The first weekend in May was the date set for the "Expressive Horse Painting" workshop in my studio. This boutique workshop was designed to be small with only five students present so that I had time to spend with each person and therefore lots of personal attention. The weekend kicked off with a casual 'drinks and nibbles' on Friday night so that the travelling students could get acquainted, relax and have a few laughs before beginning work the next morning. Everyone had the two images drawn up on their canvas so that we could utilize the time on painting. Saturday morning began with an introduction of the materials I use and process in completing painting from start to finish. I also discussed using photographs for reference and the anatomy of horses. I also spent some time mixing colours and chatting about the effects of light on the subjects and the resulting highlights and shadows. Our first piece was a chestnut horse in profile, a nice pose that was easy to paint but required getting the coat to look shiny and to attain an alert, intense expression on the horse's face. Sunday saw us tackle a paint youngster walking towards the viewer in lovely light. The challenge here was to capture the colour range in the horse's coat in light and shadow. All students did extremely well and put in full effort with pleasing results. All in all, a very successful weekend with all students wanting to return to attend a future workshop.
Here are my two studies at 6" x 8".