Monday, October 19, 2015

Loving memories

while living in the past is not something I want as a natural state of being , I welcome the tip- toe of childhood + teenage memories, especially after meditation, which opens the portal for Soul- making moments to flicker back into my mind. From very early willow tree climbing days, when at just 5 or 6 years old I quite understandably saw the topmost boughs of our 40 foot willow trees as my own exclusive Penthouse armchair! At that age, I then only dreamed  of owning my own horse, (that day was still four years away..)  but my birds nest view of our 3 acre paddock was a simply a green realm of possibility... I would watch 'National Velvet' the TV series, 'Champion The Wonder Horse' and of course, 'Fury' . My image- life was rich and scented with horse and Salix flower and the buzz of bees in the treetops next to me. I'm sure that outdoor,  nature rich childhood, which led to real horses from my 10th year, inspires my art and my Heart in ways I don't fully understand; .. drawings like this one, layered with meanings and the flow of memories ... will have to Speak for me.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


..we would like to officially invite you to become a professional member of the International Guild of Realism.

On the 12th of January, I received an email that changed my perception of my potential as an artist. Though we are constantly told we should not judge ourselves by the approvals of others, this is one vote that matters. Three months earlier, I submitted my art to the Guild with the hope and belief that my art has a place out in the fine art world. The welcome letter came as a pleasant surprise though, I was thrilled because this Organization  holds as it's highest ideal the creation and promotion of realist art, which I love. I try with every piece to integrate the truth of the subject, while imbuing each pencil touch or brush stroke with love and Spirit.   
"Dear Jenny,
Thank you for your patience regarding our jury committee.  From what we can see from the images you submitted via email and those we saw on your website, your work is of very high quality with regards to craftsmanship, composition and creativity.
Congratulations!  Our membership committee was quite impressed with your artwork and résumé.  You certainly represent the style of artwork we seek to promote through museum exhibitions, gallery shows, and marketing articles.

Therefore, we would like to officially invite you to become a professional member of the International Guild of Realism." 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Maternal Beauty and Strength in A3.

"Annie and Bella" blessed my Studio with their beauty, presence, and their palpable bond in July this year, but I couldn't yet share my progress pics as the artwork was a Commission from a daughter to her mum. But here they are, my vision of them anyway. My pencil marks on paper begged these girls' amazing essential essence to join me in moments of deep peace and remembering.

Beautiful polo pony whose name I never learned, her rider being the focus in the Clients' Commission.. shone with beauty, self awareness, a calm attention to her job. Allowing her rider to take the limelight, she asks only to be treated kindly. To remove saddle, bridle, martingales and boots, to roll in crystal sand bed.. horses need no recognition such as fame, winning, prize money; they move complete and fulfilled in their own Universe.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

"Kite Pally Play" Handcrafted pendant.

"Kite Pally Play Handcrafted pendant.
19" Cord.
This pendant represents the freedom of a beautiful horse galloping free on a vast beach.. it is from a painting I did some years ago,  and I find it inspiring to wear the similar one I created for myself..Kite Pally Play for Sale.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

"Pearl in the Orchid Garden" Celebrating joy in nature.

"Pearl in the Orchid Garden"
Pearl the joyful Sea~Dragon swims the Oceans
but loves to visit other realms..
she has played on a farm,
danced with dragonflies.
chatted with Pegasus,
admired white butterflies..
So many wonderful travels..
adventure fills all her days..
now this seaside orchid garden
brings Pearl a new place to play!


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Where have all the Christmas Beetles gone?

I remember the Summer evenings of my childhood, playing out in the garden after tea, having water fights with my sisters and brother.. the smell of wattle, jasmine and smoke from a far off bushfire. The 'cool change' as a Southerly wind blew in, allowing some relief when we finally went to bed, no air conditioning back then.. a fan if we were lucky, but windows (with fly~screens of course) wide open to the night sky.  And the flying jewels, the iridescent masterpieces of gilt wing and light~seeking radar. They were huge! And each so different from the other. If they got past the fly screens or followed us in before the screen door shut, we would carefully catch and carry them outside, placing them in the willow tree, or in mum's Camellias or Fuchsias, perhaps matching their colours to a flower where they might find company in their beauty. Mum taught us to be kind,  to play in Nature, and to appreciate the colours around us, including those Christmas Beetles. Few are seen here now, at least in the Sydney Basin.. Pesticides? Tree Clearing? As with those othe jewelled treasures the Cicadas, the change in 40 years has been phenomenal.. Vale the Christmas Beetle.


