Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Day Twenty Six

'Wild at Heart'
15 x 23.5"
Charcoal
£50

This drawing is a little late in going up. It should have been up yesterday. However, I was at the funeral of a friend yesterday and the drawing wasn't quite finished in time. I decided that I wanted to donate the money from this drawing, in memory of my friend, to Maggie's Centre.
http://www.maggiescentres.org/donate/donate1.html
The mare in this drawing is beautiful - she reminded me of every little girls dream horse with her long flowing mane and gorgeous eyes. A real lady. The blustery day added to her dream-like status as the wind whipped her mane and forelock around her head. I wouldn't have been surprised to see a little horn at her forehead! 






Monday, 28 November 2011

Day 25


'Valour'
9 x 16.5"
Charcoal


The inspiration behind this drawing was the ridden Clydesdale class at Blair Horse Trials this year. The power and energy emanate from these horses as they canter around the ring at the end of the class. Standing just on the other side of the ring as 10 massive horses charge past inches from you is quite exhilarating!
You can feel the beat from their hooves in your heart. Amazing!


Sunday, 27 November 2011

Day Twenty Four

'Sleeping Beauty'
Graphite and Charcoal
11 x 13"


I loved the angles created as this sweet little gelding enjoys the sun. So cute.




Day Twenty Three

'Highland Colts'
Charcoal and Graphite
8 x 11"


These cheeky colts are from the Isle of Muck on the West coast of Scotland. They were fantastic to watch. So full of life and the joys of... well, actually, it was February - so winter!



Friday, 25 November 2011

Day Twenty Two


'Stamina'
Charcoal
12 x 23.4"
SOLD
I have drawn this horse before during this project but sometimes a piece of work needs to be tried in different ways to get different effects. The previous version of this drawing had the bridle and whole head. This unusual cropping of the image work well to show the drama in a piece...I may return to this again soon or in a few years. Sometimes an image haunts me until I work it out!


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Day Nineteen

'Highland Foal'
Charcoal
11.5 x 16.5"


This lovely wee dun foal was one of last years foals from the Isle of Muck. A gorgeous wee thing. I can't wait to go back and see how he's turned out. If the colts that were there at the time are anything to go by, he'll be a stunner.



Dairsie Does Different and The Big Pink Xmas Craft Fair

Just a wee reminder that I'll be appearing at the following events in the run up to Christmas:


Inchcoonans Equestrian
11am - 2pm
Sunday the 27th of November
Inchcoonans House
PH2 7RB
Errol,



Dairsie Does Different at Christmas
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dairsie-Does-Different-at-Christmas/164901936937302
Saturday the 3rd of December
10am - 4pm
Dairsie Memorial Hall
Dairsie
(between St Andrews and Cupar)

The Big Pink Xmas Craft Fair
https://www.facebook.com/events/145665572201730/
Saturday the 10th of December
12.30pm - 8.30pm
Arbroath Westkirk Hall, 
Keptie Street, Arbroath

Monday, 21 November 2011

Day Eighteen


'Poise'
Graphite
11.5 x 16.5"


This drawing is of a chestnut mare who was competing at this years Fife Show. I chose graphite for this drawing as i like the way it looks energetic and kind of messy, which I think helps show the life in the horse.






Day Seventeen


'Field Studies'
Graphite
11.5 x 16.5"
Not For Sale

I thought it might be quite nice to show an example of my sketches when I'm working from life. As you can see, these images are drawn very quickly. I usually have about 5 drawings on the go at the same time and return to each as the horses move back into a similar pose.
I love the results from these days and think i might try some big scale versions in charcoal or oil pastel. However, the inquisitive nature of the horses may cause some problems...

Saturday, 19 November 2011

'Friesian'
Charcoal
16.5 x 11.5"


Todays drawing is of a Friesian who was part of the Independent Horse - Extreme Horse riding display team at Glamis Countryside Fair this year.
Here's a link to their website - http://www.extremehorseriding.co.uk/HOME.htm

The Friesian was such an eye catching horse that - no surprises - I have about a hundred photos of him. I wanted to show the effort this guy was putting into the stunts. His nostrils were huge and eyes so attentive. Friesians have always been a favourite of mine since I was a wee girl so I was in heaven when the riders rode into the arena.



Friday, 18 November 2011

Day 15 - Zebra

'Zebra'
11.5 x 16.5"
Charcoal on Paper
SOLD

Yet another drawing inspired by my visit to Fife Animal Park! I should be on commission from them :)
I was really taken  with their Zebra. I think I watched him for about half an hour, just watching everything he did. And a strange thing that sticks in my head - horses and ponies have chestnuts on the insides of their legs. This zebra had chestnuts that were very flat but huge!
Anyway, hope you like the drawing. I liked the contrast of the stripes and unusual composition. See what you think.





