Will be taking part in Brush with Fame event on Sunday 28th May. Come along and see artists have a brush with fame and work under timed conditions. So, no pressure there then? Part of the Bucks Open Studios promotions, here are the details. I haven’t done any portraits for a while so more that a bit nervous, but it should be a fun event. Do join us!
Finding Art inspiration is a constant challenge. Wherever I go I’m always looking for new things to paint and draw. I’ve learnt that finding art inspiration is not a case of sitting and waiting for it to appear. It’s capturing the ideas when they come. Art inspiration is elusive. Which is why I always have my phone ready to take pictures and make notes. On a day out in London, the taxi passed this bicycle. Chained up against the railings and looking very neglected. It’s lost its saddle, has a flat tyre and was covered in rust. Everything about it speaks of abandonment. I was inspired and… Snapped this photograph in passing. It’s not the first time I’ve found inspiration from an abandoned bike. I’m fascinated by abandoned bicycles in general It’s not unusual to see neglected bikes in cities or in rural areas, although this one in a tree is particularly unusual. I often wonder what happened to them? Why leave a bike chained to railings? Did the owners decide they no longer needed them? Too lazy to dispose of them properly, they just leave them locked up. Chained to a railing on a lamppost somewhere. Or perhaps it […]
The London Eye has captured public imagination. It’s dominant, impressive and overshadows everything around it. Near the London Eye is a statue. It too is impressive, but not on the scale of the London Eye but what it represents is arguably more impressive. It’s a memorial sculpture for the International Brigade. Created by Ian Walters in bronze, it recognises those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. A powerful image of four figures supporting a fifth wounded figure. As you stand next to it at night and look to the Thames the London Eye towers over it like a halo. Which was my choice for the painting. Here is the first stage of the painting it inspired the graphite image with the figures central to the halo created by the Eye itself.. The image of Atlas carrying the World sprang to mind. This is how it looked after the initial washes and ink application had been allowed to dry overnight. I then started to emphasise details with ink. This is when I usually start blowing the ink around. Looking at the results form the salting I was keen to keep as much of this texture as possible. And here is […]