"Tall Grace",Graphite pencil portrait of Great Dane Miss Gracie.
Graphite on paper, 39x22 cm
copyright Sheona Hamilton-Grant
This is my self-portrait -well not literally- I do look a little more human. The rest however, could be me right down to the silver watch band.
I love jeans: wear them daily and know them inside out (literally I wash them reversed) and have them in different shapes and same size. I love them so much I not only keep them for decades but have also been know to spend a little too much "dinero" on them. (I find a great pair close to "irresistible"!)
Jumpers: (as I have recently discover also referred to as pullovers in the US) I would be a very sad artist indeed should they be removed from my wardrobe (referred to as closet). As opposed to my jeans I have them in all sorts of different shapes and sizes (can't beat the baggy-curl-up-beside-the-fire-woolly-jumper).
Back to the portrait: This is Miss Gracie, Erin Vey's big girl. I discovered and (cyberly) met both ladies, through her blog Bark! last year and have been captivated by Erin's photography since. Erin is a canine photographer who's work subtlely merges fine art into canine photography. It's beautiful.
I was drawn to this photograph to the composition I could see, to it's powerful simplicity. I really liked the way the lines swerve and leave a great negative space yet keep the attention on Gracie's presence and elegance.
I now have another goal: acquire such an excellent subject, shoot the perfect reference pic and then get up to the drawing board (big goals mean big rewards...right?)