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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Inside view of my studio

Up and running and drawing!
My pencils are enjoying their new home as are both Wilbur and Bernadette.
The space we have been allocated is just fantastic!
Our previous work area was really cool too. Totally different and just much much smaller.
Here, well this is pure luxury with space for the indispensable drawing board and red trolleys but also for my (big) favorite sofa, all my music, books, fellow artist, mementos and ... a chess board.

For all of you interested here's a wee guided tour...

New work area: great light, space and view. Behind work by Kim Santini, Juliette Harrisson and Linda Shantz.

Old well loved yellow sofa.

One of the 2 studio cats in action (also known as Jessy Jane or Jess)

Music, books, reference photographs and files

Printing and Prints area. Above work by Karmel Timmons. Over looking the action: Wilbur & Bernadette.

Side view of new cutting and framing area.
In frame works by Donna Ridgeway, Kim Santini, Tami Oyler , Jenn Pratt, Kathi Peters, Susan Leyland, Linda Shantz and Juliette Harrison.
In blue flower: Jess still "at rest".

On this wall work by Degas, Klaus Philip, F.C Turner, Mary Herbert, Catherine Thiry, J.D. Harding, F.Roux & George Wright Pinx. Jess is she's on the sofa!

I really tried to layout this space with efficiency in mind. My new mid year resolution: keep clutter at bay.
To do this, I have to admit to having recurred to solid professional help.
Alyson B Stanfield (unknowingly) came to my rescue.
Mid-summer, knowing I would be moving and re-structuring, I decided to go all the way and downloaded "Peak to Productivity".
I downloaded the mp3 from the ArtBizCoach Store.
A wise decision.
Sometimes all you need is to hear it, get that extra motivational push and things fall into place. My filing and organisational skills are now back on track.
Great to feel out of that "clutter rut"!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Bismark, new pencil drawing completed

Made it!
Unpacked the boxes, made a comfy space, re-tuned the hi-fi. As a result have actually got a flow going which in turn allowed me to complete my first commission in our new home.

As many of you know we have moved and it shook us all to the core (unforeseen events, mistakes and situations added to the already existing stress that comes attached to any international move).

Two weeks ago the prospect of getting to create and scribble were looking very grim.
Today, that is history.
Pencils are up and running.
Motivation and energy levels are following.
All sorts of wee hitches are still present and adding their own kind of excitement. They are however not worth wasting too much time over as I am sure they will be sorted some time soon.

So, it is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce Bismark a fluffy canine with a great gentlemanly charcacter. (please forgive the over dark contrasted of the wee hitches that still needs to be sorted!)
Pencil on Paper. 22x26 cm
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

Tomorrow is another day.
On the board a very special equine.
Will share as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Complicity and Hurricane win at the American Art Awards.

Graphite on Paper. 2009
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

There is great rejoicing and lots of strange woops: Complicity and Hurricane have been strutting their stuff at the American Art Awards and have come home with rosettes.
"Complicity" won the dry media category (pencil, charcoal and ink) and came in second in Human Realism. Yeah!
Graphite on Paper. 2010
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

"Hurricane" came in a cool second in Animal realism. Cooool!
The icing on the cake: Quality Time won last year!

"Quality Time"
Graphite on Paper. 2008
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved

Once again, one year on, I'm still so very chuffed, honoured as well as being over the moon at seeing graphite making a stand.

Pencils just rock !!!

Happy dances and cheery waves from the walls of my new studio in Bonn...

Thursday, 9 September 2010

His name was Johnny, Johnny Jo...

His name was Johnny, Johnny Jo.

His middle names: funny, silly, kind, stubborn, daft, sweet, fun, JJ...

Sadly all his names are no more.

Johnny passed away this summer leaving a wee hole in our hearts, a bundle of happy memories in our minds and a big very empty red bed.

Johnny Jo

God speed Johnny...