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Milo & Howard. Latest pet commissioned drawing

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So here you have it!
My latest commissioned portrait.

Not just one but two, deux, zwei, dos, två... I was asked to portray a double bundle of cuteness!

Milo and Howard, two adorable Welsh Corgi's, now have their own special mark in time.
Everything, from their low-set yet sturdy built, big eyes, alert ears, fluffy "cheeks", bold and friendly aura, made my pencils day.
As a result: an energetic and accurate pencil drawing smothered in detail.

Simply said: I'm smitten!

Milo & Howard Pencil on Paper Sold Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.

"Up & Running" new racing drawing

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Freeze!
Hold!
Observe and
wonder...

This is how the complex high-tech well oiled absolutely stunning machines that are race horses look in full and I mean full action.

They are breathtakingly beautiful.


"Up & Running" pencil on paper. 50x46 cm Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved.
The reference photograph for my new piece has been generously provided by friend, TB specialist and talented artist Linda Shantz
Capturing this moment is down to her. Million thank yous Linda!

Freeze frame a moment like this, at this angle, and you highlight just how much power, height and thrust is collected before sending the legs extended to pound the ground on their next stride.

Drawing this has been a unforgettable journey of re-discovery and learning.
Part of the journey involved:

refreshing my knowledge and recollection of personal high speed gallops on various horses over various terrains and how they felt.discovering that a horse moves around 1800 litres (2 buckets of air per second)…

7 steps to crating artwork for shipping

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Every artist will be confronted at one point in time with having to ship work... safely.
Here are 7 steps to creating the crates that ship my framed work (when not hand delivered).
It is crucial that I point out that, due to my lack of DIY skills and hubby's abundance of them,  I become nothing more than an incredibly grateful bystander and  an "on-call extra hands".



Pictured above some of the tools needed: measuring tape, razor blade, screws and Makita drill. Also needed: plywood sheets (cut to measure) Foam sheets 30mm &/or 50mm thick (aprox. 6) Wood strips for corners (1 to 2 m long) Step one: Once drawing or works are securely framed with passe partout, finished frame and temporary plexiglass, measure overall size adding  the thickness of the form sheets you choose (30 or  50 mm) onto each side for padding plus the thickness of the plywood.
Step two: Have sheets of plywood cut to correct size at local DIY store where you can also find sheets of foam for paddin…