Amber – drawing


Amber, was drawn as a tribute for Janina, a photographer and artist who past away in December.  Janina was a member of pmp (Paint-My-Photograph) who shared her photographs of a number of subjects, the one she was known for was horses – I’ve yet to see another collection as amazing as hers.  Whether the horses were in motion or standing still, on their own or in a pack, the energy and grace of these animals through her lens was second-to-none, each carried the “wow” factor.   In January pmp asked artists and photographers to do tributes in honor of our good friend.

Amber, a graphite drawing (9×12) was produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  Animals is not a subject that I’m used to drawing, but Amber seemed to speak to me – loved working out the range of values that brought out her muscle structure and veins.  My goal was for her to be front and center, so I left the background a bit muted with little detailing.  A combination of graphite pencil and loose powder was used with this scene, instead of charcoal, because of its reflective and smooth qualities.

It’s daylight savings time, as we Spring ahead – have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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76 Responses to Amber – drawing

  1. Mary, I am catching up on your posts and I absolutely love this one. Horses have a special place in my heart and your drawing is just stunning. And what a beautiful tribute to Janina. Just lovely.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Janell for your beautiful message. I’ve not much experience with drawing horses, but Amber caught my eye and I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed working out the horse structural details – a nice technical challenge. Thank you again!!

  2. Cristina says:

    This is so beautiful I love it ! 🙂

  3. A lovely picture, Mary. Powerful.

  4. Just beautiful, Mary and such a lovely tribute to your talented friend.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Bette for your nice comment. Great to see you again – hope the snow didn’t overwhelm you guys too much!

      • We were pleasantly surprised when this week’s blizzard only left us with 12″ of that white magic. The landscape looks lovely again, but we’re ready for SPRING. Have a wonderful week, my friend! xo

  5. Christy B says:

    Oh it’s lovely, Mary! And such a touching tribute to your friend ❤

  6. Heartafire says:

    Incredibly beautiful and intricate! well done Mary!!

  7. Beautiful and powerful tribute! You did a great job, especially if horses/animals are not your favorite subject… Perhaps this one might nudge you into another?!

    • Mary says:

      How did you know – I may (still undecided) try my hand with a black Friesian! We’ll see. But thank you so much it was a wonderful subject to take on.

  8. This, my dear Mary is an exceptional drawing… EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!! I remember at college tutors saying that the hand and the horse are usually a painter’s ‘Waterloo’!!!! It takes a very talented painter to accomplish this! Bravo!! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wow Marina, thank you for your generous thoughts on this piece. I could feel the horse developing under the pencil (that “ah-ha” feeling) and really let it guide me. So thank you, for the encouragement Marina ~ means so much.

  9. Gallivanta says:

    A lovely tribute to Janina. I wonder if you will try more animals after this successful piece.

  10. restlessjo says:

    This horse is alive! 🙂 We watch an art challenge programme on TV and this last week focused on movement and twirling ballerinas. Fascinating to watch. Impossible to do! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks Jo – enjoyed your response to the drawing! I would have loved to see the show, bet it was great to watch. Would have loved to see the work.

  11. cmartzloff says:

    Beautiful and elegant!

  12. aFrankAngle says:

    Definitely OMG detail. Well done, Mary!!!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Frank, means a lot and is appreciated! Happy Winter days are here again ~

      • aFrankAngle says:

        No kidding about winter … burrrrrrr. But March Madness will help warm us up.

        • Mary says:

          Looking forward to it. TCU got in at NIT this year, better than what they’ve been last couple of years, but would have been nice to see them as a Cinderella team. UConn gals at 107 straight wins is looking to capture their 12 National title – love watching them play. We are ramping up to watch the games ~ hope one of the OH teams move on to the final four, wouldn’t that be great!

  13. ladyfi says:

    Wow – what a fabulous drawing! So gorgeous. And how lovely to see you here again.

  14. Wonderful drawing, Mary. That horse looks alive. 😃

  15. Good morning Mary. Such a lovely tribute to your friend and your drawings are exquisite. As I said in my last comment – very sensitive. Wishing for you a lovely day and week ahead. Janet. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Good Morning Janet, thank you so much for you generous thoughts and comment. The horse is so strong, but yet has these delicate features that are awesome to work out in a drawing. Hope you have a great week too!

  16. Lovely delicate textures in the face and neck of the horse, well done.

  17. Lovely textures, Mary

  18. Excellent work, Miss Mary

    Big hugs

    uncle john

  19. Leyla says:

    I love this ❤

  20. Trini Lind says:

    It is absolutely gorgeous!!! 😍😍😍

  21. This is so beautiful, Mary! Janina would be very proud.

  22. neihtn2012 says:

    Must all great painters be good at drawing? If so, you certainly qualify in both regards drawing and painting.

  23. Jackie says:

    Gorgeous picture and beautiful tribute.

  24. Such a gift to be able to draw like this!! 👏

  25. artbyisabel says:

    Breath taking! Great job 🙂

  26. It is always our pleasure to see such beautiful drawings. Handsome horse. 🙂

  27. Resa says:

    Le Gasp! It’s incredible the way art, like this piece can make me shiver! What a beauty and a beautiful tribute!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Resa. There are so many great forms of art – that speak to their audiences. For you to have such a positive reaction to one of my pieces, for me that is the highest form of compliment.

  28. Amy says:

    That is a beauty! A very nice tribute to Janina.

  29. Timelesslady says:

    Mary, this is a lovely tribute.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much – my drawing doesn’t do justice to the gorgeous horse shots that Janina captured. It was their power, energy and in some cases movement that was amazing to see through her lens.

  30. Wonderful picture and tribute.

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