Charcoal 3 two horses in paddock charcoal drawing

Contemporary equestrian art at the British Craft Trade Fair 2nd-4th April, 2017

British Craft Trade Fair 2017Diana Hand at British Craft Trade Fair    Stand 130

I will be be showing a range of unusual and original equestrian drawings available as originals and  fine art prints. I also have a reasonably priced range of small products such as silk scarves, calendars, cards, books and mugs which make excellent gifts for horse lovers of all ages and budgets.  My drawings are spontaneous, striking and simple, and make fabulous contemporary visual statements in home or office.

I  am looking forward to displaying my new work at this prestigious and long established event in the brand-new new exhibition centre on the Great Yorkshire  Showground, Harrogate.

BCTF has for the past 42 years been showcasing the best of British craft and art.  The fairs are strictly trade-only and showcase work from exclusively British and Irish makers. BCTF differs from other trade fairs in that no mass-manufactured products or products made overseas are allowed. Visitors can be confident, therefore, that they will be presented with a selection of the best hand-made British giftware available in the UK.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Running horses wash on paper

“The Horse in the Heart” exhibition of horse drawings, Edinburgh, October 2016

Exhibition at Whitespace Gallery, Howe Street, Edinburgh

Scottish-based artist Diana Hand has been drawing horses all her life.  She loves to draw “straight from the hip” – very fast and spontaneously, as a direct expression of the unconscious.

But she has been backing this up with some serious anatomical study as well.  “Most classes focus on the human model, but our bones and muscles are so similar in many respects”, she says.  Diana studied last summer at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, and with Alan McGowan in Edinburgh to develop a sound knowledge of human anatomy, which she then supplemented by close study of the equine form.

For this exhibition she has worked on a large scale, and some of the drawings are 1350 x 1000 mm. in size.  “I bought large sheets of strong paper from a specialist supplier in London and I found I enjoyed working on this scale.  I am used to being around horses and this was almost as good.”

One of her aims was to find an approach to drawing horses that was not directly figurative and also more than a rapid sketch. A lucky moment in the studio when gesso was accidentally spilt onto tissue paper, creating mysterious shapes and textures,  led her to discover a surreal and dream-like world of imaginary horses from the past.  This relates to the strong unconscious appeal that the horse continues to have for her, and, she believes, for many humans.


Carton #3

“Inside Out and Upside Down” Dunblane Museum Gallery April 2016

Carton #1

Carton #1

The anatomy of a cardboard box

In an exhibition of new drawings at Dunblane Museum Gallery, I explore the shapes, shadows and corners suggested by everyday packaging material.  This work is based on my interest in these discarded fragments of our contemporary life, and the associations and stories, not to mention the beautiful shapes and shadows, that I see in these objects.

I am experimenting with a particular approach to making art, consciously moving from concept to making and back again, as described by Donald Schon in his book “The Reflective Practitioner”.  The trigger in this case is a piece of packaging material that is quite architectural in nature.  This also picks up on my interest in and research into architectural space, and gives me a framework for the process.

I experimented with Schon’s ideas by shifting between by making drawings of the carton (from different angles, in different media and from different distances)  and pausing to reflect on what I was trying to say and  what was emerging, with reference to my personal reactions and to the work of other artists and writers. I thus tried to bridge the gap between ideas and making, and this is the purpose of the exhibition.  I have discovered that the drawing process gave me much more insight into ideas and that the ideas broadened the range of possibilities and gave me an on-going structure to work with.


“Dessiner des Chevaux” – “Draw Horses in 15 Minutes” book has been translated into French

“Dessiner des Chevaux” –   “Draw Horses in 15 Minutes”,  the  French edition

 In 2014 I was commissioned by Ilex Press to write and illustrate “Draw Horses in 15 Minutes”.  This is a great guide to learning to draw the complex subject of the horse, and gives many suggestions about finding your own style and creativity.  The book is now circulated worldwide by Octopus Press, and so far has been translated into Dutch and French.


Life Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art 2015-2016

Over the winter I continued my study of human life drawing and painting at the Continuing Education Department of the Glasgow School of Art.  The tutor for the class was Cynthia Bowles, and she was excellent.  For more information read my blog entry on the GSA site.

Studies in Anatomy 2015-2016

Writing the drawing book has inspired me to study anatomy more deeply, both human and equestrian.  Last July I spent a week at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford with tutors Sarah Simblet and Eleanor Crook.  This January I attended a weekend course in Edinburgh with Alan McGowan, and I am studying a part time course at Glasgow School of Art with Cynthia Bowles.  All these tutors have an impressive and profound knowledge of anatomy.

Draw Horses in 15 Minutes English Language edition

“Draw Horses in 15 Minutes”

Early in 2014 I was commissioned to write a book “Draw Horses in 15 Minutes” for Ilex Press, London.  The book was published in June 2015 for distribution in UK, EU and USA.  The USA edition was published early in 2016 and the Dutch edition has just been published.  The first edition has been reprinted.

Exhibition at Glasgow Art Club

In 2014 I was invited to create new work for a solo exhibition at the prestigious Glasgow Art Club. 

Norton Way Gallery Prize for Best Drawing in the “Horse in Art” exhibition

In July 2014 my drawing “Tang Horse with Blanket” won the Norton Way Gallery Prize for Best Drawing in Exhibition at the Society of Equestrian Artists “Horse in Art” exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.