Thursday, 17 November 2011

Day 14 - Scratching Post


'Scratching Post'
Charcoal on Paper
11.5 x 16.5"
SOLD

Today's drawing is of another charcoal drawing of a Highland Cow - I'm sorry, I couldn't resist!
This is another of the gorgeous cows from Fife Animal Park. 
I love the look of bliss in her face as she's scratching her cheek on the corner of the wooden post. It must be some effort getting through all that hair! 

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Day Thirteen


'Hercules'
Charcoal on Paper
11.5 x 16.5"

 SOLD




This little girl (who's about a foot bigger than I am!) was one of my models from Wednesdays visit to Fife Animal Park. I decided to have a wee visit to gather some reference images of some slightly exotic creatures to compliment my project. The Highland Cows were brilliant and posed for about half an hour while I ran around taking photos - They were waiting almost patiently for their breakfast.
I'm looking forward to doing a few more of these girls in the project. And there was a zebra too! I was quite in awe at the Zebra field. What a beauty.
 

Tuesday, 15 November 2011


'Skye II'

Charcoal on Paper
11.5 x 16.5"
SOLD

Today's drawing is a charcoal drawing of a horse which lived in the field next to my house. He's no longer there but I loved drawing him. The angles in this composition really appeal to me. I completed a small painting of the same image a year or so ago but I often find myself looking at the photo thinking... I think he needs turned into a huge painting!




Monday, 14 November 2011

Day Eleven

'Hold'
Charcoal on Paper
11.5 x 16"


This drawing is based on my photographs that I took at Glamis Countryside Fair. The show was called 'Riders of the Storm'. See http://www.ridersofthestorm.co.uk/ I have so many photographs from the show they put on - it was really fantastic. The horse in my drawing was used when a second horse was needed in the show and when not in use he stood by posing for photographs.


Sunday, 13 November 2011

Day Ten


'My Muse'
Charcoal on Paper
16.5 x 23.5"
SOLD

This drawing is of a friesian stunt horse. He was part of the stunt display team who exhibited at Glamis Countryside fair in September this year. They were brilliant to watch and the horses were gorgeous! The Friesian features in most of my photographs from the day, so expect a few more drawings!


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Day Nine - Donkey!


Day Nine and may I introduce you to Donkey! I recently visited a neighbour who keeps donkeys in a field by the road. I pass almost every day and very often there'll be people leaning over the fence stroking the gorgeous donkeys. This one took a liking to my husband who I had dragged along with me to distract the donkeys whilst I took their photos. It's impossible to not fall in love with them instantly. Especially those ears!


Donkey!
Charcoal on paper
11.5 x 16.5"
SOLD





Friday, 11 November 2011

Day 8

Day 8...'Winter'


'Winter'
Acrylic and Charcoal
11 x 8"
SOLD
I thought I would add a little colour. The boy in question was the subject of a commission that  I completed over a year ago but I recently rediscovered the photos I took for reference.
I couldn't help but be inspired by this beautiful boy. The weather was blowing a gale on the day and his mane just added so much to the picture. Beautiful.


Thursday, 10 November 2011

Day Seven!

Day Seven


Just because everyone loves their horses eyes!

'Eye'


'Eye'
Charcoal on Paper
12 x 12"
SOLD


I'm sorry that I haven't been able to post much else on here since the start of my project but I'm having a nightmare with my computer which keeps crashing every 10 mins or so.
Very frustrating.


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Day Six - Dressage Study




'Dressage Study'
Charcoal on Paper
10 x13 "
SOLD

The Small Print:
Each art work is individual. The sizes and media will vary but I will note this in the description of each image that I post.

Please note that colours may vary slightly between the image on your screen and the original art work. This is due to monitors, scanners and cameras all being slightly different.

All works are sold unmounted and unframed.

Works are sold on a first come first served basis.Very occassionally if I am not quick enough in updating my stock level a work may become sold twice. If this happens I will refund the payment immediately. I make every effort to ensure this shouldn't happen.


Postage
Postage to mainland U.K is free for this project but please get in touch for a quote if you would like the work posted outside of mainland U.K.

Money Back
If the artwork is returned in it's original condition within 30 days of the buyer receiving it, Lindsay Mathers will return money paid minus fees (PayPal /Credit card) and shipping.
The buyer is responsible for return shipping costs.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Day Five - 'Nosey'

Day Five - 'Nosey'
Something a little humorous.

Today's drawing is of a lovely cob. I love the cheeky expression on her face and the way her eyes poke through her unruly forelock. When I was trying to take reference sketches and photographs she would follow me around the field standing directly in front of me wherever I went, very inquisitive.
I like the dramatic composition too... I don't think anything else would have worked for her...


'Nosey'
Charcoal on Paper
23.5 x 16.5"
Sold




Monday, 7 November 2011

Day Four - 'Dancer'

Welcome to Day Four of my 50 day challenge.
This charcoal and chalk drawing is called 'Dancer'. The Thoroughbred was just stunning. I really want to capture the movement and energy of this amazing animal.

