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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Shooting Star



"Shooting Star"
Pencil on Paper
44x29 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved


As soon as I saw the reference sent by wonderful photographer and fellow artist Juliet Harrison, all I wanted to do was get tucked into portraying this exquisite running machine.

Focus had to be given to the graceful lines, athletic long neck, beautifully defined shoulders and the ever alert inquisitive eye. 
In order to pep-up and add a wee twist to the final composition, interesting elements, such as his elegant pride, apparent coolness in the spotlight, controlled presence when in the thick of things, were had to feature.

I adored drawing this athlete, all the memories of my days "in the business" came flooding back.  They had a strong magnetic pull on my pencils.  
The hours spent on the drawing board one big long refreshing walk down memory lane.


The icing on the cake: both Shooting Star and Up & Running are on their way to Australia as I type. 
Both are finalists in this years Inglis Equine Art Prize and their presence now required on the Australian Equine Art circuit! 
So very very chuffed. 
Actually chuffed to very little pieces!


p.s: Massive thank-yous' once again to Juliet Harrison for generously allowing me to use her material and vision.


p.p.s: Juliet's work, her interpretation of the equine form is so beautiful. Her use of light masterful. If you are unfamiliar with her work, you simply must discover her amazing art world at http://julietrharrisonphotography.com/






Thursday, 12 July 2012

Discreetly side-stepping the routine





Mea culpa.
Played rookie, set pencils aside and took a break from the "old routine".
For a whole four days I "forgot" about my computer, took pity on my over-worked scribble friends and silently shut the studio door. 
Looming dead-lines, work needed "yesterday" and a million and one other events (including under 11 pool parties,pyjama parties, cycling tests, end-of year school events, sport events...), all pushed me to tip toe out the door and into an internet free world. 
To try and find a way of re-charging. 
To step back, stop, breath and take charge.
To blow way the mess in my head and re-align my thoughts.

I'm nearly there ...
I think.