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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Early Bird ... drawn

This wee bird is proud (I can totally relate) and relieved (food on the table tonight).

Pride should be (sporadically) experienced, savoured, shown-off.
Pride is a good (in healthy amounts) it is proof of self-respect.
Pride is the main content of this post.

Yep! feeling very pleased with my second bird study.
A few new boxes have been ticked:
  • Better rendering of the lay of their feathers
  • understanding the tilt of the head
  • learning the insectivore subtleties of their diet
  • cornering their temperament 
  • depth
  • (and the best box of all) hesitation dissipated: each stroke knew where to go



Bird study #2 "Early Bird"
Pencil on Paper
23x19 cm


P.S: Postponing my artistic discovery of the bird world for a while, new (featherless) commission on the board.
Before I start,  great big thank you to Donna Ridgeway for the use of the her fab swallow photographs.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bird on a wire

I was curious (and still am!) 
Curious to see how my brain (and pencils) would deal with drawing something so small, so delicate, so elusive.
How it would feel to get lost in feathers as opposed to hair.
How it would feel to render something you are only able to touch with your eyes and heart.

The great news is: these amazing sophisticated little creatures have offered to show me a whole new world... and I have agreed ;)


Watch this space!



Bird study #1
Pencil on Paper
19x26 cm

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