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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

In a day

It was time to reassess just what (art-wise) I could achieve in one-ish sitting.
Seriously, each non commissioned drawing takes me between 80-120 hours (maybe more).
Translated: weeks of work.

The one question that I have not wanted been to scared to answer face but wich I have been asking for a while now, has been tackled and ... answered.

Am I able to produce a wee bit quality in one day?
Can I "perform" without all the time and detail and work and rework and endless thought?
Can I get to the important nitty gritty and feel pleased with the result?
Can I quieten the nagging "you -can-you-only-draw-slowly-and un-sponteneously" voice?

Yes, yes, yes and YES!

Here's the proof: Snaffles.
Upping the anti (no comfort zone for me!), I used new paper (Fabriano), a new medium (Nitram Charcoal) and a new time frame (one day i.e: 6 hours drawing time).
Drank two coffees, pumped up the volume and got cracking...

Super chuffed with the result!
Snaffles is a drawing that won't win any shows or awards but ,to me, it means the world 'cause it simply screams: I CAN!

charcoal on paper
28x30 cm

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Grey as in grey stallion

Sometimes (well actually most of the time!) my mind will ponder and "sit-on" an image, a concept for years, waiting until the time is right.
Nothing different with this drawing. I shot the references back in 2011...

After 5 years of pondering, my pencils have been on active duty for the last 2 weeks, working hard to get this big-new-in-between-commissions-drawing of Cornado NRW (super good German Warmblood show-jumping stallion) out of my head, on and off the board and into the world.

The hard work and the strange facial expressions have paid off!

All of us here in the studio are relaxed and grinning with the sweet sense of a job well done.

Think I'll go and start another one ;)

40x34 cm
graphite on paper

Friday, 15 April 2016

Vernissage in Bridgehouse Warendorf

My "Bunte Monochrom" opening last Saturday went really well.
The doors to the beautiful Bridgehouse were opened and the magic began.
Million thank-yous to all for coming and making it such a great success.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Focus was and now isn't on the drawing board!

One thing I knew: it had to be big, bold and dramatic.
The concept and image had been floating banging around in my mind for a couple of years (constantly drawing even without pencils in hand!)

Daring to crop harshly and spend the better part of a month scribbling a high risk composition was, until a few months ago, way too far out of my comfort zone. With age and maturity there seems to be serious rebirth in my "go get ya!" streak. It's rubbed off on my scribble friends and three weeks ago we got to work.

The result:
"Focus", an image full of power, beauty & silky smooth equine brilliance.
Hope you all like it too ;)

pencil on paper
39x50 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant © all rights reserved.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Jack Sparrow is a horse

A classic head portrait.
Sound boring?
Yep, but not if you push the contrast, the size and sprinkle it all over with relevant details.
This guy is gorgeous and was dressed up to the nines for our photoshoot.
You can really tell: he looks a million dollars.

"Jack Sparrow"
Pencil on Paper
36x40 cm