Below you will find some of our horse portrait videos, these are just a few of the horse portraits completed by ourselves and framed here in the studio. I have been practising my videoing skills using different hardware and software so hopefully each time a new video is made, it is better than the last! We hope that you enjoy viewing not only the videos, but seeing the artwork in much more detail. Hopefully it shows our paintings and drawings a little better - or differently than a static image on our website.
This is a lovely painting of Chico, by Nicholas for a returning client. In the video you can see the painting up close and in detail. We hope you enjoy it!
Melanie : This is Nicholas' latest portrait to come off of his easel,it's a lovely horse called Chico and the portrait is a 14 x 14 on Italian in canvas. If I zoom in slightly, you should be able to see that we framed the portrait too. The colour of the frame works really well, it stands out beautifully from the autumnal style background that Nick created and and of course the background allows chico to be in full focus in the painting. I absolutely love the way that Nick is painted chico and all the fine brush strokes, you can see that it probably took him - well actually did take him - a long time to paint. I love the fine detail of the mane, and as we move down you can see the reflected light from the background. It just is absolutely fantastic and an overall is a beautiful piece. The portrait is going to be heading off to Belgium fairly soon I’m going to be packing it up and after taking this video. I hope you like it and thank you for watching.
I filmed the painting of Gypsy just prior to packing the portrait and sending it off to the lucky recipient for a birthday surprise. I hope you enjoy the video!
Melanie : This is the latest painting to come off of Nicks easel. It's an 18 by 14 oil painting and it's a of a lovely, lovely horse called Gypsy. The whole scene is just beautiful, it exudes warmth. The way that Nicholas painted the background and the colours of the grass is all very natural and like nice summers as afternoon think. It's almost as though I were looking through a window into a field and Gypsy is just there looking at us. The portraits been framed. If I get slightly closer you should be able to see it in more detail and the colour works really well with the background. gold’s always work well with the grass colours and the trees and sky, so overall the whole painting gels well together. This is for a birthday surprise and it's going to be packed up today and sent off to the client so we really hope the recipients thrilled!
We hope you enjoy the video of Gypsy and Cassonova, two horse portraits that were completed by ourselves, the oil by Nicholas and the pencil by myself, Melanie. The video is also filmed and narrated by myself.
Melanie : We've got two portraits in the studio at the moment. They are just about to be packed up and sent to clients for birthdays next week so we thought it was a good opportunity to take for a video of them both together. They are both completely different, obviously one is an oil painting and one is a pencil montage. Nicholas has just created this portrait of Gypsy, if I go slightly closer, you are going to be able to see how lovely it is. It's really really natural and it's been framed and the colours of the frame just worked so well with the colours of the grass and the sky and the trees. It is one of our favourite frames and it just feels as though Gypsy years walking along and then just turns and looks at us, as we are looking through window into out into a lovely grassy field. The portrait of Casanova is pencil montage for 24 by 18 and our framer has framed it in the Honey Knots frame which is one of our favourite frames for the pencil drawings. If I go slightly closer you can see that we've got a double mount this time which works really well, it draws the eye in to all of the little studies and it's also got an engraved plaque that's actually been set into the mount itself so it works superbly underneath the glass. So these two are going to be packed up and sent off and hopefully we'll have two very happy clients.
Here is a dedicated video for Cassanova, an 24 x 18 montage. It was commissioned as a birthday surprise and you can read more about the portrait on my gallery page.
Melanie : This is the latest portrayed to come off my drawing board and it's a lovely horse called Casanova and it's a 24 by 18 montage. You can see that the clients requested a head study in the central area of the portrait and then particular photographs that they wanted showing the horse and rider doing different things. You can see them a little bit more clearly if i zoom in. The portrait has been framed with a beautiful double mount which works really well and you should be able to see that the plaque has been inset into the mount, so it's all behind glass. Obviously you can see my reflection! The frame is the Honey Knots frame is one of our favourites, it works beautifully with pencil drawings because it doesn't take away from the actual artwork, it's just really complements really well. I hope you like this portrait, there'll be another video along soon!
I absolutely love this portrait that Nicholas painted of Kewlia in October 2015 for Rosemarie and her family. With guidance form our client, we paired the portrait with one of our favourite frames. We hope you like the video!
Melanie : This is one of Nick's latest paintings and it's a 14 by 14 oil painting of a horse called Kewlia and it's for a surprise birthday present. The painting is absolutely beautiful, really really natural. It has a lovely background, I can zoom in slightly, you should be able to see it in slightly more detail. The trees have been painted so beautifully and the colours of the background work really well with the horse. You can see the depth and detail and the colours on the coat shine and sheen. Fantastic! The portrait has been framed in a new frame that we've added to our range. It's a gold frame and it has been moulded so it has got really pretty detailing on the corners. I can zoom in slightly you should be able to see it. So you can have this frame with an inner linen slip, obviously this one is without, mainly because the the colour of the world works really well with the background. Overall it just works so well. You can actually see that the depth of the frame is quite deep, because the canvases are relatively deep they're 21 millimetres so the frame has been built up to cover the back and hide the canvas. It works beautifully so I'm going to be packing this one up this afternoon and hopefully it's going to be a lovely birthday surprise next week we hope you like it!
