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Thursday, 24 January 2013 such thing

41 x 29 cm
pencil on paper.
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

"My horse is ugly!"
These words were said to me a few years ago after the subject of a portrait came up and they bothered me ... no end.

There is no such thing as an ugly horse.

Every time my pencils get scribbling they prove it, show the world just how erroneous those words were.
Each stroke merging tones, combining strength, proving in black on white the fallacy of this perception.

A beautiful chiselled equine face has a “wow factor” but take one, like Sandor (pictured above) shaped out of honesty, wisdom and kindness the “wow factor” is just as big and lands just that little deeper.
Underneath the muscle and the power is a mind blowing personality and astuteness that is anything but … ugly!

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Chocolate Labrador Gizmo

The "Christmas Secrecy Act" is lifted (and has been for the last few weeks...wee bit behind again whoops!)

Christmas commissions #1 is the handsome Gizmo.
A great big chocolate lab with a lovely nature.
A beautiful subject to render, my pencils had no problems getting dug in with gusto and enjoying all the details from his vivid eyes all the way down to the small wave in his coat.

44x25 cm
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Monday, 7 January 2013

Hello 2013

2013 is here!

2012 was a year in which I believe I stood too still.
Enjoying my comfort zone a tad too much... artistically not taking risks, trying too please, my curiosity asleep.
2012 is being archived just after this post.

2013 is when I step FORWARD pick up my pencils out of our snug comfort zone and into a colder  unknown & un-tackled world that we have ignored for too long

To prove my point, here's "Touched" my brand new drawing.
An amass of verticals and horizontals, stark and dramatic yet soft and tender.
A mix of contrast, texture and shapes.
A study of both equine and human body language.
A little girl lost safely in the world of big gentle equines.

" Touched "
Pencil on Paper.
57x44 cm.
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. 2013
All rights reserved 

2013 will be my year of marching FORWARD one focused step at a time.

... left, right, left, right, left, right...