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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!