Bally Castle King was commissioned by a lovely returning client called Ted. One of our favourite clients to date. He lives in the UK so each time we are commissioned by Ted, he visits our studio and we head out for a meal to catch up on life, business and all things wonderful. We hope you like the painting!
Melanie : This is a portrait of an ex-racehorse called Ballycastle King, it's from a returning customer. The portrait is 30 x 20 in size and its matching another portrait that we did a few years ago. The customer wanted to have the horse racing silks included. If I zoom in slowly here you can see the racing silk colours at the bottom. You can also see the gold engraved plaque we've had created as well. The painting is absolutely beautiful it's really stunning and I love the purple colours to the edge of the horses rug. I think it works really well. If I zoom up here you can see the detail and the shine and sheen on the horse's head. It's just beautiful. The client wanted a frame to match another painting that he had our previous painting which he framed locally. So this time he asked if we would be able to match the the frame. We could! It's a swept frame so as you can see that we've had it framed - it is stunning absolutely stunning. We've found a lovely company to work with who they've made this for us bespoke to match the the clients frame. It's got an inner linen hessian slip with the gold edge and there is detail on the middle and on the top and on either side. It's just absolutely beautiful. It's quite heavy have to say it's just perched up there and it's been very difficult to photograph and because it's so big. This swept frame and a few others we are going to add to our range of frames. We have the the frame made bespoke and then we put it all together. We also had a print made so that the client is going to have the original painting in the home and then they're going to have the print on their yacht. We've had a gold plaque with ballycastle king and on the bottom as well a and the gold frame to match. Both paintings they work absolutely beautifully together we're really really pleased and client is hopefully coming in a couple of weeks to pick the painting and the print up. Hopefully we'll have photographs as well of the the client holding the painting we hope long and I’ll be another one on this way.
June Foster commissioned us to paint Leah for her daughter in April 2015. The painting was framed by our local frame using the traditional flat frame which is a classic style heavy wood frame suitable for plaques. We hope you enjoy the painting and the video too!
Melanie : This is the latest of Nicholas' paintings to be framed, the painting is an oil on canvas and it's a 14 by 10 and it's a lovely horse called Leah. The frame we chose is the traditional flat frame and we went without the in a linen slip this time. The colour of the wood just works so well with the colours of the horse and you can see the detail - the wonderful detail that Nick is captured in this painting. Hopefully you can see some of the tack the detail, the shine on the coat it's just absolutely superb. I think overall the frame really really and enhances the the colour of the horse and sets off beautifully. So this ones going to be packed up and hopefully be with the client tomorrow. A really fast delivery service and finally I just wanted to give a quick shout out to Julie who we spoke to yesterday, really enjoyed our skype chat.
Merchant of Dubai was painted for a returning client to give as a gift to his father Christmas 2015. The portrait has been framed by our local framer using a very simple bronze and black style frame which worked beautifully with the painting. We hope you like this one!
Melanie : The latest painting which Nick has completed and its of a beautiful racehorse called Merchant of Dubai. Its going to be packed up and sent off in a couple fo days time. The portrait has been framed in the Subtle Bronze frame. I will get a bit closer. You can see how well the colours work with the beautiful green grass of the background and this one doesn't have an inner linen slip which we felt would detracted from the overall image. I think its very subtle and calming and it feels as though the horse could jump out of the canvas at any moment. So we hope you like this one.
Amosite was completed in September 2014 for a birthday surprise. It is a 20 x 16 oil on linen canvas painted by Nicholas Beall. The portrait was framed using a now discontinued frame which was a shame as it was one of our favourites. It works beautifully though on Amosite's portrait and we hope you enjoy the video.
Melanie : This is the latest painting to be completed by Nick. Its a 20 x 16 racehorse which has been painted on Italian Linen canvas which has been framed using a gold frame along with a wheat coloured inner linen slip. Its absolutely beautiful. The colour of the frame really brings out the warm tones of the horse. The detail is stunning. If i can get closer, you can see the detail of the horse, the texture f the canvas and the lovely dappled light behind, a misty effect. It's going to be a surprise birthday present so it hasn’t been on our blog yet, it will be presented soon and then we can post it. You can see the back of the canvas and frame along with the fixings on the back holding the canvas in. Overall its and usability stunning portrait and we hope the clients will be pleased.
Jeanne Eriksen commissioned Nicholas to paint a well known horse called CC Top in 2014 for her son who lives in Norway. The portrait was framed using the traditional flat frame and inner linen slip and you can see the video I took, just prior to packing the painting.
Melanie : This is the latest painting to come off of Nicks easel and its of a lovely horse called CC Top. Its going to be packed and sent to the recipient today in Norway. Its a surprise gift. We really hope the recipient will be thrilled. The recipient is actually the rider in the painting. The portrait has been framed in our Traditional Flat frame and an inner linen slip. It really brings out the horses blaze and saddle. It bring out the colours and centres the horse in the painting. You can see around the back, it is all pinned in well, nothing is touching the back of the canvas. The canvas is placed in very gently with all the hanging details. We hope that you like this painting and it wont be long and I will be recording the next one.
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