Demonstration 7th November 2017
A Runaway Horse called Sebastian - Pencil & Acrylic by Jane Lazenby
Report by Maggie Goodsell
Jane started by telling us a bit about her background and how she likes to work - apparently she usually paints sitting cross legged on the floor!
The subject of the demo was to be a horse called Sebastian, who had decided that he had had enough of performing at a show & took flight. Jane said she was just in the right place to take the photo.
Jane said that normally she would just draw the subject and make alterations as she went. The time constraints of a demo make this impractical so she used trace-down for the image.
Using Derwent Coloursoft pencils on mountboard, Jane started to lay down an underdrawing. She said she keeps turning the pencil to maintain it's point.
Using Atelier Interactive Acrylics, Jane started blocking in the background with a Burnt Umber / Winsor Blue mix ....
... using the same colours on the horse.
Jane working on some highlights
Colour was then added to the horse using mixes of Cobalt, Cerulean & Pacific blues with Magenta & White. Jane said Sebastian doesn't have a deformed mane - it is tied up in braids as he has a very long flowing mane which can get in the way.
Adding more detail & colour in stages
Jane returned to pencil for a bit to tighten up some areas but found the lack of tooth on the mountboard a problem so switched back to acrylics & a finer brush.
Using acrylics, Jane extended the background area.
Jane, the finished painting & the original photo.
An interesting & enjoyable demonstration - Jane's love of horses came through very strongly.
A selection of Jane's paintings. She said that the more detailed ones were commissions, the looser ones were how she likes to paint for herself