If you are interested in having a picture painted to suit your own needs (or any other artwork such as logos, letter headings etc) Sue will be delighted to discuss this with you.
How does Sue work? Let her explain it herself:
|"If I am painting a horse or any other other animal I always like to see it in the flesh wherever possible. My initial impression of it is vital as it governs everything else I do and I will back this up by taking a series of photographs and making drawings wherever possible (this isn't always practical for example when I am painting horses at speed! However, I still like to make some studies of the head and conformation for reference). Obviously on occasions I am required to produce a work where seeing the subject is not an option and I will assess whether there is sufficient quality reference material for me to work from."|
She can offer work in a variety of media in many sizes. Our price range varies considerably depending upon what your requirements are. Full details are available on request but the following guidelines might be useful:
Pencil Drawings - these are produced in graphite pencil usually on ingres paper which has a soft lined texture. The result is a picture which can convey a wide range of texture from the soft and fluffy (ideal for the coats of cats and dogs for example) to the sharp and clear - essential for showing detail on the face, particularly eyes and nose. It is a medium that is suitable for images of any animal on the blank background of the paper. Our logo is a pencil drawing.
Conté Drawings - much of the above also applies to the conté drawings except that they add the element of colour, albeit natural 'earth' colours only i.e. sepia, chocolate, black, white and ochre. These can be extremely effective but the conté is a softer medium than pencil to work in and therefore it is not possible to achieve extremely fine, sharp detail. However, it is often an ideal media to choose for animal portraits and Sue has used it to good effect for drawings of racehorses in action. An example of this style is this picture 'Best Pal'.
Pen & Ink (with or without watercolour wash) - This is ideal when a drawing is required with a harder or sharp image (usually for reproduction purposes, logos, stationery, headings etc). It can be used with or without a soft watercolour wash and the end result can be monochrome or colour. A 'sepia' finish is very effective (that is brown as in old photographs).
Watercolours - Sue uses what is termed a 'dry brush' technique which is, in effect, drawing in paint. It gives a more defined image than watercolours which rely almost solely on layers of washes produced by a brush 'loaded' with large quantities of paint heavily diluted with paint. She does use washes in background work and to lay on base colours and tones on the animal portrayed but she then works into this with her dry brush technique. It is wonderfully effective in conveying muscle tone, coat texture (whether smooth or coarse) and facial detail. It really helps in portraying an animal's expression and personality. The watercolours are ideal for close-up portraits or any animal studies as well as animals in action, either set on the blank but textured background of the natural watercolour paper or with a natural setting. Have a look at these examples
Oil Paintings - these are painted on stretched canvases and the 'look' of the oil paintings will be familiar to you. Field Galleries' range of cards and prints has, to date, only reproduced Sue's oil paintings. They have a greater density and depth of colour which gives them a richness not found in any other medium (she does not use acrylic paints which she regards as a poor imitation of oils). They also take a considerable time to produce despite being a very fluid medium because in order to achieve a real sense of depth in the pictures she builds them up in a series of layers. The time taken to produce them combined with the high cost of materials is therefore reflected in the price! It is however the most durable of the media mentioned providing the painting is varnished within 6-12 months of completion. Oil paintings are the only finished artworks that do not need to be hung under glass. Have a look at these examples
If you require a picture for a specific date or occasion, it is as well to approach us with as much advance notice as possible although Sue will always try to accommodate clients. The pre-Christmas period is particularly busy and we need plenty of warning of paintings required as Christmas presents!
If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
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