Monday, 27 December 2010

Last of the years commissions.

What a year it's been!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my work. The encouragement from everyone has been invaluable.
I've already started planning for next year, with commissions already placed, my first solo exhibition confirmed (dates to follow), open studio event in May, and I am taking part in more shows such as the Fife Show (waiting to hear back from others but will keep this site updated as I hear from them).

So here are the last of the years commissions:

Celtic Spirit (Babe)
Graphite Portrait
  Absolutely stunning mare. I hope I've done her justice! The photos for this were taken in the snow and I like how this is reflected in her eyes.

Two Beautiful Black Labradors
Graphite Sketch
This was an A5 sketch. It was quite a challenge working on such a small scale but I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Graphite Portrait
This was the very last portrait of the year and what a great note to end on.

Charcoal Study
Taking photos of Taz was great fun - he's such a wee poser!

Charcoal Study
The stuff little girls dreams are made of! Busby had the most fantastic mane and the strong wind on the day of photographing him made him look absolutely magical.

I've already started making my New Year resolutions. Most of which are centered around my art.

1 -  I was advised to try '100 paintings in 100 days'. This is pretty self-explanatory but I've decided not to limit myself and will be including drawings too. The sizes, mediums, subject matter can be anything, depending on what attracts me on the day. I'll regularly post them up here (see my next resolution!)

2 - Regularly update the blog with recent works and upcoming events. I've been a little slack with updating the blog this year, but as part of my further commitment to my work I'm going to keep on top of it next year.

There are more, but these'll do for now!
Once again, I'd like to thank everyone for their support. This year really has been life changing for me.

Thank you!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Latest Commissions...

This is Peter (in Acrylic).
He's such a mischievous wee pony with a fantastic mane. It was a horrendously stormy day when I took the reference photos but I think the wind in his mane works well for this commission.

Josh and April, charcoal study. It was great fun to work on two completely different horses in the same drawing, April is so inquisitive and Josh is a very handsome poser, thankfully!!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Equestrian Art Website Is Live!!

I am really pleased to announce that my website is now up and running!!

Hope you like it and I hope it will make viewing my work easier!!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Latest Commissions

June and July...

It's been a while!

I've been clearing out the studio in an attempt to get it ready for making lots of new works. I'm working on the reference material just now with hundreds of new photos and sketch books filling up like crazy. It's a very exciting time.

On the commission front I've just completed two new works. A charcoal study of a stunning horse called Strider.

And a graphite portrait of Doodles, a most beautiful little horse.

In June there was a graphite study of Basil, a chestnut gelding who knows how lovely he is! Graphite studies are quite different from Graphite portraits as they are very 'free' in their approach. Portraits are meticulous, every hair in the correct place, studies are more freehand and expressive.

And this is a charcoal study of Cloud and Mia. I really like the contrast of the two together. It's quite a challenge to have subjects which are so different in scale, but I think this works well.

The only down side is that when I take photographs of my work a LOT of the detail is lost. I must find out how to take better detailed photos...

Sunday, 23 May 2010


Thanks to everyone who visited my stall at the Fife Show yesterday.
With fantastic weather and beautiful horses everywhere, it couldn't have been better!

Here's the link to my facebook page which has all the work that was at the show on display (or will in the next few hours!!).!/pages/Lindsay-Mathers-Equestrian-Art/239356577731
(or you can just do a search for Lindsay Mathers Equestrian Art on facebook)
You don't need to be a member to view the page.

The website should be up and running very soon so you won't need to trail around to see the work.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Things Are Getting Very Exciting!!

I honestly believe that you get out what you put in, and just now I am working like crazy on my art and so much is happening...

Firstly, I will be appearing at The Fife Show this year on Saturday the 22nd of May.
I will have my stall-cum-gallery in the Equestrian section.
I am really looking forward to this but there is so much to do before the day. I must order prints of some of my most popular paintings, make mounts for the drawings and paintings that I have completed recently, try to sort out a deal with a local framer to make it easier for customers to have the paintings they purchase framed professionally....

I am also working on three completely different commissions:

In no particular order....
Firstly a graphite study of a very handsome chestnut called Basil - this is very exciting as it's quite an adventurous piece of work - I hope the client loves it as much as I do!!

Next, I am working on a charcoal drawing of a beautiful horse and gorgeous dog in the same image. They are both so picturesque so it's great fun. Even down to posing for the photos!!

And thirdly, a very detailed Graphite portrait of a much loved and sadly missed Kitty called Shelly. In the preferred photo she has her tongue sticking out - very cute!

These will all be completed by next weekend, if not before. It is really useful to work on more than one commission at once as it keeps each drawing/painting fresh and lively.

The online exhibition is going really well and I so appreciate all the support from everyone.
Here's the link again -

And the charity auction for Blue Stallion -

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Exhibition and Charity Auction

I am taking part in an online exhibition in conjunction with Intelligent Horsemanships charity fundraising. 10% of all sales go to their chosen charity - Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Santuary.

