Originally published 18th September 2018 at www.collectivemarks.blogspot.com - please use this link to sign up for email notifications of further blog posts.
E is for Editorial
When I am not drawing or painting (not been riding much recently due to lack of horse!) then I am most often reading or writing.
‘The Artist’ magazine published two of my articles early in 2018 following a previous demonstration article in 2014, and am currently working on a series of articles on drawing and painting horses and other animals to be published in 2019. Keep following my social media pages for updates. Facebook and @ruthbuchananart on instagram.
The online Art Magazine the ArtistsNetwork commissioned a general drawing article which was published in August 2018 (https://www.artistsnetwork.com), Oh and I have the long-term aim of writing a book . . . Or two . . . Or three!
F is for Framing.
My good friend and mentor, Les Packham used to say that a good painting deserves a good frame and a bad painting needs one! It is true that the framing can make or break a painting. I am lucky to have worked with The Whole Picture Company in Harrogate for many years, having earlier experimented with cheap framing which is just a false economy. Art glass is now affordable and makes a huge difference to the clarity as well as being anti-reflective and UV protective. I use fine art grade lightfast materials and my prints are professionally printed using light fast inks but any pigment will fade over time in direct light.
G is for Great Yorkshire Show.
For the past few years I have been invited to exhibit in the Art Show, a gallery space on Avenue H. The gallery is staffed by the artists so people can also meet and talk to the creatives behind the exhibited artworks. We also get to have arty chats amongst ourselves and I have made some great artist friends through exhibiting at this wonderful opportunity.
We all owe a large debt of thanks to Judy Packham who has organised the Art Show since the start, originally alongside her husband Les.
Encouraged by Les and Judy, I did my first demonstrations at The Great Yorkshire Show and Les was always front and centre to watch, give me feedback and encourage me. Les was a fantastic watercolourist, a wonderful mentor to me and is hugely missed, though I still have his picture watching over me as I paint in my studio. My image (above) shows my 2018 demonstration - a watercolour of a horse's eye. . . painted without reference!
H is for Horse Trials.
I must have a thing about the letter B - I have sketched, painted and exhibited at Horse Trials at Burghley, Badminton, Blenheim, Burgham and Bramham (amongst others not beginning with B!).
The combination of dressage, cross country and showjumping set in beautiful parkland with the backdrop of stunning architecture has made a heady cocktail of inspiration for me for many years and I have shown some of the results of that around the picture of my Bramham Tradestand.
Can you identify any of the horses or venues? No prizes, but feel free to answer in the comments.
Exhibiting is also a wonderful opportunity to meet the people who follow my work and make sales and commission bookings that will provide for me to keep on painting.