Monday, May 6, 2013

"Pearl in her Universe"

"Pearl in her Universe" original aceo in Graphite.
Pearl could well be a distant cousin of Nessie, the enigmatic Loch Ness dweller. Pearl is, (by comparison with her friend Delta, the joyous Dolphin,) far smaller than Nessie:
While Pearl can easily change her beautiful colours and share them with other Nature beings, she will sometimes (after long periods deep beneath the Ocean) fade in colour to a dark dolphin grey. Then she reveals her own connection to the Universe.. SOLD

In the Fields of Daisies

In The Fields of Daisies

Love the meditational pause that overtook me every time I sat down with this piece in front of me..From a precious photo of my beautiful Paint Horse Jack, I began a drawing which I felt would express his essence visually.. For over a year I carried it around in notepads, in books I was reading, in my shoulder bag on trips down to the river..even on my desk on some rare occasions! At times I actually couldn't find the piece, it was as though Jack's Unicorn needed to withdraw for a time before being ready to further reveal himself. This drawing comes from a deep place of feeling my own connection to the mystical, to the hiding vulnerable Spirit inside. Protected by a light filled forest
with shafts of heavenly light dancing across his body, knees deep in what must be golden flowers, with stars and moons and angels dancing across his cheek and legs.. filaments of fairy dust adorn his heart~space. This is the embodiment of a little piece of every horse who has graced my life.

Size: 7" x 8.5".

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Goldie By The River.

Sunlight sparkles, pretty golden flowers by the river.. a cool shade tree and softest grass to sleep on; the recurring vision of this 'special place' is like a Meditation floating in my Dreams.. my capacity to bring these images into form so that others can share the feeling they evoke, is limited.. but increasing every time I paint another little aceo like this one.. on this Summer day, Goldie the pretty poodle reflects peace in her World as she invites us into her little spot of Heaven..  SOLD

Monday, February 6, 2012

'Lumina' a new Unicorn Graphite Drawing..

Created using .3 mechanical pencils on Fabriano Watercolour paper, this drawing expresses what I love most about the Unicorn: Gentility, exotic beauty, implied Strength and power, and their strong link to their cousin, the Horse.

9"x10" Graphite.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Another dolphin Miniature...

Pearl the many~coloured Sea Dragon has been playing again with her friends, the joyful pod of Dolphins.. giving me the opportunity to play around with watercolour on beautiful Arches watercolour paper.
For sale on eBay, these little 'Art Cards' are a Collectible form of original art!

Monday, September 19, 2011

International Equine Artist Exhibition

I joined a great Group of artists a few weeks ago, the 'International Equine Artists'.
I was excited to see that there was an online exhibition just about to close entries!
It is the 'Autumn Colors of Equus' and I had just the piece! A commission from a while back, this 34 inch x 24 inch graphite and watercolour entitled 'Autumn Glow' was perfect, (or so I hope)... here's a link to the Group:
International Equine Artists..
The Exhibition will be online for viewing from October 3. Voting for People's Choice open from 3rd October through to 31st December.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Dolphin Magic

The beauty of creating art in miniature always thrills me especially after working on a large format Commission.. after many hours immersed in the patterns of the amazing Paint Horse "Our Incredible Story" (portrait pic coming soon..) I am back at the magnifying glass for a while!
I painted this magical secret cove after once again being moved to tears by the tragedy of the Dolphins when their trusting nature allows them to swim too close to Taiji, Japan.. I urge everyone to go to "The Oceanic Preservation Society" today!
ACEO 2.5" x 3.5"
Ebay Sale

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Unicorns Arrived at my Website!

They've been whinnying, stamping around the Studio, flicking manes and exotic tails, and generally doing everything short of poking me with their horns! Finally I created their own page at Equinelegance, (and I have peace for a while) so I can continue with my commission of the beautiful Paint Horse stallion "Our Incredible Story".

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Thatched Cottage

With my ancestors harking back to England and Cornwall, the deep greens of these places, the rich tumble of flowers alongside country cottages, and the vision of a beautiful palomino horse lazily swishing her tail.. (not at the flies.. surely that's my Aussie influence pushing in!).. these images in my mind are begging to be painted.

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Cutting Horse in My Studio!

A joyful time for me with Canson A3 Drawing paper, Graphite pencils from 2B right down to 8H.. and the sunshine streaming through the Studio window. Feeling the focus and tenacity of the Cutting Horse, I have immersed myself in this new drawing. Here's the first photo at about 20 hours:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

WIP ~ Coloured Pencil Unicorn Stallion.

This is one of my favourite poses in the horses'(or Unicorns') repertoire, this powerful view from the muscular hindquarters through to his focused eyes.. What better subject for my new exploration of shades of coloured pencil. Being so in love with pencil as a media, (but using mainly graphite), I have often used a little CP here and there in mixed media works. I am in awe of artists who create totally breathtaking CP drawings which can rival an oil painting in complexity and harmony....I will keep at it!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

'Mother And Child' 4"x6" Watercolour.

Size: 4"x6"

Media: Derwent Inktense Watercolour.

This is my second painting of the extremely rare Giraffe~Patterned Unicorns. Found only on one Island in the Realms of Unicorn, these stunning animals are closely bonded to their herd lifelong. They love the Lakes District and can often be found cooling their heels in the shallows. Here a mare stands patiently while her young foal experiences the Lakes' healing waters for the first time.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pearl and The Grey Whales

Pearl visited my studio again this week, calling me with her rainbow innocence and joy! I listened, wanting to experience the colours she brings and the memories of her earlier visits and stories..
5" x 5" on Steinbach Drawing paper.