Blue Stallion
Mixed Media on paper

Also there is currently an online auction for 'Blue Stallion' with all proceeds going to Shy Lowen Horse and Pony Sanctuary. Please follow this link -

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Some new works and Online Exhibition

Aura 2

Dylan Study

These are some of the new works which will be on show as part of the Intelligent Horsemanship DG exhibition starting this Monday 29th March .

Also check out my page on facebook - you don't need to be a member to view the work

Skye Blue

Blue Mare

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Latest Commission - Fluke

This is a Charcoal Study of a very handsome bay called Fluke. Another surprise birthday present!

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Processes and Prices

As my website is still not quite ready, I wanted to post some information about the processes and prices for commissions.

Charcoal study : this is a drawing in charcoal. It is maybe best described as a detailed, expressive sketch/study. I can work initially 'live' from your horse/pet and then return to my studio to work from my sketches and photographs (either yours or mine) to produce a final image. Or I can work solely from your own photographs in my studio. I like to have a few photographs from which to work, however, if you have a particular photograph you favour please let me know.

This is a
charcoal study of a Skewbald called Jazz.

Prices for graphite and charcoal studies start at £55 for an A5 drawing.

Graphite Portrait: this is a very detailed drawing of your horse/pet created on Stonehenge paper and using leads.

For these portraits I can work from your photographs. The better and clearer your photograph the better the final drawing will be! Therefore it is important to send me the best photographs that you can. In situations where it is not possible to have multiple photographs, or perhaps your horse/pet has passed on please contact me in the first instance to discuss how to proceed. However, It's very rare that I am unable to work from just the one photograph.
I am also willing to take my own reference photographs to work from - again, get in touch to discuss this option.

The above portrait is a Graphite portrait. The size is approx 22 x 15".

Prices for
Graphite Portraits are from:

A4 (approx 8.5 x 12") - £120,
A3 (Approx 12 x 16.5") -
A2 (approx 16.5 x 24") -

Study in paint: to create a study in paint I can work from your photographs. I also like, where possible, to do my own sketches/ photographs of your horse. The process involved is thus: I study the photographs provided and make many sketches and experiment with different painting methods until I find one particular image and method which I feel really shows the essence of your horse.
I will use charcoal, acrylic paint, oil paint etc to find the perfect medium for your image.

'Bay Stallion' was created using charcoal and oil paint.

'Energy' was created on two individual board panels and I used charcoal, acrylic and oil paint!

For my Studies with Paint I can work on special paper, prepared board or stretched canvas. Prices do vary according to which 'ground' you prefer but the prices below give you an idea for
works completed on special paper.

A4 - from £150
A3 - from £190
A2 -
from £270
A1 - from £430

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Latest Commission Complete

This commission was a surprise 60th birthday present and so I have had to wait until today to put the images up.
It was fantastic to do. I have included some detail shots and progress shots too to explain how the commission evolves....

Generally I try to work left to right to avoid smudging the images. Each image is brought up to the same level and then I start on the details - whiskers, light reflections, stray hairs - the tiny bits that bring the drawing to life!

This is the drawing up stage. 6 individual graphs are drawn up (one for each portrait) as each one is a slightly different size, this takes a wee bit of time.
I actually love the look of the drawing at this stage... maybe my technical side coming through.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Am so close to completing my latest commission - one more day to go I think...
However, as it's a present I am not allowed to put it up until after the 14th.
It's a huge graphite drawing of 6 horses. It's been absolutely fantastic to do as each horse is so completely different. From the texture in their forelocks to the length of their eyelashes! Very challenging and satisfying.

Ah well, I'll just have to wait until next week then. I've also been recording the process for the client so it will be very useful to put on here to show how a commission is completed.

I have a few commissions in the pipe line at the moment: Two teenagers in a portrait for a 60th birthday present, a friend has commissioned a beloved dog portrait as a present to her Mother and two separate portraits of ponies for the same client. Can't wait to get started on these later this month.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Graphite Portrait Commissions

15 x 22"
Graphite on Paper

11 x 15"
Graphite on Paper

Art works

'Wild Colour'
Study in Paint - mixed media

'Wild Horses'
Mixed media on paper. I love the energy in this painting. It may take some time to make sense of the image - but this adds to the appeal for me.

'Grey Mare'
Mixed media on board.

This is a charcoal study on paper of a beautiful Piebald Horse.

This is a Graphite Study on paper. Detail.

'Bay Stallion'
In regard to commissions, I call this style of painting 'Study With Paint'.
Mixed media on paper - charcoal and graphite and oil paint.

Equestrian Art

I have set up this blog so that clients can track the progress of their commissions and so that anyone interested in my work can follow what I'm up to.

I'll update it regularly with commissions and other works.