Sunday, January 26, 2014

Big Ben

Big Ben
52cm x 44cm, Coloured Pencil on Pastelmat
Original sold
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I was looking at my blog stats the other day and noticed that last year was my worst year for posting since I started blogging back in 2006 – only 17 posts for the whole year! That's not good and if I keep it up I’m not going to have any readers left, so I have decided, in an effort to be more organised, Sundays will be my ‘blogdays’! And I may even manage to fit extra posts in during the week if I surpass myself :)

Was also looking at what drawings I haven’t got round to posting on here and Big Ben is one of them ……. finished him at the end of last year. As with most of my Clydesdale drawings I got the reference for Big Ben at the Royal Highland Show and I have to say he was definitely a favourite of mine and stood out from the other Clydesdales. He was such a character, oh so handsome, and very interested in me and my camera – he just had to see what was going on! 

And I couldn’t do just one drawing of him now could I ……. nope, had to do another which is currently on my easel waiting to be finished. Commission to do first though.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Border Terrier

10''x 8'', Pencil on Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Copyright Laura Hardie 2014

So with the Christmas holidays now over it’s back to the drawing board for me and looking forward to what 2014 brings. I have some great commissions lined up and my head is full of ideas for drawings which will hopefully make it onto paper and canvas - definitely going to dust my brushes off this year and do some painting. Just need to make my mind up if I want to do watercolours, acrylics or oils …… or all three! If time (and money) allows, I’m hoping to have a trade stand at a couple of horse shows. This will be a first for me so a lot of organising there but I’ve got my application forms all ready to go. And then of course there are the exhibitions I want to enter work in to, so it’s going to be a busy year. I may also have some exciting news to share with you all but more about that at a later date if all my finger crossing has worked.   

Started the year off drawing this little lady, a Border Terrier called Myrtle, and what a character. Her wiry fur certainly kept me very busy for a while! Back to the smooth, short hair of a horse next.

Copyright Laura Hardie 2014
Please do not use without permission