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Thursday, 20 August 2015

When my brain buzzes

and goes into over-drive the studio's look's suffer.
Creativity reaches full flow, to-do lists are shrunk,  multitasking king of the mound!
Despite the fog one thing is crystal clear : these are happy days.


Friday, 7 August 2015

Bridgehouse Collections, jewel of the Ems

Did you know that black and white art looks amazing hung on a turquoise back drop?
Neither did I ... until last week.
Yep, last Friday saw the opening of a fabulous exiting interior decor boutique in downtown Warendorf.







Bridgehouse Collections opened it's doors to an enthusiastic crowd.
A crowd which gathered in anticipated delight at discovering the vision of founders Michael Ripploh and Fran Goodsell.
The  resounding "oh's"' &"aaaah's" as the boutique was unveiled said it all.


Much to my honour (and delight) a lovely selection of my work has been hung (for sale) in this new gem of a boutique and looks simply amazing (black and white hung on a turquoise wall is truly genius!)












If you are ever in the area or simply keen on discovering ways of delighting friends and family with special gifts, be sure to keep Bridgehouse Collections on your radar!

Bridgehouse Collections
Emsstraße 22
48231 Warendorf
Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00
Tel: +49 (0)2581 9282208


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Because I'm slow

and need to take my time when drawing, the number of original drawings that come off my board yearly only just make it into double figures.
Each created diligently and lovingly over dozens and dozens of hours.

This leads to frustration (yep!) compensated by either filling the studio loudly with alternative rock, way too many cups of coffee and on a really mad day extremely strange dance moves.
When I say pencils rock they really do but in a slow kinda Zen way ;)

This must be why I've discovered iphotography (which I now use as quick fix for my frustration)
Daily walks take me on compositional adventures.
I don't sketch: I shoot!
Daily and feed Instagram.

In total opposite to the slow brewing and care needed for one of my pencil drawings, this quick and very snappy medium brings a freedom to my creativity and compositional vision. Blink and the light is gone. Hesitate and the moment is a has been.
It's thrilling.








Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Udemy Drawing contest

Attention to all artists creatives in possession of a pencil, or marker or pen!

Udemy is running a contest.
A drawing contest.


A contest open to all.
You don't have to be proficient in any medium or technique.
All you need is imagination.

Udemy have based the contest on artist Javier Pérez  concept of masterfully finding inspiration in ordinary objects (hair clasp, spring, pencil shavings, sponge, padlock...) and giving them a whole new role.

Want to have a go?
here  is where you can find out all about it.
https://www.udemy.com/the-secrets-to-drawing/#drawing-inspiration


Thursday, 11 June 2015

4 steps in Paul's finished portrait.

Yikes, more than 17 months have passed since I last drew a dog!
Reason enough to give this new canine portrait special attention.

Meet Paul.
Paul is cool.
Paul is tall, black, goofy and ... camera shy.
Looking away, relaxed, eyes focusing in the distance, anticipating his next move is how I met him, got to know him and had to render him.






Paul
Pencil on Paper
24 x 28 cm
Sold
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved 



Step1
Eye drawn, lay of fur and darkest darks established


Step2
Further work on eye, lay of fur and outline of mouth
Step3
Adding on layers of darks to establish
shape of nose and detail in  mouth.



Step4
Adding more layers of fur and
work on nose, mouth and teeth.