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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Beautiful Dama

Here's the utterly gorgeous Dama.
A very fluffy Icelandic Pony.
Leading my scribble friends through the intricacies and complexities of her thick mane and coat was a new and very zen adventure.
There are portraits, despite their innate complexity and numerous subtleties that just instinctively fall into place.
Dama's large portrait was one of them.

Pencil on paper
44x37 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Three going to Quebec

The happy dances have subsided and the mad wide grins relaxed enough to get a few coherent words down.

Three of my drawings ( The Hug, Chinese Whispers & Unstuck ) have been juried in to the inaugural PAS international exhibition. 

PAS 14 is to be held in Quebec Canada for 6 weeks throughout the summer.

This is exciting news.
Pencil artists are on the rise and thanks to the internet and social media sites starting to get increased attention.
Shows of this caliber will show the public the scope and beauty of pencil art.  Show just how phenomenal and exceptional our medium is.
The work of 59 talented artists hanging together in one place is bound to be quite inspirational.

Must get cracking on designing a crate with extra passenger space.
Just like my drawings I've never been to Canada....

The Hug
Pencil on Paper
40x53 cm

Chinese Whispers
Pencil on Paper
30x59 cm

Pencil on Paper
48 x 42 cm 

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Equis Art Gallery

Honour and humility come in multiple forms.

One of them is being invited to be a part of something new, being invited to be a part something of great quality, being asked to be part of something you know is going to be big!

The Equis Art Gallery, owned by the very talented Fine Art Photographer and Director of the ex Arte Equinus International equine art competition Juliet Harrison,  is in the run-up to its GRAND opening on Mai the 24-26 and judging by the wee-behind-the-scene-peeks I've been able to enjoy, I can confirm this gallery is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Focusing on representing equine artists who excel in working in non-traditional mediums and styles, the Equis art gallery offers art collectors a varied selection of equine artwork that step well beyond the realms of the "traditional" into the contemporary and new.

Equis Art Gallery
7516 North Broadway
Red Hook, New York 12571845-758-2667 or 845-901-4074

Represented are some of the finest contemporary Equine Artists in the World today. 
Hanging along side them is, apart from being a balsam to my pencil artist soul, slightly indescribable.
Actually, it's just plain peacock feather puffing excellent!

Sculpture by Susan Leyland, "Strategizing" by Linda Shantz, "Waiting your Turn" &"She Rode a Purple Horse"by Kathi Peters

Stretch, Jumper, Polo, The Approach & The Landing by Gretchen Almy

Strutting their stuff over in New York are three of my brand-new-hot-off-the-drawing-board-mouth-studies: Weymouth, Cornered and Buckled.

Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Saturday, 26 April 2014

and then there were four! Foal get together

Over 200 photographs, many blurred due to nosy-foal intervention, led to this final drawing.

This moment really did happen. It's not a "photoshop special".
The four babies stood together, safe in their own proximity, attention and curiosity divided between a waving branch and a very strange sounding photographer.

Drawing this piece has been a bundle of fun, from start to finish.  By the end of the very first line I knew it would all fall into place.

Working out of my comfort zone and approaching it with a different goal in mind, the overall effect is looser, not as tight and detailed as I have been drawing.
Being a study of a moment, of a scene that was not staged but left to fate, spontaneity and movement had to take centre stage. Detail really welcome only as a (VIP) backseat passenger.

The choice of paper helps tremendously in staying looser.
For "Get together", I went with Hahnemülle Nostalgie and smooth flowing strokes of 6B, 2B and 2H.
It's toothy surface, slightly off-white colour and rougher texture are totally up for rendering believable expressions, strong contrasts and realistic textures while maintaining an overall feel of relaxed realism.

Get together
pencil on paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Psst!  still have at least 50-60 references that could very well be the source of a few more foal studies. Happy days!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Back with ...

a work in progress that lead to my new drawing "Buckled".

Pencil on Paper
35x26 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Pencils: 2b, 2h and a 6b
Paper: Mellotex
Size: 37 x 26 cm (pretty much lifesize)

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Cornered - made with daring

This year, the focus is on daring to spice things up, dramatically.
"Cornered", in my mind for over 4 years, as seen the light and I love it.

My scribble friends have delivered.
They have dared to push compositional boundaries, over-use negative space, confront the viewer with a new phenomenon, highlight a slice of the bigger picture.

Successfully cornering reality.

Pencil on Paper, 17x21 cm
950 Euros
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Monday, 20 January 2014


Last week I was sure it had seen the last pencil stroke, this week I  stand by my initial decision and have signed my latest drawing "Weymouth".

Part of the daring mistakes challenge.
Looking for inspiration deep within.
Thinking unconventional.
Digging deep.
Going in close.
Staying personal.
Cropping, mercilessly .
Highlighting, contrasts.
Drama, angst and power.

Really liking the result.

Pencil on Paper.
17x30 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Freshening up my mojo

It's January, the month of new beginnings. Fresh starts.

Things are going well in the studio and that's just it: they are ticking along smoothly.
Time for a "spice up".
To boost my mojo.
To re-asses.

On the plan this month:

  • Step out of my comfort zone.  Notch up my pencils to a new level. Dare to make mistakes
  • Try a new technic, a new approach, new pencils.
  • Slow down and feed my inspiration the good old fashioned way: curled up on the sofa books and magazines in hand; : AWAY from the computer from the fast lane of image overflow!
  • Visit the art museum. The space, the light, the art are pure eye candy and a wonderful way to feed my artist soul.
  • Make mistakes but make a start: pick up my pencils fearlessly

Watch this space it should be interesting….

"Four Power"
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. 2014.
All rights reserved.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Hello 2014 this is Napoleon.

Beauty, attitude, energy and black & white.

Welcoming 2014 with open arms and sharpened pencils.

Wishing each and everyone of you a fantastic New-Year filled to the brim with family, friends and the beauty of life.


25x30 cm
Pencil on Paper
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

p.s: This is Napoleon, a very smart, beautiful and affectionate Australian Shepherd.
His gorgeous alert face (have to admit to being fascinated with his eyes, especially the left one and the white mark in the corner …) with all the subtle contrasts and detail:a  joy to draw.