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Sunday, 31 May 2009

New (and finally finished) pencil portrait "Complicity"

"Complicity"
Graphite on Paper, 27x38 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant, 2009 All rights reserved.

Finally, hours, days and weeks of drawing have delivered "Complicity".

Motherhood took over, the pencils did the scribbling and I was somewhere in the middle breathing. Savouring every moment...:)

Sadly, I had to interrupt the WIP because of the size.(Scanning became very tricky and not the safest...)

I stuck to my rules of using 2B, F and 4H and kept working from left to right .

Leonardo da Vinci (who many of you know helped with the drapery of the fabric) left the studio last week after completion of the jacket.
This meant the Foo Fighters were on the scene again (hi, hi,hi), their rock contrasting wildly with the detailed rendered in the dog's coat. Their musical world spurring me on no end.


Before ending this post, I would like to send big handful of thank- yous to all of you for the support and the comments over the last few weeks. (They mean so much), accompagnied by a bundle of apologies for the "wishy washy-not-quite-finished WIP" - I confess to bad management on my part.

Have a great Sunday.
Back in a tick with a black canine...

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Magritte's defiance of common sense set in stone...

Newsflash!!!
(For all Magritte fans this is pretty major!)
  • 2500 m2.
  • 5 levels.
  • World's largest collection of the 20th century's most important Belgian painter.
  • The world reference centre for knowledge about Magritte.
  • 650,000 visitors expected yearly.

The Altenloh Hotel Brussels. Front of Museum covered with a hoarding during the restoration.


Impressive figures.
Impressive artist.

René François Ghislain Magritte (1898-1967)

On June the 2nd 2009, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in collaboration with the Magritte Foundation and the support of GDF SUEZ and the Régie des Bâtiments, will proudly open (and rightly so) the “Musée Magritte Museum”.


Rene Magritte was born on the 21st of November 1898, in Lessine Belgium. Dying, in Brussels, 69 years later: on the 15th of August 1967, victim of pancreatic cancer.

Magritte considered his work to be an attack on society's preconceived ideas, a permanent revolt against the banal -the common place.


Below a sprinkling of samples of his work, his "war on the ordinary".


"Le Domaine D'Arnheim - The Domaine of Arnheim"
Oil on Canvas, 146x114 cm
Magritte,1962


"La Condition Humaine -The Human condition"
Oil on canvas. 100 x 81 cm.

Magritte,1933
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA.



"Perspective (Le Balcon de Manet) - Perspective (Manet's Balcony)"
Oil on canvas, 81x60 cm
Magritte, 1950
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium


"Golconde"
Oil on Canvas, 81x100 cm
Magritte, 1953
The Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA

"Le Modele Rouge - The Red Model"
Oil on Cardboard, 183x136 cm
Magritte,1934
Museum van Boymans von Beunigen, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.




"La Boite a Pandore - Pandora's Box"
Oil on Canvas, 45.5x55 cm.

Magritte, 1951

"Les Liaisons Dangereuses- The Dangerous Liaison"
Oil on Canvas. 72 x 64 cm.
Magritte, 1926
Private collection.


"Les Amants - The Lovers"
Oil on Canvas, 54x73 cm
Magritte. 1928
Private collection.



"Le Tombeau des Lutteurs - The Tomb of the Wrestlers"
Oil on Canvas, 89x117 cm

Magritte 1960



"Le Viol - The Rape"
65x54 cm
Magritte, 1945

"La Saveur des Larmes - The Flavour of Tears"
(76x116 cm)
Oil on Canvas.
Magritte, 1948
Private Collection



"La Legende des Siecles - The Legend of Centuries"
Gouache, 21x15.5 cm
Magritte 1950
Private collection.

"La Corde Sensible - Heartstring"
Oil on Canvas, 112x145 cm
Magritte, 1955
Private Collection


"L'art de la Conversation - The Art of Conversation"
(65x80cm) Oil on Canvas.
Magritte,1950
Private collection.



