stag painting uk sue gardner canvas in progress

Here is my latest stag painting during the latter stages of completion. You can see the state my palette gets into! I always use a vertical one that stands next to my easel so that I can easily pick my paint as I work. My current palette is a white plastic tea tray clipped onto a music stand, this works great.

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The Lion painting above is an exciting commission that I have been working on for the past month or so. The canvas size is 100 x 100 cm and I am working in black and white, which is a first for me!

Hare painting - work in progress Dec 2018

Hare painting - work in progress Dec 2018

This guy is on a canvas measuring 50 x 60 cm and once finished, he will be up for sale on my ‘Available Works’ page. I’m aiming to create a feeling of speedy movement in this hare painting. Hares are one of my favourite subjects to paint. I think it is because they are shabby and elegant, all at the same time..

New Highland Cow painting getting his photograph taken

New Highland Cow painting getting his photograph taken

This new Highland Cow painting is actually finished. I thought I’d show you how I stand them in the shop window to take photographs. normally this is a really great place to stand them because the light is good. This piece is still a bit shiny, so there is a bit of ‘glare on the top right corner. In a few days I will trey again. It’s funny standing the paintings in the window because any passers by often make little ‘mmm’ noises and Im never quite sure whether the ‘mmm’ is good or bad :D

Swans Riverscape Work in Progress Aug 2018. Oils and gold leaf on a stretched canvas 50 x 50 xm

Swans Riverscape Work in Progress Aug 2018. Oils and gold leaf on a stretched canvas 50 x 50 xm

Below is a new Highland Cow - irresistible to paint with all of his luxurious curls and cheeky face.  Painted in oils on a 40 x 45 stretched canvas. These photos were of the early stages of the painting. Scroll down to see the finished piece printed as a greetings card. My cards are now available to purchase singly or in packs.


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pheasant painting wild bird sue gardner

This pheasant painting was very enjoyable, and was sold straight off the easel! He has gone to live in a beautiful home locally. Pheasants are such incredibly beautiful birds, I don’t think I realised this until I started sketching this guy.


Below is my latest (non commissioned) work in progress. The canvas is 40cm x 30cm and I am using a palette of pre-mixed warm and cool greys.  The greys are mixed from Magenta, Prussian Blue, Viridian, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Unbleached Titanium, and Titanium White. This first layer was focussed on laying in the values regardless of colour, and checking to see that the painting works.

 Once this stage is dry, I will finish by adding a few markings and finer details.

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This Black Cocker Spaniel Dog is a recently finished piece, commissioned as a gift. I have written a short blog post and video with my ideas on how to paint a black dog, as it is a question often asked. 


Connery the Podenco

This goofball is the 'failed foster dog' of  a good friend. ('Failed' meaning that she he was originally meant to be  a foster dog, but she is keeping him!)  Connery is a Podenco Canario now living a good life in the UK.  His legs are so long he doesn't know what to do with them. I am building up this painting in layers and using semi transparent glazes to add light and shade . Once this layer is dry, I shall make one more pass over the painting and then he will be ready to display.  This oil painting is on a 45cm x 40cm stretched canvas, so I will paint the sides off-white and hang this piece unframed.

Top left is the original reference photo, followed by the initial drawing and consecutive stages one by one.

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Cockatoo work in progress July 2018

Cockatoo work in progress July 2018

Here are the beginning stages of a new portrait that I am working on this week... see the updated version on my blog page.

This dog portrait which I have re-worked from an older painting is nearly finished now.  A sweet-faced King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, based on a  photographic reference kindly supplied by Kerli Toode.

Size: 80 x 100 cm oils on canvas

Today's work in progress is this delightful whippet who paid us a visit recently at the shop. This is the second layer of paint, and I have started using the palette knife in some areas to build up the layers. You can still see some of the original sketch peeping through in some parts at this stage

Last week I began a couple of small portraits earmarked for an exhibition that I am doing in the Spring.  The first one is a double portrait of two little Jack Russel terriers I know.

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