Friday, 23 December 2011

Day 50!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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16 x 23"

There were days when I thought I'd never get here! 50 drawings in 50 days. All the Christmas commissions are finished and I'm really looking forward to having tomorrow off.
Thank you for staying with me during this project. I will do a wee 'De-brief' tomorrow when it's had a chance to sink in!
Thank you!

Day 49

16 x 23"

Day 48

'Nosey D'
16 x 11"

Couldn't resist!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Day 45

‘Seamus of Strathmashie'
(Strathmashie Seamus Mhor)
16 x 23"

Seamus is the resident stallion on the Isle of Muck in the Small Isles off Scotland's west coast. He is a handsome boy, well, actually he's a little older than a boy, but he's just as handsome as the young colts. His gorgeous mane drips down his sturdy shoulders framing his stunning face. 

Day 44

'Movement Study II'
16 x 23"

I know this is an unusual composition - what with missing out the head! But I wanted to concentrate on the movement and the muscles. This is an anatomical study more than a horse drawing.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Day 43

16 x 23"

Listening to radio 4 whilst working on commissions is all very well (and calming) but when it comes to the 50 Drawings there's nothing better than the band Muse on full volume. I need to make a compilation for drawing to... perhaps I should have thought of this 42 days ago!
One more week to go!

Thanks for staying with me!

Thursday, 15 December 2011

50 Drawings in 50 Days

All the drawings from the 50 days project are available as prints and cards.
The prints are available in sizes A4 - £15 and  the A3 - £30 and the cards are £2.50 each.

Day 42

'Highland II'
15 x 23"

What can I say - I love Highlands!

Day 41

16 x 23"
This drawing was inspired by the Riders of the Storm during their demonstration at Glamis.
These two horses were walking together while a stunt-girl was thrilling the audience with acrobatics on theirs backs. The horses looked so relaxed the whole time, despite people clambering over them and the crowd cheering. I love the closeness of the two horses... makes me want to find some wild horses in a herd to draw! Who knows!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Day 40!

Day 40
16 x 22"

Todays creation is once again inspired from my visit to Blair Horse Trials. The horse in the drawing was one of three lovely horses that were being used to show off Le Trec to the visitors. He stood still whilst his rider draped a Scotland flag over, around and under his head. He didn't flinch a bit. He was a perfect demonstration horse for Le Trec.
Sometimes, quite often actually, in art you have to know when to give up on a drawing that just isn't working out. And other times you need to know when you can keep pushing it to get something you are happy with. I am really glad that I persevered with this drawing - I very nearly gave up. I wanted to emphasise the important features - the eye and the nostrils and i've been wanting to try a dark back ground with the horse appearing out of the darkness.
I'm pleased with where this drawing has gone to - hope you like it.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Day 35

16 x 22"

Today I had my heart set on drawing a dressage themed picture, but sometimes you have to accept defeat. Something just wasn't working for me and I wasn't happy with the way the drawing was going. So, while looking for inspiration for my next attempt - this wee fella caught my attention. He had escaped from his field and was trotting about the yard being very inquisitive.
Life is too short for being serious all the time!

Oh, and this marks 5 weeks of the project Two weeks and two days to go!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Day 34

'Showtime II'
15 x 23"

Part two of the Showtime images. 
This drawing is of one of the British show-jumpers competing at Blair this year. The rider was walking him around the arena during the prize-giving. He was rather fidgety and wouldn't stand still like the other horses
 The muscle definition and the shine on their coats is gorgeous. I like the way charcoal can show off light on the form - or rather, the removal of charcoal shows the highlights.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Day 33

16 x 23"

Another drawing inspired from my visits to this summers horse trials. 
I cannot wait for the summer to come around again so I can gather more reference material - it's addictive.
Anyway, this boy was enjoying a moment of peace and quiet before he entered the ring. He was so still and calm - nothing like show days when I was younger! But his ears and eyes showed that he was ready for what was coming. A lovely moment to capture.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Day 32

'My Girl'
16.5 x 23"

The title may give this one away, but this is a drawing of my pony 'Kally'. She has huge, soft eyes, long elegant ears and a fine head. Well, in the summer anyway, in the winter she turns into a hairy monster!
I like the simplicity of this drawing, with the focus being on the important features - her eyes, ears, muzzle and dished nose.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Day 31

16.5 x 22"

The Highland in this drawing is another from my Glamis Countryside Fair collection! I'm surprised I spent any time at my stall considering all the reference images I took on the weekend. 
The Highland was on display as part of an education stand which aimed to inform the public about how wonderful Highlands Ponies are, especially in Scotland. There was information on the breed and the history of Highlands. I do have a soft spot for Highlands (and Friesians and Welshies and ... well I haven't met a breed I don't like!). This particular pony had a beautiful dappled coat and this is my first attempt at drawing a dappled. I didn't want to over do it but I did want to give a suggestion of the dapples.
Hope you like it...

