Friday, 11 December 2015

Jack Hobbs

original watercolour art jack hobbs godolphin

Jack Hobbs
 original watercolour (and mixed media)

The race is on to complete commissions, organise framing and deliver before Christmas.  This particular commission was for a person with a very keen interest in horse racing, particularly the Godolphin Team and Jack Hobbs.
I have created a number of “work-up” sketches and used different materials to try and get a heavy tonal depth to to piece whilst retaining the motion.  I have even ordered a new watercolour pigment…those who know me well will be smiling now!
Godolphin is inspiring.  It is the global thoroughbred horse racing stable founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.
As a boy, captivated by the power and grace of horses, His Highness  rode bareback races on the sands of Jumeirah Beach and today the passion for racing in Dubai is as strong as ever. Team Godolphin now span across four continents Dubai to Europe, Australia and America.
I have loved painting this, thank you for looking and following my blog.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Game On

original watercolour paintings of rackets and real tennis at Queens Club London

It has been a massive honour to have painted so many talented sports people in my time exhibiting at the Queens Club.
It is exactly a year ago that I presented prizes of a commissioned painting to each of the winners in the schoolboys rackets tournament and I will be following progress to see the results this year.   The tournament is underway today.
Many of the players shown within this selection of paintings have been tournament winners this year and I offer my congratulations to each for their dedication to their sport which brings them to the top of their game.
I had a truly wonderful trip to London a couple of weeks ago.  Amongst other things, my visit to the Queens Club involved presenting one of my paintings to a player and his reaction is one of the reasons I keep painting, it’s very rewarding.
And last but not least, I must give huge credit to the wonderful photographer, Tim Edwards.  He provides me with the most amazing photos and inspiration to produce the paintings, thank you Tim.