Tuesday, 29 November 2016


Great morning at a racing yard today observing the horses in and out of their stables - and a chance to check on my anatomy after several months of study in the studio.  It was a joy to be with real horses and especially these ones, which are in hard racing condition.  Real athletes but there was a calm and happy atmosphere.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Draw Horses in 15 Minutes now published in France

French edition

United States edition

Dutch edition    
Delighted to receive in the post today my sample copy of the French translation of my book - to go with the Dutch and the United States editions already published..  And with the UK edition as well, of course.  Customers have been reporting viewings of the book on sale in Dubai, and I have seen it in Waterstones.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Flanders Moss, Stirlingshire in November

Cold evening, view from my workshop window with the snowy hills to the east reflecting the sunset.   Beautiful! 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A certain week in November

Sometimes you just need some comfort food....

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Dnblane Museum Gallery

Diana Hand   Dunblane Museum garden in the rain   (2016)  SOLD

Diana Hand  Dunblane Museum space study #1 (2016)

Diana Hand  Dunblane Museum space study #2 (2016)

Dunblane Museum Gallery are hosting their second Winter Exhibition for local artists who have exhibited in the Museum during 2016.  Each artist has been asked to submit 5-6 small pieces of work.

This event will be launched on the evening of 24th November, and will also be open each Saturday morning from then up until Christmas.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Painting with dye - the abstract tendency

Making velvet scarves with dye, here are some of the details.  I can see a link to painting here, but how I do find this freedom with paint?  A conundrum but getting a little closer to being do-able.

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Classical drawing and painting

Life model in class

I am back at Glasgow School of Art evening class studying classical painting with Cynthia Bowles as teacher.  The challenge for me is to create a sense of form using range of tones, and eventually paint..  In the studio I am practising this technique with horses as the subject.  

Tonal paint sketch from anatomy book

Tonal paint sketch from anatomy book

Quick sketch from imagination developed with form and tone in mind