Day 30

20 x 28"

I am quite pleased with this drawing of a hawk from Glamis Countryside Fair. I like the messy lines around the hawk which, to me, suggests movement and energy. The feathers were amazingly detailed but i didn't want to get too involved in the detail for this drawing. The scale of the drawing is quite large, which i hope helps with the drama of the piece - not excluding the scarey eye! 

Day 29

15 x 11"

This rooster really belongs in full colour. There were so many amazing colour through the feathers - reds, blues, oranges, purples and then the yellow of his beak, - watch this space!!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Dairsie Does Different

Just a quick note to say Thank you so much to everyone who came along today. I had a lovely day and it was lovely to hear all your comments.

I can't wait to get stuck in about the commissions, and thanks to everyone who has been following my '50 Days' project - I didn't realise there was so much support.

Please excuse the lack of yesterdays picture - I'm now back home and just heading to the studio to catch up. It's going to be a late night so perhaps it's best to check back tomorrow!?

Thanks again,
I really appreciate it!


Thursday, 1 December 2011

Day Twenty Eight

'Mane Study'
16 x 11"

I love the way this horses mane pours down his neck when he lowers his head. I've been wanting to draw this for sometime and then I found my photographs this morning. Perfect.
Charcoal is fantastic for drawing manes as it allows you to draw different thicknesses, shading is easy and removing bits for highlights is easy too. Definitely one of my favourite mediums to work with. I especially enjoy the way you can show movement with charcoal when you use it on it's side. 

Day 27

16.5 x 23"

I love to show energy in my work and focusing on just the legs is a good way to practice.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Day Twenty Six

'Wild at Heart'
15 x 23.5"

This drawing is a little late in going up. It should have been up yesterday. However, I was at the funeral of a friend yesterday and the drawing wasn't quite finished in time. I decided that I wanted to donate the money from this drawing, in memory of my friend, to Maggie's Centre.
The mare in this drawing is beautiful - she reminded me of every little girls dream horse with her long flowing mane and gorgeous eyes. A real lady. The blustery day added to her dream-like status as the wind whipped her mane and forelock around her head. I wouldn't have been surprised to see a little horn at her forehead! 

Monday, 28 November 2011

Day 25

9 x 16.5"

The inspiration behind this drawing was the ridden Clydesdale class at Blair Horse Trials this year. The power and energy emanate from these horses as they canter around the ring at the end of the class. Standing just on the other side of the ring as 10 massive horses charge past inches from you is quite exhilarating!
You can feel the beat from their hooves in your heart. Amazing!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Day Twenty Four

'Sleeping Beauty'
Graphite and Charcoal
11 x 13"

I loved the angles created as this sweet little gelding enjoys the sun. So cute.

Day Twenty Three

'Highland Colts'
Charcoal and Graphite
8 x 11"

These cheeky colts are from the Isle of Muck on the West coast of Scotland. They were fantastic to watch. So full of life and the joys of... well, actually, it was February - so winter!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Day Twenty Two

12 x 23.4"
I have drawn this horse before during this project but sometimes a piece of work needs to be tried in different ways to get different effects. The previous version of this drawing had the bridle and whole head. This unusual cropping of the image work well to show the drama in a piece...I may return to this again soon or in a few years. Sometimes an image haunts me until I work it out!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Day Nineteen

'Highland Foal'
11.5 x 16.5"

This lovely wee dun foal was one of last years foals from the Isle of Muck. A gorgeous wee thing. I can't wait to go back and see how he's turned out. If the colts that were there at the time are anything to go by, he'll be a stunner.

Dairsie Does Different and The Big Pink Xmas Craft Fair

Just a wee reminder that I'll be appearing at the following events in the run up to Christmas:

Inchcoonans Equestrian
11am - 2pm
Sunday the 27th of November
Inchcoonans House

Dairsie Does Different at Christmas
Saturday the 3rd of December
10am - 4pm
Dairsie Memorial Hall
(between St Andrews and Cupar)

The Big Pink Xmas Craft Fair
Saturday the 10th of December
12.30pm - 8.30pm
Arbroath Westkirk Hall, 
Keptie Street, Arbroath

Monday, 21 November 2011

Day Eighteen

11.5 x 16.5"

This drawing is of a chestnut mare who was competing at this years Fife Show. I chose graphite for this drawing as i like the way it looks energetic and kind of messy, which I think helps show the life in the horse.

Day Seventeen

'Field Studies'
11.5 x 16.5"
Not For Sale

I thought it might be quite nice to show an example of my sketches when I'm working from life. As you can see, these images are drawn very quickly. I usually have about 5 drawings on the go at the same time and return to each as the horses move back into a similar pose.
I love the results from these days and think i might try some big scale versions in charcoal or oil pastel. However, the inquisitive nature of the horses may cause some problems...