Hello! It was a busy summer, much of it spent back I spent back in Ontario, Canada. It was great to have more time on this visit to see my old friends and even go to the horse show grounds a
First and most importantly, I have finally completed my first Portfolio book! I am close to celebrating 20 years as an Equine Artist and wanted a way to celebrate this achievement by looking back at the work I have created over these years. The book illustrates my evolution in mediums and growth in style and technique. The work moves from images of paintings created this year, back in time to early oil work. Several of my favourite coloured pencil portraits are at the end of the book, as I made my initial mark in the industry with this medium.
The book is 36 pages with 51 works of art. Hard and Softcover versions are available. Please follow this link to preview and purchase https://www.blurb.com/b/9656883-horses If you are interested in receiving a signed copy of this please contact me directly. I would love to get you one!
Next to share is a progression with my oil and cold wax works. I’ve continued exploring this medium over the summer months since my last workshop I shared back in June. I am finding great enjoyment in using an intuitive process for the end results. It is a medium that does not want to be controlled in every way. It is forcing me to throw caution to the wind, play and experiment, often with unexpected results.
Knowing the equine form well, I am able to manipulate and abstract it in a way that still feels correct, yet expanded upon. Cold wax medium gives a feeling of texture and depth with every layer that is added. The end result tells a story of much more than it appears on the surface or that I’m able to express in a photo on the internet. You just have to see one in person 🙂 These works are all reasonably priced at one for $75, two for $65 or buy the series of all five for $50 each (+S & H) on my Daily Paintworks sale site here: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/jennifer-pratt-6721
Lastly I’d like to share a couple new models that I will be working with over the winter months. Chelsea (above) is a thoroughbred mare I met a couple years back at a farm here in Oregon. I will admit to having a mare crush then as I found myself so attracted to her elegant lines and light tan points in her dapples. I have some ideas for fusing the work I’ve been doing in cold wax with a classic palette. So far, the studies I have done of her have fallen off the brush to canvas. Always a great feeling when I feel connected to the subject matter. Chelsea is in foal to Carbardino and I cannot wait to see her with foal next year.
Next, there is my friend’s stunning Irish Draught Stallion, Amhrán. He has a glorious red bay coat and long flowing locks. I was able to meet him in person at his first day boarded at a new facility. His owners turned him out into his paddock and as a result of being introduced to new sights and sounds, I was able to study and photograph him alert and interested in exploring his surroundings. I have great material of him to work with. So onward into winter in the studio. Thank you for reading! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!