Friday, 27 June 2008
Tuesday, 24 June 2008
It has been a quite while since I last posted about what was actually on my drawing board...I seem to have taken to talking about what's going on around it more than showing you the actual creating.
I really have been busy drawing as well as typing.
A new commission has started. It is a portrait of 2 Riesenschnausers (Giant Schnauzers.) Jack and Libby.
Both are dark and have beautiful expressive eyes hidden under their long haired fringes.
I researched a little to find more about the particularities of the breed - this helps me really pin-point elements which are crucial and typical to a specific breed.
Here is the first stage of the portrait: it is an initial layout and the beginning of detailed work on the eyes. This is Libby.
I am using 6B and 3B Staedler clutch for the hair and 2B and 2H Derwent pencils for the eye. This portrait is being drawn on Steinbach paper (250gr. 73 x 110cm).
I have penciled in the second dog Jack and will start on his eyes in the next session...
The eyes are the most important part of the portrait. It is when, and only when, I feel they are the way they should be (expressive and believable) that I feel I can get on with the rest of the study.
At this stage I am about 4 hours into the portrait.
I will keep posting as the portrait comes along.
Friday, 20 June 2008
Fashion and style, glamour and tradition can only be a part of it .
The horses, the quality of the horses has to be and remain the main reason.
Maybe the 3.5 million Pounds Sterling in prize money (making it the most valuable race meeting in Europe) also has a role to play.
Quite simply, when watching the races, I am reliving my childhood dream. I remember senses and emotions that help keep my thoughts young.
A child can pin point the simplicity of beauty so well and this clarity of vision is crucial in keeping ones work honest and true...
Who knows how my next action equine drawing will end up, especially if I back a winner tomorrow!
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Saturday, 14 June 2008
A great sigh of relief ....I thought I was the only one experiencing "slight" email & blog problems...
- Feeds I am meant to get from Feedburner have not been arriving...
- Emails sent to me have reached my inbox a tad late .... 24 hours!
- Emails sent out from my googlemail account have never reached the recipient... they are no doubt gallivanting around cyberspace with all the other lost emails!
- Posting on blogger has been hit or miss in the last three weeks... often when writing a post it will all change into exclamation marks ???????????????? ?????? ??. Pretty but not very readable and totally infuriating!
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Sometimes iron will is just not enough.... and you really just have to go with the flow...
Friday, 6 June 2008
- where the Border Collie originates from
- how it has shaped the modern day Border Collie
- why it continues to conquer the hearts of so many people the world over.
History of the Border Collie.
The Border Collie originated in the Scottish Border Country around 350 years ago and is descendant from the Persian Sheepdog.
It was when livestock farming and wool trading in the border regions started to develop that the need for working sheepdogs was felt. Local farmers began developing agile and powerful dogs to work their livestock.
They needed a hardy dog, a dog that could withstand the harsh climate as well as a dog that had endurance. A dog with stamina, a dog that could tackle the rugged terrain, a terrain made up of cliffs, hills and large open spaces. A dog with the intelligence, with the right temperament making them not only keen herders but also possess power over sheep.
These Collies worked for hundreds of years with the shepherds, being bred solely for their working ability.
James Hogg (1772 -1835), poet and shepherds' son born in Selkirkshire (Scottish Border country), wrote
"without the sheepdog the mountainous land of England and Scotland would not be worth sixpence. it would require more hands to manage a flock of sheep and drive them to market than the profits of the whole were capable of maintaining."
Border Collie ancestors, anchors to the modern breed.
wrote in her book"Key dogs from the Border Collie Family", Volume II (1985)
"... a century ago many of the working collies were hard, powerful... dogs, difficult to control and rough with ... stock; but their keen .. instinct, ... concentration and get power over sheep or cattle were such useful assets it seemed worth trying to find a milder natured type of working collie to cross with [them]."
In 1894, Adam Telfer, a Northumbrian farmer, succeeded in toning down the highly strung collie. Sheila Grew goes on to say that Telfer "succeeded... in finding the right blend of the two types of dogs".
The modern day Border Collie is descended from his dog: Old Hemp.
Old Hemp: B
In both descriptions of these legends there is the mention of "eye".
Basically. The Border Collie controls the sheep with 'eye". This refers to the
amount of concentration the dog directs at the sheep. The sheep are held by the strength of the dog's eye. A dog where this characteristic is well developed is called "strong eyed".
"Gather", "Clapping" and "Intelligence" are some of the other crucial working features that Border Collies are born with.
Here is a page with a list giving a good insight into understanding herding terminology. An online glossary of herding terminology.
That special Border Collie appeal.
- Border Collie breed information by Kelly Whiteman
- The information about the 2 ancestors is taken from the all Border Collies.comCollienet
- UK no1 site on Collie information (breeders, rescue organisations, breed clubs, Show information and results (...)
- Border Collie online museum
- Border Collie Club of Great Britain
- Award wining and very informative (and also where you can see great photos of the ancestors) Border Collie website based in the Netherlands "Nice of you to come buy".
- Information page by April M Quist can be found here
- Information on dog site 5 star dog
- Hill Shepherd Kennels
- A site for anyone with questions about the breed and thinking of getting one: Border Collie basics
Tuesday, 3 June 2008
The show is essentially an artists' choice, and there is a beautiful selection of artwork by CAG members.
There's also cash prizes for People's Choice, so please, stop by and cast your vote!! ( This is my very subtle hint for you to look out for my 3 entries...!) Seriously the work is great and picking any one piece to vote for is pretty darn tough.
The CAG is made up of artists from around the world, artists who love to draw, paint, scultp, photograph and study canine subjects, artists of all levels, working in all mediums, producing work of all shape and sizes.
It is quickly becoming the place to find quality canine art on the web.
Have a wee look and see if I'm wrong...(I know you'll like the selection.!)
Ciao for now
Sunday, 1 June 2008
Would you agree if I said the best things in life are free?
- Height 16 hands - 18 hands
- Colour: bay, brown, grey, red roan black points and chestnut.
- weight: 2000 pounds (1 ton) (stallions can reach 2400 pds)
- Kind temperament and easy to handle
- The worlds largest Belgian draught horse was Brooklyn Supreme 3200pds (1450kg) 19.2 hands.
- Carried knights into battle in medieval Europe.
- Belgian heavy draught is one of the strongest breeds.
- Provided generic material from which nearly all modern draft breeds originate.
- Belgium exported 75000 horses yearly to other European countries where they were popular as a good strong working horse.
- The first Belgian exported into the United States was in 1866.
- Today, America's favorite draught horse.
- The last Belgians were transported out of Belgium at the beginning of the Second world War.