Monday 3 December 2018

The Endangered Ones no.1 and 2

No.1 Wild Asiatic Buffalo x John Travolta.
No.2  Black Lechwe x Reece Witherspoon

Here are the first two of a series of drawings I've started working on. I got the idea when I was looking through and old book called 'The Endangered Ones' which a neighbour gave me. Its a pretty old picture book (1975) with some cool photos and illustrations, detailing the near destruction of many species worldwide. I haven't checked yet what's happened to them over the last 43 years.
Anyhow, at the same time as I was looking through it I was kind of simultaneously in a google hole looking at some  pretty bad photos of film stars on beaches and the idea came about. I'm not totally sure what I'm saying here, but I'm thinking it will all make when I've done a few more. So stay tuned.

Sunday 11 November 2018

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018

This is the painting of Sherwood high street that was my submission piece for Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. I'm pleased with it, unlike the painting I did on the actual program! (Which I'll share with you at some other point. )

It was all a rather strange and wonderful experience.

On the negative side didn't get through the 'heats' stage of the competition, but on the plus side I don't think I showed myself up too badly and my kids got to see their Dad on TV.
On the negative side I really did not practice working within the constraints of the competition beforehand (finishing a painting in 4 hours, outside), but on the plus side it was a massive learning experience in many, many ways because of this.

Tracy and I had a nice day out and I'm sure I'll probably give it another go sometime. If I am lucky enough to ever get on something like this again I'll definitely be braver, artistically speaking, that's for sure.

Urban Landscapes

These two paintings are currently hanging in Barrios Tapas Restaurant in Sherwood if you fancy going to see them I'd definitely recommend the patatas bravas.

Stencil and Graffiti Marker Portraits

Here are two portraits on board that I made when experimenting with spray paint and markers. The first one is of my youngest son and the other is of my brother.

I love the look of surfaces that are layered with Graffiti. I imagine I'm probably going to experiment with this style more often in the future.

Two recent portraits

Here are two recent portraits I made that were featured in Sherwood Art Week. The first is of Tracy - late one Saturday evening in Antalya Kebab house in town.

The second is of our friend Jude wearing an amazing coat.