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Wednesday, 21 January 2009

"Tall Grace",Graphite pencil portrait of Great Dane Miss Gracie.

"Tall Grace"

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?)

10 comments:

April Jarocka said...

beautiful drawing Sheona.
You can't beat a goog wooley, eh? Mine is an ugly green cardigan...so warm.

Ana Tirolese said...

This is a lovely self-portrait.

Miss Gracie is beautiful.

You did a great job.

Elizabeth McCrindle said...

Aww what a face....such a regal lady.

Great job :))

Jeanette said...

Beautiful dog and wonderful composition. You're got a lovely touch drawing animals.

And I agree, jeans and a sweater are pure comfort!

Susan Dodd said...

This is absolutely beautiful! Such lovely work!

danielle said...

I came here from Erin's blog. Your work is just lovely.

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Thank you all for your great comments.
April, I know what you mean when our jumpies are comfy and warm, colour becomes so irrelevant...
Anna & Elizabeth, thank you. Gracie is gorgeous and such a character. Regal is the perfect description.
Jeanette, years of practice. I've tried my hand at this weeks VSD (mandarine) and it looks ill...not sure it's fit to be seen. Much practice still needed.
Susan & Danielle, thank you very much and a great big warm welcome to Black on Grey on White.
All your comments are very much appreciated.

ruthie said...

Hello Sheona, thank you so for visiting & for leading me back to your site! It always amazes me this how this blogging world works. I love your work, so delicate,just beautiful. *ruthie*

ruthie said...

Hello Sheona, thank you so for visiting & for leading me back to your site! It always amazes me this how this blogging world works. I love your work, so delicate,just beautiful. *ruthie*

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Hello Ruthie, a great big warm welcome. Love your blog. Inspirational