Do you love snow? Or hate it with a passion bordering on rage? Does a hit of the white stuff bring out your inner child or Demon! Maybe snow’s causing you chaos? We Brits still aren’t prepared for any significant level of snowfall. Much to the surprise of continental Europe and America who marvel at our unpreparedness in the face of a mere few inches of the white stuff The truth is heavy snow is unusual for most of Brits, especially in the lowlands. ! Scratch that, any snow is unusual for us! Maybe it’s the novelty, but snow provides masses of inspiration when it comes. As an artist, my major issue with snow is how to depict it without slipping into the twee. And the association that snow = Christmas. Oops, slipped up there! Or did I throw you off with the green Holly Berries? There’s plenty of scope for interest with snowy pictures. The snow’s texture, the icicles, the way trees droop under the weight of it, light reflecting and sparkling off the snow, outlines smoothed beneath a unifying blanket. But how to create the image? One technique I employ is photography. With digital cameras much of the […]
Have you ever wanted to sketch but couldn’t? On one such day, I woke to sunshine and planned to paint. The children were off which cramped my style somewhat. They do like to be entertained. Solution? Take them for a picnic! Happy children, happy parent and happy dog! What could possibly go wrong? So, we set off for the woods – the dog, children et moi! Fully intending to sketch I took all my gear. Le Grand plan:- To create one or more masterpieces whilst the children played blissfully throwing a ball for the dog! I either have delusions of grandeur or have watched far too many bad American movies/sitcoms. You know, the ones that are saccharin sweet and have a strong moral at the end. Then insult your intelligence by hammering it home right at the end? Usually in the form of a diary entry or letter? Oh how naive I was! (laughs hysterically). Of course the one game they wanted to play was running full speed through the woods and hiding. Between carrying all the gear, in a bag that kept falling off (I’ve lost my rucksack), and looking for the dog/children – I managed about 10 lines, […]
Towering Shard As we begin 2017, I wanted to share some of the photographs I’ve taken that haven’t made it into paintings, yet. They may do at some point, who knows, you’ll have to wait and see. So I’m introducing a “Photo of the month”. The Shard towers over London and seems an appropriate image to begin the year. The sense of looking upwards, maybe into the future? We are at the beginning of a year, after all. A year full of promise and the unknown. The building was still under construction at the time. I took this on one of my first photo tours of London, gathering reference images for my paintings. As you can see, there were no clouds. Seems to be a theme whenever I intentionally go on a photo-shoot. I’ve probably jinxed myself by saying that, we’ll see. This is one of the first pictures I took, I was trying to get the height of the building into one picture, and I took a lot of photos. I eventually decided on an even closer image which resulted in the painting “The Birth of the Shard” As you can see in the link, I took […]
The sky yields some amazing sites… Not all of them natural. My passion being Hot Air Balloons. This lovely image from Pile of Photos. reminds me of the childish excitement I feel when I spot one. Mine photos never quite wow like this. My best image is … Wait for it… And here it is… Finally! Hmm, not very impressive is it? We spotted it on the motorway. The little phone camera has no zoom and with the car and balloon moving etc, etc… Whatever! Hot Air Balloons always gladden my heart. Frequently seen where I live. They bring out my inner child. They Represent freedom, movement and adventure! There is little control over where you actually go! The impression that remains after seeing one totally compensates for my lack of Camera skills! And I haven’t begun to talk about Balloon artwork! Yet! OK, I feel another post coming on… And in the meantime, I’d love you to see any amazing balloons you’ve seen if you’d like to share? Go-on engage your inner child as well! Expect the Unexpected is about seeing the unusual in everyday life or appreciating those sights that most of us walk by and ignore. Open […]
I love buildings. Old building are fun and connect us to our past. But new buildings have an infinite capacity to surprise! Driving to Rochdale from Manchester I saw this… On a familiar route traveled daily in my childhood. But unvisited for 10+ years. Expecting to see a large railway works to be occupying the area. (Approx 1 square mile of 6 ft high brick walls with 4 ft high fencing atop) I was anticipating a dull, dark and decaying urban scene. But greeting me was some type of sculpture. Or so I first thought! It took a while to comprehend my first vision of Central Park Station. I’m a little disappointed it has a function… Like it needs one? What do you think? Expect the Unexpected is about seeing the unusual in everyday life or appreciating those sights that most of us walk by and ignore. Open your eyes and look for them! If you have any images of unexpected sights you’d like me to share. Please email a jpeg to email@example.com with a description about how and where you found it! Please note they must be REAL photos (no photo-shopping). Artwork in unusual places is fine.
I’m loving about my residency at Fringe MK! And especially the funky artwork scattered around the place! There are some quirky and amazing pieces. But, I think this is my favourite! Yes, it IS a old car with long, rusty, metal, spikes stuck in it! A car made to look like a hedgehog. Brilliant! And… The plate reads “Flat Mate”. Inspired! It’s by Jessica Rost. We need more humour in art… Don’t you agree? Expect the Unexpected is about seeing the unusual in everyday life or appreciating those sights that most of us walk by and ignore. Open your eyes and look for them! If you have any images of unexpected sights you’d like me to share. Please email a jpeg to firstname.lastname@example.org with a description about how and where you found it! Please note they must be REAL photos (no photo-shopping). Artwork in unusual places is fine.