'Dancer'
16.5 x 23.5"
Charcoal and Chalk
SOLD


Day Three - 'Swish'

Day Three - 'Swish'

You may recognise this thoroughbred from before.
May I apologize for this drawing going up a day later than it should have, I didn't realise it hadn't worked yesterday. However, today's one will go up later today too. Thanks for your patience. Hope you like it...

'Swish'
16 x 24.5"
Charcoal on Paper
Sold
Prints will be available soon



Sunday, 6 November 2011

Day Two...

50 Days of Christmas...

Day 2 - 'The End of April'

'The End of April'
Charcoal on paper
14 x 23.5"
SOLD

Friday, 4 November 2011

50 Days of Christmas


The inspiration behind the whole project was this drawing of a thoroughbred I photographed at Blair Horse Trials this summer. He was such a stunning horse I couldn't keep my eyes off him, or my camera. Though I'm not sure the rider was too pleased as he was playing up something awful. I think he may crop up a few times during this exercise...

 'Blair'
Charcoal on Paper
16.5 x 23.5" 
SOLD



'Clyde' is the first drawing in the series. Again the inspiration for this drawing was from Blair Horse Trials. This time the Ridden Clydesdale's Class. The power in these horses is just immense and I was blown away by their willingness to do everything their riders asked.
I love the look in his eye - a real gentleman.

Clyde
Charcoal on Paper
16.5 x 23.5"
SOLD


So, day one is complete. Do feel free to let me know what you think about the project (and my progress,  Yikes!).

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

50 Days of Christmas - it's here!!

It's been a long time in the planning but I'm finally at the stage to launch my new project:

Winter Drawings.
 50 Days of Christmas

50 drawings in 50 days for under £50

After looking through the research I have gathered over the last few months I am feeling very inspired and it feels great to be back in the studio. So I have decided to undertake a wee project which will take me right up to Christmas day.   

Starting on Friday the 4th of November I will undertake a new drawing (and maybe a few paintings too) each day which will be posted on my blog, until Christmas eve.

I have been dying to try a highland cow or two and maybe some of my chickens, so I don't want to limit myself to just equestrian subjects but they will definitely dominate the project.
Drawing has always been of massive importance to my work. Without good draftsmanship a drawing or painting just doesn't stand up. Therefore, spending 50 days drawing is going to be a wonderful exercise for my work - I can't wait to see the results and hopefully some improvements!
Each art work will be for sale and will be available to purchase securely online via this blog.

The Small Print:
Each art work is individual. The sizes and media will vary but I will note this in the description of each image that I post.

Please note that colours may vary slightly between the image on your screen and the original art work. This is due to monitors, scanners and cameras all being slightly different.

All works are sold unmounted and unframed.

Works are sold on a first come first served basis.Very occassionally if I am not quick enough in updating my stock level a work may become sold twice. If this happens I will refund the payment immediately. I make every effort to ensure this shouldn't happen.


Postage
Postage to the U.K (including the Islands, Highlands and Northern Ireland) is Royal Mail Special Delivery. It is signed for and tracked throughout. The cost is £5.90. Please get in touch for a quote if you would like the work posted outside of the U.K.

Money Back
If the artwork is returned in it's original condition within 30 days of the buyer receiving it, Lindsay Mathers will return money paid minus fees (PayPal /Credit card) and shipping.
The buyer is responsible for return shipping costs.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Gray thoroughbred horse - my muse!

I've been working on commissions today - graphite portraits. These are very rewarding to do but they take a lot of concentration and tiny movements. Then i just happened to see a photo I had taken at Blair Horse Trials this summer and I couldn't resist having a wee go.
The class was the ex-racers and this horse was causing his owner some amount of stress. There was so much energy and life in this stunning gray. I think I must have taken over a hundred photos of him alone.
I've decided to do a project around this beautiful horse - very loose energetic works... and maybe a tight graphite in there too. I think this horse will lend himself to anything.
Wish I knew his name...

Charcoal drawing of stunning gray horse from Blair Horse Trials.

Dairsie Does Different @ Christmas



I can't believe it has been 7 months since our first Dairsie Does Different event. What a seven months it's been too. But there's no rest for the wicked and we're heading straight for Dairsie Does Different part 2! This one just in time for Christmas. 3rd of December. 10am - 4pm.

There will be some of the original stall holders and many new and exciting crafts people too! So far we have the wonderful world of Whimsical Lush confirmed for round two, 


the weird and wonderful creatures of Blair McCafferty, Aidrian Murry's outstanding creations and contemporary jewellery, delicious baking from the fantastic Bakehouse and there's many, many more.



Oh and just in! Photography from one of Scotland's most original photographers (more info and images asap!)

I'll make a whole post dedicated just to DDD very soon but I'm awaiting some info and images from the stall holders.