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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

Thursday, 7 January 2016

2016 thundering in

2016 is going to be another fast mover, I can feel it. 

Strapped in for the ride and grinning in anticipation.
Wishing you all the "bestest" of rides and looking forward to seeing you along the way :D

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Pinned to the edge ...

of my comfort zone.
I went big and warped the rules of composition as much as possible.
I craved for a new angle. 
An angle that would emphasise all the strength and power of this amazing horse but also an angle that would defy compositional rules and regulations.
Pinned to the edge was one of my hardest challenges yet. 

The knowledge of my subject (we've met over seven times on the drawing board) and the energy he ignites in me kept me smiling and my pencils fervantly scribbling.
The rest was hard, very hard.
The proportions were hard, the dynamics were hard,  cracking rules to create drama was hard.
Operating for weeks out of a zone of familiarity, uncomfortably hard.
Stepping back, pencils paused, and calling it done: hard. 
Letting it out of the safety of the studio into the world to face reactions: super hard!

One thing though that is in no way hard:  endorsing the claim ... pencils rock!

Pinned to the Edge
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant © All rights reserved