weekend! Can you believe it?! I have pretty much finished preparing for my workshop although need to completely finish typing up the main points I want to say in the talk... I am very nervous but excited at the same time.

Without further interruption, though, I present Evie, a bay tobiano filly.

I am very pleased with the colour choice I selected for her, and I think I pulled it off really well, it really makes her pop! She is such a wonderful sculpture too and if you are wondering about getting her, just get her! You will definitely not be disappointed. Kelly really has done such a stunning job.

And her face, it just squeals character!

If all goes to plan then she will make her showing debut next week. I am thinking pintabian, perhaps? I am terrible with breeds though and she is a foal so it makes it harder for me, so if anyone has any ideas feel free to give me a shout!

And Kelly, I hope you like her as much as do! I had such fun bringing her to life. Thank you SO much for letting me paint a copy!


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Two Bailadito Models

I completed these two Bailadito resins for the UHH. Both are for sale and can be picked up at the festival on the Saturday too.

The first one is a dapple grey, the colour really suits the model!

The other Bailadito I painted is a fantasy one.

I want to do a pegasus now!

I have a couple more customs coming up on my little sculpture too that I can't wait to get cracking on with and show you!


Saturday, 10 August 2013

Guest Artist

I am thrilled to announce that I am the fifth guest artist for Kelly's beautifully sculpted foal Dancing Daisy for the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo. I have to do her whites more and details, and then once her base is painted she will be done. Her debut will be at the UHH.

I have many other horses and medallions to paint and it feels good to be back in the studio after a month! I shall be spending a great deal of time there tomorrow.


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tip Tuesday - Pastelling

This is the first Tip Tuesday post of a series of blog posts, all about customising! I hope to post these on most Tuesdays that I can, give or take a week or two, and hopefully they will really help out people who are getting into customising and repainting model horses or if they are stuck on certain techniques. This first tip is about pastelling!

Pastelling - from light to dark
The best advice I can give to anyone that is pastel painting their model horses is this; always start off with the lightest colours on the horse and work from light to dark. It is near-on impossible to start off with the darker, black colours and work lighter from there to the pale sandy colours. This is due to the nature of pastels and the art of pastelling, where the colours need to be built up slowly and in multiple layers to achieve the desired colour and effect.

That is the brilliant thing about pastels, you can cleverly control the shading you want for the best tones and highlighting and it also means that the different shades of colours you can produce is limitless.

The horse below, my Serenade resin, I painted back in 2009 in pastels. This horse is quite a solid chestnut so it is hard to see where I started to add in shading, however these pictures do perfectly represent what I mean by when I say to start off with the pale yellows and work downwards through your earthy tones. Even if you don’t end up using the first couple of layers to be visible on your model in the final finishwork, each layer is as important as the next! Missing or skipping layers can cause graininess or not a full, rich and deep colour.

The finished horse (who is actually currently for sale!)

I hope people will find this feature useful! If you want more tips and you are currently not following my blog, please do so, as then it will mean that you will have easier access to them!

Until next time!


Saturday, 3 August 2013

Holiday Work

I know I am meant to be on holiday, but I can't help but make a start on my workshop presentation at the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo at the end of this month!

So much to talk about for this topic... I look forward to it!


Friday, 2 August 2013

First ten Hamlets SOLD!

Thank you SO much everyone for your interest! The first ten Hamlet models have officially SOLD and now his price has gone up to £35 for the remainder of his edition. I have already emailed the casters asking for more copies!! I am very excited about his release and can't wait to get them sent out to everyone and painted up as well.

I am currently at the airport as we speak waiting to go on holiday, although our flight is currently delayed so I have time to update you on Hamlet's status. Apparently there is a heavy band of thunderstorms making its way up across Europe and it is causing a massive problem for flights. Hopefully soon I will be in the sunny south of Spain and soaking up the sun and relaxing by the pool, I can't wait!


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Discounted Hamlet nearly sold out!

I offered ten Hamlets at only £30 and now there are only two left!

Once these two sell, he will go up to £35 per casting for the remainder of the edition.

Thank you so much everyone for such a lovely response!

If you want to order a Hamlet, please click here!

I go on holiday tomorrow to the South of Spain, I can't wait! I finished my first summer placement this evening and I am definitely due a holiday before I return to the UK to start working and painting horses and Hamlets in time for the UHH. I am still waiting for my business cards to arrive but I will be sure to share images when they arrive... :o)