"L'Empire des Lumieres II - The Empire of Lights II"
Oil on Canvas, 79x99 cm Magritte, 1950
The Museum of Modern Art, New York



"Prêtre marié- Married Priest"

46 X 55 cm - Oil on Canvas

Magritte 1961

sold for $27,357,226/£14,020,000 at auction

Christie's, London - 6 feb 2007



"Le Chateau des Pyrenees - The Castle of the Pyrenees"
Oil on canvas, 200x140 cm.
Magritte 1959

Magritte: synonym of images concealing nothing, defying common sense and raising strong emotions from deep within...
The things he didn't see are there and the things he did see aren't ...
Food for thought.

Sources

"Magritte", Flammarion, 1977

"Magritte", Suzi Gablik, 1970

"avec Magritte" Louis Scutenaire, Le Fil Rouge,  1977

Wikipedia

The Magritte Site

The Magritte Foundation

Olga's Gallery

Artcyclopedia

Friday, 15 May 2009

Pencil scribbles update.

Pencils scribbling away, Leonardo present and happy having me find inspiration from his 450 year old study; I tried desperately to introduce him to The Foo Fighters ( one of my fave keep-me -focused-on-detail- rock groups).
He was not impressed...
I guess it was the generation gap.
I searched my music library and he agreed to... Morcheeba. The man has good taste.


So with Morcheeba subtlely playing in the background and Leonardo's drapery study in the foreground, good progress was made to my intricate piece.
Enough to say : "ready for the week-end and an overdose of quality family time".

Back on Monday with more musical and artistic up-dates.

Wishing you all a spiffingly excellent week-end.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Pencil scribbles update: third step of new graphite drawing.

Progress is being made, slowly, intricately... this weeks luxury of not working to a dead line.

I love drapery.
This concept was added to the texture of the jacket.

I had help.
Referred to the best for inspiration : Leonardo da Vinci.

His draperies, especially the studies are so strong.
He achieves a perfect balance between soft and hard lines; between delicate and thick highlights. This harmony creates beautiful textured material.

Da Vinci effortlessly draws a wide range of shapes and folds, perfectly placing shadows and contrasts, which in turn gives the hangs of the folds their own movement, their own individual size, twists and turns.

Study of a drapery of a woman kneeling to the left
Leonardo da Vinci
Silver point on red surface heightened with white chalk
Corsini Gallery, Rome.
Source: Artlex


Leonardo da Vinci, Drawing of drapery
late 15-early 16th century
source Wikimedia commons

Learning by doing is the name of the game at this end. I'm loving it!
Eagerly awaiting tomorrows discoveries...

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Pencils still making sense: step2 of new graphite drawing.


Here is the "state of affairs" before the beginning of the WE.
Pencils have been eagerly scribbling and co-operating. Some progress has been made to the hair, the head and the jacket.
Drawing hidden eyes and expression is a little tricky. Not quite there yet.
Will need a few more hours and once that is looking good I'll put a jacket on.

Will post a new update on Monday (or Tuesday).
Until then, wishing you all a "spiffingly" excellent week-end and a terrific Mother's Day.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Pencils making sense: new drawing begun

I have not been sitting pretty (I wish!) but scribbling away with my partners in crime.
Above the result.
This is a big drawing.
Paper: A2 sheet of Mellotex paper.
Concept: interpreting the special bond that can develop between children and man's best friend. A special kind of happiness.
Rules: only three pencils: 2B, F and 4H.
References: self made photos taken last year at an agricultural fair in Scotland.
Models: my youngest and a big anonymous hound.

This is a very interesting drawing to work on: it is the first time I combine motherhood and my love for dogs.
One thing for absolute certain: I'm going to savour every moment.

Monday, 4 May 2009

Black stallion pencil portrait finished.

Approved, sprayed and signed!


"Charisma"
Graphite on Paper, 18x23 cm
Copyright Sheona Hamilton-Grant


Charisma is finished and being framed ready to make tracks to his forever home in Germany.
He was a gorgeous subject to draw: athletic, fit, alert, dark and handsome...
The angle of the reference was not ideal with quite a bit of foreshortening and distortion. (Since the last post I corrected the right ear, the nose and the right eye...!)
This however was a good challenge: the type you need to keep artistically &"graphitely" fit.

On the drawing board this week is a combination of both figurative and canine art.
Nothing definitive has made it yet on paper ...ideas are still spinning in my mind and being sketched out.
I will post when the pencil marks start to make harmonious sense.
Until then, wishing you all a super start to the week.:)