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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A la Carte NRW, nothing to do with gourmet eating

but all to do with art, pencils and horses.
Time and inspiration collided and this black and white image came to life.  
Inspiration stuck around until the signature made it onto the paper.
I love this drawing.
Not sure if it's the subtle twist on a classic portrait (rider tightening girth), the look in his eye or all the unfinished edges.

What do you think?


A la Carte NRW
pencil on paper
49x31 cm

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Two worlds collide ...

Time and inspiration.
They've collided and are creating a noise vision!
They are making a mess on paper and it's ending-up looking like ... a horse!?

Wee note to all fellow artists, when they (time and inspiration) come calling at the exact same time.
Knock on the creativity door with a synchronised bang!
Peek through the same window holding hands.
Let them in.
Go with it!
Rejoyce!
They are not playing any kind of joke.
There is no blue moon.
They are, simply (amazingly), in the same room at the same time.
It's an amazing feeling.
A feeling of speed and lightheadedness.
A feeling of good solid fun.

Not finished, but here to prove my thoughts: the first few steps in the still-to-be-titled-big-portrait-of-beautiful-stallion.
More to come :D 'cause I believe miracles can last (well long enough to get this drawing signed!)


   





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!


Snaffles
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 ;)


Grey
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.