I first met this strong looking woman about 7 years ago. We used to pass her on our daily walks . She stood tall, weathered by life experiences, feeling her age yet soldiering on – that is until she gave way for a fire break… I’m glad I started her portrait before her demise and have reference photos.
Except when it’s wooden maybe? I received a gift of a little statue of a horse in February in celebration of my birthday. The statue also commemorated the Chinese Year of the Wooden Horse. It’s only about 6 cms high but had such presence I just had to draw it.
I found some paper called ‘Elephant Hide’ at a local art supplies store which had an antique look to it that I thought went with the theme of representing the long standing culture of the Chinese and their Zodiac. I tested the paper out and it takes all manner of media well including heaps of water – but it doesn’t take erasure! Nevertheless I decided graphite suited my purpose and the paper best. This is the result – in a frame that also seemed to suit the style!
2014 Year of the Wooden Horse – by Helen Lock
I’m very happy that it raised funds for a worthy cause at auction 🙂
Today is the last day of Summer in Australia but reality seems to be parting ways with our old Roman calendar with today’s temperature approaching 40 degrees Celsius in the Perth Hills. Nevertheless it’s a way of marking time and impressing on me how fast time has passed lately!
Progress has been slow on The Beer Belly Tree despite the errant air-conditioner being fixed. I did however complete a commission for a father and baby daughter portrait. It was the first time I’ve done a portrait of people I’ve never met and I found it unsettling to attempt to bring humans to life from a small photograph. Happily the commissioner was very happy with the result – phew!
Father and Daughter – By Helen Lock
Maybe I’ll have more projects reach fruition during Autumn and enjoy taking in my harvest. I think I need to take heed of this pearl of wisdom from Pablo Picasso:
“All human beings are born with the same creative potential. Most people squander theirs away on a million superfluous things. I expend mine on one thing and one thing only: my art.”