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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Debby Winkler, gone too soon.

Good friend and accomplished rider Debby Winkler died this week, thrown from her horse.
She was 51 years old.
The disbelief and shock are overpowering.
God speed Debbie.

~ Our dead are never dead to us until we have forgotten them. ~


Wednesday, 23 February 2011

"Agape Touch" my latest pencil drawing.

What should never ever have happened just did!
I pressed "publish" instead of "save now" and all of you received an unfinished and non illustrated blog post.
Bowing my beetroot red face in shame...
Here below the unfinished non edited unworked shambles of words and ideas accidentally published: I had no intention of winging about my scanner, really...!

Finished and over the moon with my new piece.
This was a moment I captured a few years back. The two subjects depicted are so very close to my heart. The horse is my 21 year old Swedish halfblood mare and one of the most amazing horses I have ever had the privilege of knowing. The wee girl: my oldest daughter. A drawing does not get more personal.
Scanner has let me down.... It's age is showing and performance very iffy

Detail from "Agape Touch"

Agape Touch

Pencil on Paper 36x 39 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Agape Touch is a deeply personal piece based on capturing and immortalising a fleeting moment all of us have experienced at some moment in our lives.
In my case, the brief revealing moment when the gentle touch of the equine and human world forever collide and harmonise.
A lot of soul searching was done and walks down memory lanes taken which, with the signing of this work, have come to rest and settle. Until, that is, another moment tugs once again at my artists' heart strings.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Fine Art America -Fine art printing.

Art Prints

If you remember, a few weeks ago, guest blogger Michael Cash wrote a very informative article on how to post artwork on the web.
Fine Art America was mentioned.
My curiosity awakened.

Over the last week, extensive research and picking of my fellow artist and friend Kim Santini's brain, has been under way... the result: I've taken the plunge.
Kim's advice and feed-back about FAA was the last little push needed to start swimming in this massive virtual world of fine art printing. (If you have a moment, be sure to check out Kim's super work also available on Fine Art America.)

Fine Art America is the biggest place online for buying and selling fine art prints. The artist provides the image and the info, they do the rest: from printing through matting and framing to shipping.
The buyer can choose between standard prints, canvas prints, framed prints or originals.

I am proud to announce (and show off) my new online printing services.
Carefully selected and now available on Fine Art America gallery are images of both my canine and equine works.
There are new images as well as well loved ones.
The difference though is that, as of today, they are available in a multitude of sizes, framed, printed on canvas or just as cute greeting cards.

All very exciting, oh, and the choice will continue to grow so be sure to check back often.

Now it's back to the drawing board where a gorgeous bay mare is saying "hi" to a gorgeous young child... Cheery cheers!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Behind the (studio) scenes with Wilbur and Bernadette

Vacuum in hand (spring cleaning has come early and the studio is the first to be "attacked"), I realised I have neglected to keep you up to speed on the two Black on Grey on White studio wooden rascals (to be honest both have been throwing subtle hints such as "not had to pose for the camera for aaaaages"- " how's the blog?" - "can we say hi to the world too?" (...)!!!!) .

Both Bernadette and Wilbur are fine and dandy and have been dealing with the long winter months in their own special way.
They are quite inspirational in a indirect sort of way.

Both treat me, daily, to all sorts of strange visions and enjoyable interruptions: impossible to photograph head banging rock moves , energetic aerobic positions as well as sweet loving glances (enjoyed so much I was treated to two poses during the shoot!).

I reckon there is very little chance they will ever behave enough for me to use them as serious figure models (too boring!)

On the other hand, if they did...where would I find all this jazz like improvisation!