Friday, February 11, 2011

'Misty under the Mistletoe'
Beautiful Bay pegasus Misty landed lightly
on Valentine's Beach,
prancing beneath the bower
draped in Love's "Bleeding Heart" flower..
He folds his white wings ~
as his loving heart sings of that one
special mare of his dreams.
Size: 2.5" x 3.5",
Media: Watercolour,
Bay horses, Beaches, Bleeding Heart vines.. Three of my Favourite Things.. SOLD.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rhapsody In Blue~ 4" x 5" Acrylic

The vast expanse of Mother Ocean leads my imagination away on voyages

through miraculous myths and unbelievable colour and light.

Sometimes in meditation, I discover a scene so beautiful,

so dancing with light and magic, it stays in my heart long after my return to the studio!

Rhapsody is the most beautiful of visions!

Her soft pink and cream feathers delight all who see her.
She appears when we need her most, from the side of our vision in that half~waking place
before reality and duty claim us again, a reminder that there truly is magic in the World!.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Phantom and Pearl In the Caves of Light"
Pearl and cousin Phantom dance and play in vaulted shafts of light.
The cave's golden floors shimmer and sparkle, and Pearl loves to absorb their beauty!
She is a joyful Nature~Spirit who shares her gifts with other creatures
across the seas!

This little painting a miniature original painting of Pearl the Nature Helper sea dragon with her cousin Phantom, who have travelled again to the Far North Mountain~sea this time to visit the beautiful sea caves there.Medium: Watercolours and Atelier' Acrylics, including gold.
Size: 2.5"x3.5". It is an ACEO, an "Art Card Original and Edition" ~ a very collectible form of Art.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

'Baringa Beneath the Beautiful Blue'

The vast expanse of Mother Ocean leads my imagination away on voyages through miraculous myths and unbelievable colour and light. Sometimes I discover a scene so beautiful, so dancing with turquoise light and magic, it stays in my heart long after my return to the studio.. Baringa The Hippocampus is a far cousin of the horse, one who has a highly developed love of the water, a deep longing for adventure, and expression through colour. Baringa is an Aboriginal name meaning 'Light'. Medium: Derwent Inktense Watercolour. Size: 2.5" x 3.5" (6.5 cm x 9 cm) The painting measures 2.5"x3.5". These are ACEOs, an "Art Card Original and Edition" ~ a very collectible form of Art. SOLD.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Aphrodite #5 'A Day on The River'


Aphrodite #5.
Atelier' Acrylic Miniature Painting.

Aphrodite is a beautiful palomino Winged mare,
who has visited my Studio in 4 earlier paintings.
Here she is joined by little Jess, a sweet Papillon adventurer
who wants to hop into Aphrodite's boat..
but who will cast them off from the Wharf?
Perhaps the helpful seagull wheeling above?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Work In Progress. 'Friesian Stallion'.

Available for Purchase.

Reflecting on the early days of my attempts at becoming a professional Equine Artist, I remembered my love of drawing beautiful horses with the freedom of not having to conform to anyone's vision but my own (inner) one. That was in 2003. This past 7 years I have completed many commissions, miniatures, different subjects and styles have flown across my desk(s). I have loved every minute of it. But in working on this 18" x 24" drawing of a Friesian stallion, I'm revisiting that thrill of freedom in the work.:-)

Monday, January 10, 2011

'Angel Foal' new Acrylic ACEO.

Our animal art group 'Paw Prints Art Group' runs a Shop online, and one thing we like to do is to create art with a Holiday theme. This little one arose from my thoughts on Australia Day. On the long ocean journey taken by the First fleet from England to Australia.

Acrylic ACEO
Angel Foal

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Aceo Original 'New Year's Eve Ball'

Angels are beautiful no matter what shape and size they are! 'New Year's Eve Ball'
created in Faber Castell Pencil and Atelier' Acrylics. SOLD

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New ACEO, Australian Wildlife Whimsical ACEO.

'Joey and Jumbuck Jumping with Jewellery'
2.5" x 3.5" Prismacolor Verithin pencil on Steinbach Fine Drawing paper.
Mant trips into the outback were a feature of my childhood, as my Dad was born in the mining city, Broken Hill. The red earth, mulga scrub, the insects, kangaroos, emus, sheep, huge thorny prickles on the ground which always ended up in your undies after a 'toilet~stop' out in the middle of nowhere.. Memories all flooded back as I drew this little treasure.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Jewel of the Nile"..Original Graphite Drawing:

From a reference photo of a Lovely friend, Vanessa, on her trip to Egypt riding the beautiful grey Arabian, Gamil.(Used with permission). This is my entry in our eBay 'Paw Prints Art Group's Monthly Theme event. This month was to list a work of art with the letter 'J' involved.
Artist's collection.