Let’s Reminisce…

January 27, 2009
'Illusion' - 16x20 Coloured Pencil on Canson

‘Illusion’ – 16×20 Coloured Pencil on Canson

I’m delving into a new world.  While change is good, you are always bound confuse a few people who were used to how things were done. Some of you follow my blog to see what I have been known to do since I entered the professional world of Equine Art; detailed and luminous coloured pencil illustrations of the equine subject. Things are changing here, I am growing, this is a good thing! For the next six months at least, I am only going to be working in oil media….who knows, maybe I will never go back to coloured pencil…??

Gitana, 16x16 coloured pencil and pastel

Gitana, 16×16 coloured pencil and pastel

There is a few reasons behind the media shift. Please let me explain to the best of my ability:

1. Expression :  I get very detailed with Coloured Pencil, there is so much freedom with painting..even if you are doing a detailed rendition. I can put a little bit more of my own personality in oil, by using colour and varied brush strokes.

2. Pain : It hurts!  My layering process in Coloured Pencil portraits take hours, hours and more hours to complete. A degenerative disk in my neck leaves me in constant pain from being hunched over a drafting table for hours on end. I’m 34 (okay turning 35 next month) too young to hurt this much.

3. Boredom : There were days I couldn’t wait to draw. I don’t anymore. I want to paint. Period.

I hope I’m not being too blunt, but I don’t know how else to say it. If it weren’t for the years of coloured pencil I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am thankful for this time and thank you for getting me here.

I have limited training in Oil media. Am I scared to embark on this journey? Slightly, but with that fear and inexperience comes a certain naivety I think can be refreshing. I have thought about travelling to workshops to learn all I can to paint, and don’t get me wrong, I think I will one day. But right now, this is a solitary process.  I don’t want to paint like the next guy.


Leo, 16×20 Coloured Pencil and Oil Pastel

Great artists have a noticeable style and personality in their work. Something unique. I like to experiment, alot. Sometimes things look great, sometimes I chalk it up to…’okay, that does not work!’ . But I hope after this, I end up with something different, something new, something “Jenn Pratt”

Ring Ready, 8x10 Coloured Pencil

Ring Ready, 8×10 Coloured Pencil

So let’s take get back to the original purpose of this post. To reflect on my previous works, some of my favorite coloured pencil works I have done over the years. If you have a glass of wine, let us toast..’To new beginnings!’

Chestnut Eye - 6x6 coloured pencil

Chestnut Eye – 6×6 coloured pencil


  1. I for one will miss your beautiful coloured pencil drawings but can totally understand your reasons for moving on. I have been thinking more and more about doing more painting myself – mainly due to the hours apon hours it takes to complete a portrait in coloured pencil (becoming impatient I think:)) – no doubt your paintings will give me that much needed push:)

    Here’s to new beginnings and I’ll enjoy following your progress.

  2. Jenn,

    Your colored pencil work is gorgeous but I also am excited to see where this new beginning takes you! Best wishes in your new explorations!

  3. thank you Sue and Laura, I am excited too. I still get sastifaction from finishing off a cp drawing, (when it is actually done..finished..and sprayed..awaiting pick up..you get the idea, LOL) but my patience during the process is waining…and paining!, I am so ready to move on.

    I can see the paintings in my head, I just have to get them out.

  4. I also just wanted to add, I am very blessed right now to have clients trusting me with my limited oil portfolio, willing to take the plunge with me with their commissions. I won’t let you guys down..promise

  5. Jenn,
    good post & stunning CP work.
    You have a vision of where you want to go and you have the passion burning.
    Feel the fear and go. I am in no doubt you will get there and much sooner than you think:)
    I fully understand your reasons and the pain: my neck also hurts from the intensity of working with pencils.
    To new beginnings: cheers!

  6. Your artwork just blows me away. You can see the love there!

  7. I LOVE your work and have an award on my blog for you, please check it out when you have time.

  8. Jenn, good luck with your new venture in oils, your colored pencil work is so stunning the horses just leap off the paper at you, takes my breath away!
    I have a glass of orange juice in my hand, will that do for a toast to your success? 🙂

  9. your work is gorgeous! good luck in your new venture!

  10. I just found your site the other day and I am so impressed with how you can create these stunning paintings with colored pencil. I have always painted with acrylics or oils, when I have the time. I’ve tried colored pencils, but I just don’t know how you do it! I definately don’t have the patience! Anyway, I love your work and I hope that someday I can come even a little close to being that good!

  11. I was just looking at Leo, what a spectacular job you did depicting that horse. It still makes the hair on my neck stand up. I miss him & i love looking at that picture & could never get tired of it. 🙂

  12. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

  13. […] decided in the new year, to put pencils aside and delve fully and committed to learning oil media. (link to ‘Let’s Reminisce’ blog post) Things are going well, I feel I am making better decisions regarding my palette, colour mixing, […]

  14. Hi! The internet is a fantastic place! Out looking for pictures of a hannoveraner mare named Gitana I found not only a most wonderful picture of her?? but a whole gallery of the most uncredible paintings of horses!!
    The Gitana I am looking for is after Godewind -Primadonna-Praefectus xx. We have just bought her daughter Shakira from Germany/Holland. But I know that a lot of Godewind-offspring has been exported overseas and the Gitana on the painting is looking very much like Shakira. Please let me know more about “your” Gitana. Sincerely Yours Kicki Rosendahl, Fagersta, Sweden

    • Kicki! thank you so much for your comment. This ‘Gitana’ that I was commissioned to paint four years ago, was by the Hanoverian Goldshlager (Gotthard-Lasso-Goldfisch II) Goldschlager was an imported stallion that was popular in Canadian breeding. Both Godewind and Goldschlager have Gotthard in their lines, so perhaps this is where the likeness is?? This mare Gitana was owned and ridden by jumper rider Lisa Wiley now residing in Ocala Florida.

      Best wishes with your new horse, send a pic along and I can see how close they look alike – I’m interested to see! jennifer@jennpratt.com

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