Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Pratt’


Samson, a Colourful Journey ~

December 7, 2010

Last summer I met a client who was drawn to my colourful, painterly explorations of the equine form. In our commission interview, she to me said; “I would like something different”. I was of course thrilled to hear this because while I still have a love for carefully rendered realism, the other side of me wants to play, explore and be free with the brush. Finding a balance in the studio is healthy and rejuvenating.

My journey with Karen’s horse Samson started out with a long photo session on a hot day…I’m laughing thinking back to this day because Samson, a PercheronX had more interest in eating and chilling out in the shade than getting his pictures taken.  We persevered, and he finally showed us, what a handsome model he could be.

Samson, Percheron X gelding, London, Ontario, Canada

When I began my studies for his painting,  I happened to grab a dented tube of Cadmium Scarlett at the art store the week before. Dented tubes are 20% off and Cadmium Scarlett is a series 4 pigment ($$$) Score!!!..and no, I did not dent the tube myself 😉 Here I was itching to play with it, and a client who loves colour. I toned a canvas panel Cadmium Yellow Light and focused on a complementary palette of Cadmium Scarlett and Winsor Blue. Two equally powerful complements. When I wanted to lighten the values I moved up the colour wheel on both ends.  My end palette only had six colours plus white. Cadmium Scarlett, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Light and the complements Winsor Blue, French Ultramarine and Ultramarine Violet.  In my head, I envisioned a playground of complements! each colour reverberating against, yet with each other.

Samson Study, Red / Blue, Abstract Colour - 8x10 oil on canvas panel

I felt the painting was successful, as not only did it capture Samson, but the colours were working together to create something with zing and pop…and yes, something different.  Karen gave me the okay and told me ‘Go as BIG and as BOLD as you CAN’ with her final painting…I think I messaged her back, telling her that I loved not all commissions will give you such freedom.

In Progress: Final painting of Samson, 30x40 Oil on Canvas, Gallery depth

and the final result:

Samson, 30x40, Oil on Canvas

I wish you could all see this painting in person. I don’t feel satisfied showing you just a photo of it, it is much warmer in person and the scale and play of colour does not come across just as a picture on the computer. As I write this, he’s towering above me, hanging to dry..almost about to walk off the canvas into my studio. I will miss this painting when it leaves to go home, but feel happy that I was successful in my mission to be as ‘BIG and as BOLD as I can BE!’  🙂

If  you too are an adventuresome client – I have one colour study in this same palette available for purchase, from my ‘rear view’ series: *update* now SOLD, thank you!

Electric Horse, Rear View, 8x10 oil on linen panel


A Paint Horse Named Chief ~

November 26, 2010

Taking a moment on a windy and cold Friday in November to share my latest commission completed in the studio. A handsome paint horse named ‘Chief’. After meeting my subject this summer, I started the painting process  off with an 8×10 oil study of my subject. I was so happy with the study, I decided to have it framed 🙂 This way, I could enjoy the painting hanging in my kitchen until I was completed the final big painting of him…(anyone seeing a trend here??)

8x10 oil study of Chief, framed - SOLD

The study was completed Alla Prima, and had many subtle shifts in colour. My client had a preference for grey tones – so I included variations of greys in the violets, blues and umbers in my palette.  I contrasted these greys with hits of pure colour in the highlights in his shoulder and neck to bring the painting alive.  The final painting I sized up to be 24×30 and used the same palette as the study, but given its size, worked using glazes on his hind end, shoulder and neck. This is the painting after the first day, major shapes blocked in ~

Chief in Progress - 24"x30" oil on canvas

and after 5th session – Glazing completed in the body, just the head & mane to refine:

Chief in Progress ~

These areas came together to complete this painting ~

Painting of a Paint, named Chief - 24x30 oil on canvas

The end result I believe to be quite luminous – just as I had hoped.  🙂

Next to be completed is the BIG abstract painting of Samson – this one is 30×40!! My readers may remember the study of this fine boy went to the HITS Auction in September. Here is the painting after the first session –

Samson in Progress - 30x40 oil on canvas

Stay tuned for the completion of this one in the next couple weeks 🙂

take care & stay warm!!